Complexity And Story Comprehension Of Young Children

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EDRD 355
Understanding Research Assignment
March 22, 2010

A. “The Effect’s of Storytelling and Story Reading on the Oral Language Complexity and Story Comprehension of Young Children” Early Childhood Education Journal, Volume 32, 8 pages.

B. Rebecca Isbell, Joseph Sobol, Liane Lindauer, April Lowrance

C. The purpose of this study is to determine how storytelling and story reading influences the language development and story comprehension of young children from 3 to 5 years of age. They set up two different groups of children to see which group would benefit the most.

D. 38 participants, 3-5 year olds

E. The researchers used in depth language transcripts from the participants responses. They would read a story to the participants using many criteria’s for both telling and reading the stories to the appropriate age of the participants. After they would read the books, they would show the children a wordless book and have them make up a story just from looking at the pictures.

F. Results of this research indicated that storytelling and story reading are both beneficial to the development of oral language complexity and story comprehension in young children. Combining these approaches can provide literature to influence oral language development plus story comprehension for young children. Fluency was the highest rating in this research.

G. I kind of understood this research. I think it was a good research to do to see how all-different types of children in the same age group read and are able to understand words that they see. However, with two different groups, it wasn’t always fair because they were given different advantages then the others. All in all I think it was a good idea for them to do this but I don’t know how much it really...