Four Measures of Vocabulary Ability Compared in Older Preschool Children Thirty-six normal-hearing older preschool children each received four commonly used vocabulary measures. The measures were the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Revised (PPVT-R), the Picture Vocabulary subtest of the Test of Oral Language Development, the Expressive One Word Vocabulary Test, and the Receptive One Word Vocabulary Test. Results indicated moderate correlations to ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 1989
Four Measures of Vocabulary Ability Compared in Older Preschool Children
 
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  • Ron W. Channell is an assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders area of the Department of Educational Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602. Requests for reprints may be sent to him at this address. At the time this study was completed, Michelle Peek was a speech-language pathologist in the Jordan (Utah) School District.
    Ron W. Channell is an assistant professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders area of the Department of Educational Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602. Requests for reprints may be sent to him at this address. At the time this study was completed, Michelle Peek was a speech-language pathologist in the Jordan (Utah) School District.×
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Research Article   |   October 01, 1989
Four Measures of Vocabulary Ability Compared in Older Preschool Children
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1989, Vol. 20, 407-419. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2004.407
History: Received May 27, 1988 , Accepted October 18, 1988
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1989, Vol. 20, 407-419. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2004.407
History: Received May 27, 1988; Accepted October 18, 1988

Thirty-six normal-hearing older preschool children each received four commonly used vocabulary measures. The measures were the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Revised (PPVT-R), the Picture Vocabulary subtest of the Test of Oral Language Development, the Expressive One Word Vocabulary Test, and the Receptive One Word Vocabulary Test. Results indicated moderate correlations to exist among the four tests. Scores on all tests were found to be associated with the age but not the sex of the children. Patterns of association among tests remained stable even when effects of age were removed using either partial correlations among raw scores or correlations among standardized scores. Forms L and M of the PPVT-R differed slightly in their correlations to the other tests. The finding of only moderate correlations among these tests implies that a child might pass one test but fail on another. The clinical use of multiple vocabulary measures is therefore suggested.

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