How reliable is assessment of children’s sentence comprehension using a self-directed app? A comparison of supported versus independent use
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Dahly, Darren L.
Bishop, Dorothy V. M.
Cambridge University Press
This study reports on the feasibility of using the Test of Complex Syntax- Electronic (TECS-E), as a self-directed app, to measure sentence comprehension in children aged 4 to 5 ½ years old; how testing apps might be adapted for effective independent use; and agreement levels between face-to-face supported computerized and independent computerized testing with this cohort. A pilot phase was completed with 4 to 4;06-year-old children, to determine the appropriate functional app features required to facilitate independent test completion. Following the integration of identified features, children completed the app independently or with adult support (4–4;05 (n = 22) 4;06–4;11 months (n = 55) and 5 to 5;05 (n = 113)) and test re-test reliability was examined. Independent test completion posed problems for children under 5 years but for those over 5, TECS-E is a reliable method to assess children’s understanding of complex sentences, when used independently
Complex syntax , Comprehension , Online assessment , Children
Frizelle, P., Buckley, A., Biancone, T., Ceroni, A., Dahly, D., Fletcher, P., Bishop, D.V.M. and Mckean, C. (2023) ‘How reliable is assessment of children’s sentence comprehension using a self-directed app? A comparison of supported versus independent use’, Journal of Child Language, (29 pp). https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000923000545
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