Journal article

Longitudinal vocabulary development in Australian urban Aboriginal children: Protective and risk factors

K Short, P Eadie, J Descallar, E Comino, L Kemp

CHILD CARE HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Vocabulary is a key component of language that can impact on children's future literacy and communication. The gap between Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children's reading and academic outcomes is well reported and similar to Indigenous/non-Indigenous gaps in other nations. Determining factors that influence vocabulary acquisition over time and may be responsive to treatment is important for improving Aboriginal children's communication and academic outcomes. AIM: To determine what factors influence Australian urban Aboriginal children's receptive vocabulary acquisition and whether any of these are risks or protective for vocabulary development. METHOD: One hundred thi..

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