Early cognitive profiles of emergent readers: a longitudinal study.

Brunswick, Nicola and Martin, G. Neil and Rippon, Georgina (2012) Early cognitive profiles of emergent readers: a longitudinal study. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 111 (2). pp. 268-285. ISSN 0022-0965

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Abstract

This longitudinal study examined the contribution of phonological awareness, phonological memory, and visuospatial ability to reading development in 142 English-speaking children from the start of kindergarten to the middle of grade two. Partial cross-lagged analyses revealed significant relationships between early performance on block design and matching letter-like forms tasks and later reading ability. Rhyme awareness correlated with later reading ability in the earliest stages but onset awareness did not emerge as important until after the children had started reading. Digit span correlated significantly with future reading ability at every stage. These findings indicate that while phonological awareness, phonological memory, and visuospatial ability are all necessary for emergent reading, their relative importance varies across the first two years of reading development.

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Research Areas:School of Health and Education > Psychology
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