The Pace of Vocabulary Growth Helps Predict Later Vocabulary Skill

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Title: The Pace of Vocabulary Growth Helps Predict Later Vocabulary Skill
Author: Rowe, Meredith Lee; Raudenbush, Stephen W.; Goldin-Meadow, Susan

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Citation: Rowe, Meredith L., Stephen W. Raudenbush, and Susan Goldin-Meadow. 2012. “The Pace of Vocabulary Growth Helps Predict Later Vocabulary Skill.” Child Development 83(2): 508-525.
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Abstract: Children vary widely in the rate at which they acquire words—some start slow and speed up, others start fast
and continue at a steady pace. Do early developmental variations of this sort help predict vocabulary skill just
prior to kindergarten entry? This longitudinal study starts by examining important predictors (socioeconomic
status [SES], parent input, child gesture) of vocabulary growth between 14 and 46 months (n = 62) and then
uses growth estimates to predict children’s vocabulary at 54 months. Velocity and acceleration in vocabulary
development at 30 months predicted later vocabulary, particularly for children from low-SES backgrounds.
Understanding the pace of early vocabulary growth thus improves our ability to predict school
readiness and may help identify children at risk for starting behind.
Published Version: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01710.x
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