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ERIC Number: EJ1142451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7237
The Bidirectional Nature of Narrative Scaffolding: Latino Caregivers' Elaboration While Creating Stories from a Picture Book
Schick, Adina R.; Melzi, Gigliana; Obregón, Javanna
First Language, v37 n3 p301-316 Jun 2017
Although caregiver narrative elaboration is seen as a critical dimension for children's development of narrative skills, research has yet to show a predictive relation between caregiver elaboration and child outcomes for low-income Latino children. The present study explored whether specific types of narrative elaboration were predicted by and predictive of Latino children's language and storytelling skills. Results showed that, whereas provision of new elaboration was negatively predictive of children's language skills, provision of embellished elaboration predicted more advanced language skills six months later. Moreover, caregivers whose children had more developed language and storytelling skills included fewer new elaborations, but more embellished elaborations. The findings highlight Latino caregivers' responsiveness and sensitivity to children's abilities and further our understanding of the nuanced ways in which narrative elaboration is used by Latino caregivers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Preschool Language Scale
Grant or Contract Numbers: 90YR0034