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Text comprehension and its relation to coherence and cohesion in children’s fictional narratives.

Cain, Kate (2003) Text comprehension and its relation to coherence and cohesion in children’s fictional narratives. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 21 (3). pp. 335-351. ISSN 0261-510X

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Abstract

This study investigated the relation between children’s text comprehension, their ability to produce a coherent and cohesive story, and the extent to which external cues aid these aspects of narrative production. Children with reading comprehension difficulties demonstrated deficits in both aspects of story organization, relative to sameage skilled comprehenders and younger children of equivalent comprehension ability. Their performance was poor when a topic title was used to elicit the narrative, but performance improved when stories were elicited with more informative verbal and pictorial prompts. Stories with poorer structures did not contain proportionately fewer connectives in general, but the type of connective included differed in relation to story event structure. These findings are discussed in relation to the use of coherence and cohesion in narratives and their relation to comprehension skill.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 10623
Deposited By: Dr Kate Cain
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2008 09:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2016 00:00
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10623

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