Predictors of single word spelling in English-speaking children: a cross sectional study

Niolaki, G., Vousden, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7237-1490, Terzopoulos, A., Taylor, L., Sephton, S. and Masterson, J., 2020. Predictors of single word spelling in English-speaking children: a cross sectional study. Journal of Research in Reading, 43 (4), pp. 577-596. ISSN 0141-0423

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Abstract

Background: The study aimed to explore to what extent variables associated with lexical and sublexical spelling processes predicted single word spelling ability, and whether patterns of lexical and sublexical processes were different across ages.

Methods: Beginning (mean age 7-years, N=144) and advanced (mean age 9-years, N=114) English-speaking spellers completed tasks associated with sublexical processing (phonological ability and phonological short-term memory), lexical processing (visual short-term memory, visual attention span), and factors known to predict spelling (e.g., rapid automatised naming).

Results: Phonological ability, rapid automatised naming, visual short-term memory and visual attention span were significant predictors of spelling accuracy for beginning spellers, while for more advanced spellers, only visual attention span was a significant predictor.

Conclusions: The findings suggested that for beginning spellers, both lexical and sublexical processes are important for single word spelling, but with increasing literacy experience, lexically related variables are more important.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Research in Reading
Creators: Niolaki, G., Vousden, J., Terzopoulos, A., Taylor, L., Sephton, S. and Masterson, J.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: November 2020
Volume: 43
Number: 4
ISSN: 0141-0423
Identifiers:
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1364792Other
10.1111/1467-9817.12330DOI
Rights: © 2020 The Authors. Journal of Research in Reading published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of United Kingdom Literacy Association. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 15 Sep 2020 07:47
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2020 16:06
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40719

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