ERIC Number: EJ1157874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Assessing Understanding of Relative Clauses: A Comparison of Multiple-Choice Comprehension versus Sentence Repetition
Frizelle, Pauline; O'Neill, Clodagh; Bishop, Dorothy V. M.
Journal of Child Language, v44 n6 p1435-1457 Nov 2017
Although sentence repetition is considered a reliable measure of children's grammatical knowledge, few studies have directly compared children's sentence repetition performance with their understanding of grammatical structures. The current study aimed to compare children's performance on these two assessment measures, using a multiple-choice picture-matching sentence comprehension task and a sentence repetition task. Thirty-three typically developing children completed both assessments, which included relative clauses representing a range of syntactic roles. Results revealed a similar order of difficulty of constructions on both measures but little agreement between them when evaluating individual differences. Interestingly, repetition was the easier of the two measures, with children showing the ability to repeat sentences they did not understand. This discrepancy is primarily attributed to the additional processing load resulting from the design of multiple-choice comprehension tasks, and highlights the fact that these assessments are invoking skills beyond those of linguistic competence.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Elementary School Students, Reading Tests, Multiple Choice Tests, Reading Comprehension, Phrase Structure, Sentences, Repetition, Grammar, Syntax, Statistical Analysis
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Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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