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ERIC Number: EJ877947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0827-3383
Narrative Voices of Early Adolescents: Influences of Learning Disability and Cultural Background
Celinska, Dorota K.
International Journal of Special Education, v24 n3 p150-172 2009
This study analyzed personal and fictional narratives of culturally/ethnically diverse students with and without learning disabilities. The participants were 82 fourth to seventh graders from urban and suburban schools located in a Midwest metropolitan area. Narratives were elicited in the context of naturalistic conversation and analyzed using High Point Analysis and Episodic Analysis. The significant effects of student ethnic/cultural background, learning disability and the interaction of the two factors were found on several narrative facets in both personal and fictional genres. The findings are interpreted beyond the traditional deficit-based approach, pointing out to possible influences of student ethnic/cultural background. Educational implications for assessment and narrative-based instruction for diverse narrators are discussed. (Contains 11 tables and 5 graphs.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7
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Language: English
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