Event Title

Development of Conjunctions in School Age Children

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

18-4-2016 2:00 PM

End Date

18-4-2016 3:30 PM

Student's Major

Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services

Student's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Mentor's Name

Megan Mahowald

Mentor's Department

Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services

Mentor's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Description

The purpose of our research is to analyze the development of syntax, specifically conjunctions, in children in first, third and fifth grade. This is important to our field because we could potentially come up with a tool for speech language pathologist to use by measuring the use of syntax in child development. Based on previous research of similar language samples, the use of conjunctions across a variety of narrative and expository tasks have been sensitive to identifying children who have language disorders. Language samples were collected with children in first, third and fifth grade using these procedures: The samples were transcribed. The students’ use of conjunctions have been analyzed by the complexity throughout the language samples, keeping in mind the development of sentence structure and its complexity. The students used OWLS (Oral and Written Language Scales) which provides skills to assessing oral and written language across an age range. Preliminary analysis reveals that the use of conjunctions becomes more complex as the child gets older and is correlated to children’s scores on standardized language assessments.

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Apr 18th, 2:00 PM Apr 18th, 3:30 PM

Development of Conjunctions in School Age Children

CSU Ballroom

The purpose of our research is to analyze the development of syntax, specifically conjunctions, in children in first, third and fifth grade. This is important to our field because we could potentially come up with a tool for speech language pathologist to use by measuring the use of syntax in child development. Based on previous research of similar language samples, the use of conjunctions across a variety of narrative and expository tasks have been sensitive to identifying children who have language disorders. Language samples were collected with children in first, third and fifth grade using these procedures: The samples were transcribed. The students’ use of conjunctions have been analyzed by the complexity throughout the language samples, keeping in mind the development of sentence structure and its complexity. The students used OWLS (Oral and Written Language Scales) which provides skills to assessing oral and written language across an age range. Preliminary analysis reveals that the use of conjunctions becomes more complex as the child gets older and is correlated to children’s scores on standardized language assessments.

Recommended Citation

LaFontaine, Monique; Mariah Anderson; Brook Binner; and Kailey Clark. "Development of Conjunctions in School Age Children." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 18, 2016.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2016/poster-session-B/6