Relation between language experiences in preschool classrooms and children's kindergarten and fourth-grade language and reading abilities.

  title={Relation between language experiences in preschool classrooms and children's kindergarten and fourth-grade language and reading abilities.},
  author={David K. Dickinson and Michelle V. Porche},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={82 3},
Indirect effects of preschool classroom indexes of teacher talk were tested on fourth-grade outcomes for 57 students from low-income families in a longitudinal study of classroom and home influences on reading. Detailed observations and audiotaped teacher and child language data were coded to measure content and quantity of verbal interactions in preschool classrooms. Preschool teachers' use of sophisticated vocabulary during free play predicted fourth-grade reading comprehension and word… 

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