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Oral language and listening comprehension: same or different constructs?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/05/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Issue number5
Volume60
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)1273-1284
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to add to our understanding of the dimensionality of oral language in children and to determine whether oral language and listening comprehension are separate constructs in children enrolled in preschool (PK) through third grade.
Method: In the spring of the school year children from four states (n=1,869) completed multiple measures of oral language (i.e., expressive and receptive vocabulary and grammar) and listening comprehension as part of a larger study of the language bases of reading comprehension.
Results: Initial confirmatory factor analysis found evidence that measures of oral language and listening comprehension loaded on two separate factors in preschool through 3rd grade; however, these factors were highly correlated at all grades.
Conclusion: These results suggest that oral language and listening comprehension are best characterized as a single oral language construct in grades PK through 3. The implications for early identification and intervention are discussed.

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Copyright © 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - final version published at http://jslhr.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2626801