Here is the abstract:
The Australian Government has funded research to create longitudinal datasets that provide valuable insights into children’s communication and educational needs:
Researchers from Charles Sturt University have analysed these datasets, learning many valuable insights that have informed policy and practice. Insights to be profiled during the seminar, include:
- Growing up in Australia: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)
- Footprints in Time: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSIC)
The profiled research has been funded by Australian Research Council Discovery and Future Fellowship grants and Speech Pathology Australia. Insights from Australian Government’s longitudinal datasets have been profiled in the national media, published in high profile international academic journals, and used to inform government submissions including:
- Indigenous Australian children spoke between one and eight languages including: English, Indigenous languages, creoles, foreign languages, and sign languages. Children who spoke an Indigenous language were more likely to live in moderate to extreme isolation.
- Multilingualism did not contribute to poorer educational and social-emotional outcomes at school.
- The main predictor of academic difficulties at school was concern about 4- to 5-year-old children’s speech and language (regardless of monolingual or multilingual status).
- Children with speech and language problems in early childhood achieved significantly lower scores on every NAPLAN test (reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy) at years 3, 5 and 7 compared to students without these problems.
- Most children with speech and language problems had not seen a speech pathologist.
- Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Education Evidence Base (2016)
- Senate Education and Employment References Committee into Inquiry into the current levels of access and attainment of students with disabilities (2015)
- Senate Community Affairs References Committee into Prevalence of different types of speech, language and communication disorders and speech pathology in Australia (2014)