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ERIC Number: EJ924939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Understanding the Landscapes of Stories: The Association between Preschoolers' Narrative Comprehension and Production Skills and Cognitive Abilities
Curenton, Stephanie M.
Early Child Development and Care, v181 n6 p791-808 2011
Seventy-two African-American and European American low-income preschoolers attending Head Start and community childcare centres were asked to create an oral story using a wordless picture book, then told an oral story using the same book and asked follow-up comprehension questions. Children's performance was better on questions addressing the character's actions versus his motives/intentions. Five-year-olds outperformed three-year-olds, and African-Americans outperformed European Americans on questions about the character's motives/intentions. After controlling for children's age and ethnicity, the only narrative skill that predicted cognitive abilities was narrative quality: children who created narratives that included the character's motives/intentions had higher cognitive skills. (Contains 1 figure, 5 tables, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A