Article/Report  |   April 1998
Performances of Young African American Children on Two Comprehension Tasks
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Article/Report   |   April 1998
Performances of Young African American Children on Two Comprehension Tasks
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research April 1998, Vol.41, 445-457. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4102.445
History: Accepted 28 Aug 1997 , Received 07 Feb 1997
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research April 1998, Vol.41, 445-457. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4102.445
History: Accepted 28 Aug 1997 , Received 07 Feb 1997

This investigation examines the performances of 63 urban 4-to 7-year-old African American children from middle-income homes on two tasks designed to assess the development of comprehension skills. Performances on a task designed to elicit responses to wh-questions, and another to distinctions between active and passive sentence constructions, revealed grade effects and a positive relationship to age. The findings are discussed in terms of the appropriateness of using tasks of these types with young African American boys and girls who are dialect users.

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