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ERIC Number: EJ1063121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
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ISSN: ISSN-0271-8294
A Comprehensive Definition of Morphological Awareness: Implications for Assessment
Apel, Kenn
Topics in Language Disorders, v34 n3 p197-209 Jul-Sep 2014
Purpose: Although there is an increasing body of evidence for the important role morphological awareness plays in written language development, there is little consensus on a fully specified definition of this linguistic awareness ability. Without agreement on a definition, several problems arise, at least one of which impacts researchers' and practitioners' ability to fully and consistently assess students' morphological awareness abilities. Method: In the first portion of this article, I discuss insufficiencies with current definitions of morphological awareness and propose a more comprehensive definition. Following this, I relate the implications of this new definition for assessment: the inability of current norm-referenced tests and experimenter-designed tasks to meet the definition and considerations from the research to keep in mind about stimuli on morphological awareness tasks. Conclusion: In the final segment of the article, I provide implications and suggestions for practitioners who wish to assess morphological awareness in a comprehensive manner, using the new definition as a guide to measure students' morphological awareness abilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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