Stephens, M. Irene (Mary Irene)
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Communicative Disorders
Language disorders in children--Diagnosis; Storytelling ability in children
In an attempt to develop an efficient language- screening device for upper elementary school grades, a story retelling task was presented to 7th- and 8th-grade subjects. Thirty language-able and 30 language-disabled 7th and 8th graders were asked to retell a fantasy story which they had just heard. Their retellings were ortho- graphically transcribed and scored for the measures of amount of information, garbling ratio, and accuracy of inferences drawn. The children's performances were analyzed and the variables of interest were grade and language status. On all three measures, the language-able out-performed the language-disabled but there was no grade effect and no interactions were found. A moderate correlation was found between the ability to draw inferences and recall information; however teachers'/clinicians' ratings did not correlate with any of the measures. Recommendations for further research are offered.
Fritzsche, Mary, "Story retelling performances of language-able and language-disabled 7th and 8th graders" (1988). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 5059.
Northern Illinois University
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