ERIC Number: EJ1018602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
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A Long-Term Predictive Validity Study: Can the CDI Short Form be Used to Predict Language and Early Literacy Skills Four Years Later?
Can, Dilara Deniz; Ginsburg-Block, Marika; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathryn
Journal of Child Language, v40 n4 p821-835 Sep 2013
This longitudinal study examined the predictive validity of the MacArthur Communicative Developmental Inventories-Short Form (CDI-SF), a parent report questionnaire about children's language development (Fenson, Pethick, Renda, Cox, Dale & Reznick, 2000). Data were first gathered from parents on the CDI-SF vocabulary scores for seventy-six children (mean age = 1;10). Four years later (mean age = 6;1), children were assessed on language outcomes (expressive vocabulary, syntax, semantics and pragmatics) and code-related skills, including phonemic awareness, word recognition and decoding skills. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that early expressive vocabulary accounted for 17% of the variance in picture vocabulary, 11% of the variance in syntax, and 7% of the variance in semantics, while not accounting for any variance in pragmatics in kindergarten. CDI-SF scores did not predict code-related skills in kindergarten. The importance of early vocabulary skills for later language development and CDI-SF as a valuable research tool are discussed.
Descriptors: Semantics, Pragmatics, Word Recognition, Longitudinal Studies, Parent Attitudes, Questionnaires, Vocabulary Development, Regression (Statistics), Scores, Children, Expressive Language, Syntax, Pictorial Stimuli, Language Skills, Emergent Literacy, Prediction, Child Language, Language Acquisition
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory