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ERIC Number: EJ1107098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7237
Becoming Independent Storytellers: Modeling Children's Development of Narrative Macrostructure
Kelly, Kimberly Reynolds; Bailey, Alison Louise
First Language, v33 n1 p68-88 Feb 2013
For parents to provide effective support for their children's language development, they must be attuned to their child's changing abilities. This study presents a theoretically driven strategy that addresses a methodological challenge present when tracking longitudinally the cessation or "fading" of behaviors by capturing withdrawal of maternal assistance over time relative to change in child participation. Data are the co-constructed narratives of 31 mother-child dyads when the children were 3, 4, and 5 years old. Responsibility for providing narrative macrostructure shifted from children relying on maternal prompts to contributing them spontaneously, while maternal contributions showed a gradual cessation. The findings support the notion of bidirectionality in co-construction and are interpreted using a dose-effect model of the shift in responsibility for the narration over time with implications for intervention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 5T32MH1837215(20)