Department of Psychology Colloquium Series

Exploring Vocabulary ASsessment Issues in Young Children from Diverse Linquistic Backgrounds

Presented by: Dr. Rihana S. Mason, PhD from Georgia State University

Decades of reading research suggests that children from low-income environments are at-risk for reading failure and poor academic outcomes because they are not exposed to the same amount of oral language and sophisticated vocabulary as their higher-income peers during early childhood. The prevention of reading difficulties has become a global priority (UNESCO, 2015). Due to this priority, assessment of children’s academic outcomes has risen to the forefront as a way to guide early intervention initiatives. Early learning professionals have an increasing demand to screen and monitor children’s word learning abilities due to the expanding number of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Educators and practitioners rely upon standardized, commercially-available measures to monitor vocabulary knowledge. A series of studies were designed to demonstrate how alternate ways to design and score standardized vocabulary assessments can provide additional information about the words that young children from diverse linguistic backgrounds know. Response patterns from two commonly used picture vocabulary tests will highlight the challenges in monitoring vocabulary knowledge particularly for words that are partially known.

All are invited. Psychology majors are especially encouraged to attend.



Friday, April 5, 2019 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Nordquist Lecture Hall – Xavier Hall
Pacific Lutheran University - Xavier Hall: 12180 Park Ave S, Parkland , WA 98447

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

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Alumni, General Public, Faculty/Staff, Prospective Students


psychology, early childhood development

Psychology, Social Sciences


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