Measuring Verbal Fluency in 4- to 17-year-old children (Bachelor thesis)

Θωμαΐδου, Βαΐα/ Thomaidou, Vaia

The purpose of the current thesis was the study of the developmental changes in children's semantic fluency. Four hundred fifty nine children aged 4-17 years participated in the study and took a semantic fluency test with the category "Animals". The differences in the performance of the children of the sample were analyzed based on the class they were attending. Specifically, an analysis of the means of the total number of words correctly recalled during the task, the size of word clusters, switches, switches to the total number of words and, finally, their repetitions and intrusions of words belonging to other categories were analyzed. Analyses of variance revealed the differentiated performance level of the children according to their age. Older children made more switches and produced, on average, a larger number of words overall, while the increase in the size of word clusters by age did not appear to be statistically significant. These results are discussed in terms of their relationship with previous findings from studies in other languages and their implications for children's cognitive development
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Τμήμα Επιστημών της Εκπαίδευσης στην Προσχολική Ηλικία
Subject classification: Learning, Psychology of
Keywords: Σημασιολογική ευχέρεια,Ομαδοποίηση λέξεων,Εναλλαγή,Παιδιά προσχολικής ηλικίας,Παιδιά σχολικής ηλικίας,Semantic fluency,Clustering,Switching,Preschool children,Primary school

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