Hagen, Knoph, Hjetland, Rogde, Lawrence, Lervåg & Melby-Lervåg (2021): Measuring Listening Comprehension and Predicting Language Development in At-Risk Preschoolers

I: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. Online first. Open Access

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Åste Mjelve Hagen, Rebecca Knoph, Hanne Næss Hjetland, Kristin Rogde, Joshua Fahey Lawrence, Arne Lervåg og Monica Melby-Lervåg


Listening comprehension involves the ability to understand and extract meaning from spoken sentences, stories, and instruction. This skill is vital for young children and has long-term effects on school achievement, employability, income, and participation in society. There is a lack of measures of young children’s listening comprehension skills. We report on a new measure of listening comprehension (LURI) that we tested in a group of at-risk preschoolers. Using IRT (Item Response Theory) analysis, we examined the psychometric properties of the instrument. Moreover, in a series of regressions, we found that the LURI measure predicted a range of other language skills better than standardized measures. Thus, the LURI test is a reliable and valid measure of listening comprehension. Assessing listening comprehension is a time-effective way of measuring a skill critically important to language development and represents the product of a range of different oral language processes.

Publisert 29. juni 2021 15:44 - Sist endret 29. juni 2021 15:44