Oral Language and Narrative Abilities of Kindergarten Children

Jeniffer Cruz, University of Rhode Island


The primary aim of this study was to explore the relationships between two oral language abilities, syntax/discourse and vocabulary knowledge, with oral narrative performance of kindergarten children from a middle-income population. The study also investigated whether demographic variables (i.e., age, mother's education level, and father's education level) accounted for variance in performance. Kindergarten students (n = 39) from two elementary schools were assessed on measures of receptive vocabulary, syntactic skill, and narrative performance. Results of negative binomial regressions hinted at an association between syntax/discourse and narrative ability, regardless of the inclusion of demographic variables. For this sample, students' vocabulary knowledge was not significantly associated with performance on the narrative measure. This study provides some support for focusing on discourse and syntax as areas for instruction and intervention. Implications for future research are discussed.^

Subject Area

Cognitive psychology

Recommended Citation

Jeniffer Cruz, "Oral Language and Narrative Abilities of Kindergarten Children" (2018). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI10792567.