The Peter and the Cat Narrative Comprehension Assessment (NCA) was developed as an assessment of discourse-level oral narrative comprehension in young children. It was developed as part of doctoral research at Curtin University in Western Australia, which investigated oral inferential comprehension in young children with developmental language disorder (Dawes, 2017).
The doctoral thesis for which this assessment was developed is freely available from: https://espace.curtin.edu.au/handle/20.500.11937/56528
The NCA provides separate literal and inferential scores, giving the clinician/teacher an understanding of the child’s ability to orally comprehend narratives at both a literal and inferential level. The Peter and the Cat NCA was used as a measure of narrative comprehension generalisation in the randomised controlled trial of an oral inferential comprehension book sharing intervention (Dawes, Leitão, Claessen, & Kane, under review).
For information on the research behind this assessment and and the work currently being carried out by the the group ‘Language and Literacy in Young People’ a thriving group of researchers and HDR students led by A/Prof Suze Leitão, see https://www.suzeleitao.com/research-resources. The group carry out research to inform our understanding of oral language development and disorders in children and young people, as well as the domains of reading and spelling (literacy).
The instructions and printable forms for the Peter and the Cat Narrative Comprehension Assessment (NCA) are free to download, click here.
Interactive PDFs for the two Question, Response & Scoring Forms are available to download, click here,
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