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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Silva, M., and Cain, K. (2017) The use of questions to scaffold narrative coherence and cohesion. Journal of Research in Reading, 42 (1) doi: 10.1111/1467-9817.12129. which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9817.12129 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>02/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Research in Reading
Issue number1
Volume42
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)1-17
Publication statusPublished
Early online date11/10/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We examined the quality of 4- to 6-year-olds’ production of narratives from picture sequences. Children (N = 81) first viewed a narrative picture sequence and then completed the narrative production task in each of two orders: either before or after answering a set of questions about the core elements of the story. Narratives elicited after questions were more coherent than those produced before the questions. In contrast, task order did not influence the cohesion of narratives nor the accuracy of responses to questions. An independent measure of memory was related to the gains in narrative coherence after answering questions. The results are discussed in relation to the role of questions as a guide to the structural elements of a narrative and a scaffold for understanding.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Silva, M., and Cain, K. (2017) The use of questions to scaffold narrative coherence and cohesion. Journal of Research in Reading, 42 (1) doi: 10.1111/1467-9817.12129. which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9817.12129 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.