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ERIC Number: EJ824979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Language Skills in Shy and Non-Shy Preschoolers and the Effects of Assessment Context
Spere, Katherine A.; Evans, Mary Ann; Hendry, Carol-Anne; Mansell, Jubilea
Journal of Child Language, v36 n1 p53-71 Jan 2009
Nineteen shy, twenty-three middle and twenty-five non-shy junior kindergarten children were assessed at school by an unfamiliar examiner, and at home where their parents administered a parallel form of the expressive and receptive vocabulary tests given at school. A speech sample between the child and parent was also collected at home. Shy children spoke less than non-shy and middle children at home. Additionally, the parents of shy children spoke less than parents of non-shy children. Although there were no language differences between the groups, results showed a context effect for expressive vocabulary, in that all groups of children scored higher at school. The pattern of results suggests that previously observed language differences found between shy and non-shy children are not robust, and that testing children at school does not negatively impact their performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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