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ERIC Number: EJ810040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
The Effect of Children's Gender and Parental Education on Toddler Language Development
Umek, Ljubica Marjanovic; Fekonja, Urska; Kranjc, Simona; Bajc, Katja
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v16 n3 p325-342 Sep 2008
Several studies have demonstrated that children's gender and parental education exert a significant, but not equal, effect on toddler language development at different ages. This study determined the effect of children's gender and parental education on the verbal competence of toddlers between 16 and 30 months. The sample included 953 Slovenian toddlers (approximately half boys and half girls) whose parents differed in the level of formal education completed. Their language competence was evaluated using the Inventory of Communicative Competence for Toddlers Aged 16 to 30 Months: Words and Sentences (ICC/Words and Sentences: Marjanovic Umek et al. 2004). The parents provided an evaluation of the toddlers' use of language. The findings demonstrate that gender has a significant effect on toddlers' language competence, regardless of their age. Parents assessed girls as more verbally competent than boys in all of the language use areas evaluated, regardless of their age. Parental education had a significant effect on certain areas of toddlers' language competence, regardless of their gender. On the basis of these findings, it can be concluded that at the age of 16 to 30 months important developmental changes occur in the areas of toddler language competence that were evaluated. (Contains 1 note, 4 tables, and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Slovenia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory