Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Assessing the Language of Aboriginal Canadian Children: Towards a More Culturally Valid Approach / L’évaluation du langage des enfants autochtones canadiens : vers une approche plus culturellement valide

Author(s) Alice Eriks-Brophy, Ph.D.
Volume 38
Number 2
Year 2014
Page(s) 152-173
Language English
Keywords aboriginal
Abstract This article discusses questions and issues to be considered when conducting language assessments with Canadian Aboriginal children. Commonly used assessment practices that range from standardized testing to child-centered approaches, along with their strengths and limitations and evidence that might support or call into question their continued use with Aboriginal children are presented. Suggestions for the development of promising assessment practices and approaches for these children are proposed that might better represent the communication abilities and capture the existing needs of Canadian Aboriginal children.

Cet article discute des questions et des problèmes à prendre en compte quand on fait des évaluations du langage auprès d’enfants autochtones canadiens. On présente les pratiques d’évaluation communément utilisées, qui vont des tests standardisés aux approches centrées sur l’enfant, ainsi que leurs forces et leurs limites, et la preuve qui pourrait soutenir ou mettre en doute leur utilisation avec des enfants autochtones. On propose des suggestions pour le développement de pratiques et d’approches d’évaluation prometteuses pour ces enfants, qui pourraient être plus représentatives des habiletés de communication et capter les besoins actuels des enfants autochtones canadiens.
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