Narrative comprehension skills of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children in their first year of school
Shoebridge, Sarah J., Flanagan, Kieran J. and Pearce, Wendy M.. (2021). Narrative comprehension skills of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children in their first year of school. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 23(6), pp. 632-640. https://doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2021.1914729
|Authors||Shoebridge, Sarah J., Flanagan, Kieran J. and Pearce, Wendy M.|
Purpose: The suitability of existing speech-language pathology assessments for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) children is questioned in the literature. There is emerging evidence that the differences reported between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children on standardised assessment are diminished on more naturalistic assessments such as narrative production (macrostructure and microstructure). Little is documented, however, about the narrative comprehension skills of Australian children. This study explores the narrative comprehension skills of 40 typically developing Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children in their first year of school.
Method: A cross-sectional comparative research design was used. Three non-standardised narrative assessments incorporating comprehension-production protocols were administered. Question responses were scored for accuracy and categorised according to story grammar targeted and inference (literal vs. non-literal). In addition, all participants completed the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test fourth edition (PPVT-4).
Result: A repeated-measures ANOVA was used to compare response accuracy to comprehension questions between cultural groups and across narrative protocols. While there was a significant difference in PPVT-4 scores, no significant differences were identified between response accuracy for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. Furthermore, response accuracy to comprehension questions was correlated with PPVT-4 scores for the non-Indigenous children only.
Conclusion: Findings support the use of naturalistic assessment strategies such as narrative comprehension with Indigenous Australian children.
|Keywords||school-age children; narrative; comprehension; Indigenous|
|Journal||International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology|
|Journal citation||23 (6), pp. 632-640|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2021.1914729|
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|Online||27 Apr 2021|
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|Deposited||18 Nov 2021|
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