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Differences in language development among young children in Northeast Netherlands

PhD ceremony:B.G. (Bé) Poolman
When:March 10, 2016
Start:14:30
Supervisors:prof. dr. A.E.M.G. (Alexander) Minnaert, prof. dr. P.P.M. Leseman
Co-supervisor:dr. J.M. Doornenbal
Where:Academy building RUG
Faculty:Behavioural and Social Sciences
Differences in language development among young children in
Northeast Netherlands

Divide in language performance of northern Dutch youth

Despite assumptions to the contrary, young children from the northeast Netherlands do not on average enter primary school with language deficiencies. There are, however, vast differences between children raised in a linguistically stimulating environment and children lacking such an environment, producing a large group of children with problematic language deficiencies. This is the finding of research performed by special educationalist Bé Poolman, who will be awarded a PhD by the University of Groningen.

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