ERIC Number: EJ1065985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Oral Narrative Skills: Explaining the Language-Emergent Literacy Link by Race/Ethnicity and SES
Gardner-Neblett, Nicole; Iruka, Iheoma U.
Developmental Psychology, v51 n7 p889-904 Jul 2015
Although children's early language skills have been found to predict literacy outcomes, little is known about the role of preschool oral narrative skills in the pathway between language and emergent literacy or how these associations differ by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The current study uses the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study to explore how language at age 2 is associated with narrative skills at age 4 and emergent literacy outcomes at age 5 for a nationally representative sample of children. Findings demonstrate that early language is associated with narrative skills for most children. Oral narrative skills were found to mediate the pathway between early language and kindergarten emergent literacy for poor and nonpoor African American children. Implications for children's literacy development and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Race, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, Correlation, Longitudinal Studies, Emergent Literacy, Poverty, Narration, Language Skills, Oral Language, Role, Preschool Children, Kindergarten, African American Students, Age Differences, Language Acquisition, Story Telling, Path Analysis, Statistical Analysis, White Students, Hispanic American Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey; MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test
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