Spelling predictors; investigating the role of phonological ability and rapid naming in a large cross-sectional British study

Niolaki, Georgia and Vousden, Janet and Terzopoulos, Aris and Shepherd, Donna-Lyn and Debney, Lauren and Masterson, Jackie (2022) Spelling predictors; investigating the role of phonological ability and rapid naming in a large cross-sectional British study. Learning and Instruction, 80. p. 101635. ISSN 0959-4752

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Abstract

This study aimed to identify predictors of single word spelling performance in children using a novel test containing regular words, irregular words and pseudowords. We assessed reading ability, letter-sound knowledge,
phonological awareness (PA) and rapid automatised naming (RAN) in children aged 4–12 years (N = 641). Mixed model analyses with hierarchical nested data were conducted with Year_group (Yr R to Yr 6) included as a factor,PA and RAN as predictors, and reading and letter-sound knowledge as covariates. For irregular word spelling, PA
and RAN were significant predictors, but the associations were dependent upon the year the children attended.
Interestingly, for regular words and pseudowords PA was not significantly related. For pseudowords, only RAN was a significant predictor and only in Yr 2. We argue that a better understanding of spelling development can be
achieved using tools that distinguish between regular and irregular words and pseudowords, as different processes seem to be associated with the different types of letter string across the variable levels of spelling experience

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2022.101635
Dates:
DateEvent
25 May 2022Accepted
3 June 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Literacy; Spelling; Phonological ability; Rapid automatised naming; 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: 22 Jun 2022 13:44
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2022 13:44
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13296

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