ERIC Number: ED215762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
General Name-Retrieval and Phonological Analysis Abilities of Skilled and Less-Skilled Readers.
West, Richard F.; And Others
The present study employed discrete trial procedures to compare the performance of skilled and less-skilled third and sixth grade readers (N=37) on picture, letter and word naming tasks. It was assumed that if lack of proficiency in reading skill is due to a general name-retrieval deficit, then the skilled readers would be able to name each stimulus type more rapidly than the less-skilled readers. However, if there is no such general name-retrieval deficit, and the deficiency centers around the ability to rapidly decode words, then the skilled readers, as opposed to the less-skilled readers, would only be more rapid in naming the words. (To examine the latter possibility, the subjects also performed tasks designed to assess their skills in phonological analysis.) Results indicated that a general name-retrieval deficit did not appear to account for the reading problems of the less-skilled readers. Instead, reading deficiency was associated with a general weakness in phonological analysis skills. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Naming Response; Retrieval (Memory)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 15-18, 1982).