Spelling performance of 6- and 8-year-old Irish children; Is it <analice> or <analyze>?

Spruhan, Helen and Niolaki, Georgia and Vousden, Janet and Terzopoulos, Aris and Masterson, Jackie (2022) Spelling performance of 6- and 8-year-old Irish children; Is it <analice> or <analyze>? Journal of Educational Research, 115 (1). pp. 87-97. ISSN 0022-0671

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The association of phonological and lexical-semantic processes with spelling ability in children has received scant research interest even though uncovering such associations can increase our understanding of literacy development. A cross-sectional study was carried out with 42 six- and eight-year-old children in the southeast of Ireland. The children took part in tasks assessing reading, letter-sound knowledge, phonological ability, phonological short-term memory, and rapid automatized naming. They also completed an assessment of spelling ability involving regular words, irregular words, and pseudowords. Analyses revealed that, for both age groups, and for all three word types, spelling accuracy was strongly associated with phonological ability scores. In contrast, phonological short-term memory was found to be significantly associated with regular word and total word spelling for the younger group. For the older group, rapid automatized naming was associated with all word categories. Qualitative analysis of the spelling errors revealed that an increase in spelling ability was accompanied by greater prevalence of phonologically appropriate errors. Our findings have important implications for teaching and assessment practices for spelling.
Keywords: Spelling, phonological ability, rapid automatized naming, school-age children

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220671.2022.2031844
18 January 2022Accepted
10 February 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: spelling, phonological ability, rapid automatized naming, Irish school-age children
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-03 - developmental psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Aris Terzopoulos
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2022 14:22
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2023 03:00
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12849

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