Children's inference generation across different media
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2008
© United Kingdom Literacy Association 2008
Journal of Research in Reading
Volume 31, Issue 3, pages 259–272, August 2008
How to Cite
Kendeou, P., Bohn-Gettler, C., White, M. J. and Van Den Broek, P. (2008), Children's inference generation across different media. Journal of Research in Reading, 31: 259–272. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2008.00370.x
- Issue published online: 13 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 21 MAY 2008
- Received 15 October 2007; revised version received 13 December 2007.
In the present study, we investigated the degree to which children's inference generation ability generalises across different media and predicts narrative comprehension over and above basic language skills and vocabulary. To address both aims, we followed two cohorts of children aged 4 and 6 as they turned 6 and 8 years old, respectively. At each time point we assessed their inference and narrative comprehension skills using aural, televised and written stories. We also assessed their basic language skills and vocabulary. The findings demonstrated that children's inference generation skills were highly inter-related across different media for both cohorts and at both time points. Also, children's inference generation had a significant contribution to children's narrative comprehension over and above basic language skills, vocabulary and media factors. The current set of findings has important theoretical and practical implications for early diagnosis and intervention in young children's high-order comprehension skills.