The use of the Internet in collecting CDI data - an example from Norway

Peter Kristian Kristoffersen, Hanne Gram Simonsen, Dorthe Bleses, Sonja Wehberg, Rune Nørgård Jørgensen, Eli Anne Eiesland, Laila Yvonne Henriksen

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ABSTRACTThis article presents the methodology used in a population-based study of early communicative development in Norwegian children using an adaptation of the MacArthur-Bates communicative development inventories (CDI), comprising approximately 6500 children aged between 0 ; 8 and 3 ; 0. To our knowledge, this is the first CDI study collecting data via the Internet. After a short description of the procedures used in adapting the CDI to Norwegian and the selection of participants, we discuss the advantages and potential pitfalls of using web-based forms as a method of data collection. We found that use of web-based forms was far less time-consuming, and therefore also far less expensive than the traditional paper-based forms. The risk of coding errors was virtually eliminated with this method. We conclude that in a society with high access to the Internet, this is a method well worth pursuing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Child Language
Volume40
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)567-585
Number of pages19
ISSN0305-0009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

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Internet
Equipment and Supplies
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Population
World Wide Web
methodology

Keywords

  • Child Language
  • Child, Preschool
  • Data Collection/methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Internet
  • Linguistics
  • Male
  • Norway
  • Parents
  • Vocabulary

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Kristoffersen, P. K., Simonsen, H. G., Bleses, D., Wehberg, S., Jørgensen, R. N., Eiesland, E. A., & Henriksen, L. Y. (2013). The use of the Internet in collecting CDI data - an example from Norway. Journal of Child Language, 40(3), 567-585. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000912000153
Kristoffersen, Peter Kristian ; Simonsen, Hanne Gram ; Bleses, Dorthe ; Wehberg, Sonja ; Jørgensen, Rune Nørgård ; Eiesland, Eli Anne ; Henriksen, Laila Yvonne. / The use of the Internet in collecting CDI data - an example from Norway. In: Journal of Child Language. 2013 ; Vol. 40, No. 3. pp. 567-585.
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Kristoffersen, PK, Simonsen, HG, Bleses, D, Wehberg, S, Jørgensen, RN, Eiesland, EA & Henriksen, LY 2013, 'The use of the Internet in collecting CDI data - an example from Norway', Journal of Child Language, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 567-585. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000912000153

The use of the Internet in collecting CDI data - an example from Norway. / Kristoffersen, Peter Kristian; Simonsen, Hanne Gram; Bleses, Dorthe; Wehberg, Sonja; Jørgensen, Rune Nørgård; Eiesland, Eli Anne; Henriksen, Laila Yvonne.

In: Journal of Child Language, Vol. 40, No. 3, 06.2013, p. 567-585.

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