Story choice matters for caregiver extra-textual talk during shared reading with preschoolers.



Muhinyi, Amber, Hesketh, Anne, Stewart, Andrew J and Rowland, Caroline F
(2019) Story choice matters for caregiver extra-textual talk during shared reading with preschoolers. Journal of child language. 1 - 22.

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine the influence of the complexity of the story-book on caregiver extra-textual talk (i.e., interactions beyond text reading) during shared reading with preschool-age children. Fifty-three mother-child dyads (3;00-4;11) were video-recorded sharing two ostensibly similar picture-books: a simple story (containing no false belief) and a complex story (containing a false belief central to the plot, which provided content that was more challenging for preschoolers to understand). Book-reading interactions were transcribed and coded. Results showed that the complex stories facilitated more extra-textual talk from mothers, and a higher quality of extra-textual talk (as indexed by linguistic richness and level of abstraction). Although the type of story did not affect the number of questions mothers posed, more elaborative follow-ups on children's responses were provided by mothers when sharing complex stories. Complex stories may facilitate more and linguistically richer caregiver extra-textual talk, having implications for preschoolers' developing language abilities.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2020 09:08
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 13:12
DOI: 10.1017/s0305000919000783
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3070312