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ERIC Number: EJ1015247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Dual Development of Conversational and Narrative Discourse: Mother and Child Interactions during Narrative Co-Construction
Kelly, Kimberly Reynolds; Bailey, Alison L.
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v59 n4 Article 3 p426-460 Oct 2013
We investigated longitudinally the co-constructed narratives of 31 mother-child dyads collected when the children were 3-, 4-, and 5-years old, examining the dual development of child conversational and narrative discourse skills and the impact of maternal verbal assistance. Linear mixed-model analysis revealed that children's developmental trajectories toward successful responsiveness and contingency differed as a function of maternal scaffold type. Qualitative analyses revealed that children's use of both narrative and conversational skills during narrative co-construction made it difficult for the dyad to participate in effective co-construction. We discuss the challenges children face when simultaneously employing their understanding of appropriate participation in conversation and their knowledge about what makes a narrative structurally coherent, as well as the strategies that mothers can use to assist their children in navigating the conversational demands of narrative co-construction. (Contains 4 figures, 3 tables, and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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