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ERIC Number: EJ1079898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
The Dimensionality of Language Ability in Young Children
Pentimonti, Jill; O'Connell, Ann; Justice, Laura; Cain, Kate
Child Development, v86 n6 p1948-1965 Nov-Dec 2015
The purpose of this study was to empirically examine the dimensionality of language ability for young children (4-8 years) from prekindergarten to third grade (n = 915), theorizing that measures of vocabulary and grammar ability will represent a unitary trait across these ages, and to determine whether discourse skills represent an additional source of variance in language ability. Results demonstrated emergent dimensionality of language across development with distinct factors of vocabulary, grammar, and discourse skills by third grade, confirming that discourse skills are an important source of variance in children's language ability and represent an important additional dimension to be accounted for in studying growth in language skills over the course of childhood. [This paper was prepared by the authors who represent the Task Force of the Language and Reading Research Consortium (LARRC).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Kansas; Nebraska; Ohio
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Clinical Evaluation of Language Functions; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305F100002