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Psykhe (Santiago)

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STRASSER, Katherine; LARRAIN, Antonia; LOPEZ DE LERIDA, Soledad  and  LISSI, María Rosa. Narrative Comprehension in the Preschool Age: An Assessment Instrument. Psykhe [online]. 2010, vol.19, n.1, pp.75-87. ISSN 0718-2228.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22282010000100006.

Narrative comprehension is a fundamental ability for children's literacy development that has been largely ignored by researchers and educators, due to the difficulties in understanding and measuring it, particularly in the early ages. The results of a study, whose goal was to construct and validate an instrument to measure narrative comprehension in preschool age children, are presented. Participants were 117 Chilean children aged 3 years and 6 months to 5 years and 1 month. Evidence was found to support the reliability and concurrent validity of the instrument, which is simple and quick to administer and code. The implications of having an instrument to measure narrative comprehension that is adequate for the Chilean preschool population are discussed, as are future studies to improve the instrument.

Keywords : narrative comprehension; preschool; metric properties; reading comprehension; assessment instrument.

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