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50 Years of ERIC
50 Years of ERIC
The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is celebrating its 50th Birthday! First opened on May 15th, 1964 ERIC continues the long tradition of ongoing innovation and enhancement.

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Tambulukani, Geofrey; Bus, Adriana G. – Applied Linguistics, 2012
A lack of familiarity with the language of teaching is blamed for illiteracy rates beyond 40% among people who live in nations in Africa or Asia in which dozens of languages are spoken. For a critical test of the importance of familiarity with the language in which initial reading is practiced, we took the Zambian situation as a natural experiment…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Language of Instruction, Familiarity, Illiteracy
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Kegel, Cornelia A. T.; Bus, Adriana G. – Infant and Child Development, 2014
Children showing poor executive functioning may not fully benefit from learning experiences at home and school and may lag behind in literacy skills. This hypothesis was tested in a sample of 276 kindergarten children. Executive functions and literacy skills were tested at about 61?months and again a year later. In line with earlier studies,…
Descriptors: Evidence, Attribution Theory, Alphabets, Executive Function
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Kegel, Cornelia A. T.; Bus, Adriana G. – Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2013
Background: The dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4) has been linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and reading disorders. In this study, we examined whether diminished anticipatory dopamine cell firing--typical of the long variant of the DRD4 allele--is related to emergent and advanced alphabetic skills, and whether executive…
Descriptors: Genetics, Executive Function, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Correlation
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Smeets, Daisy J. H.; Bus, Adriana G. – Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2012
The goals of this study were to examine (a) whether extratextual vocabulary instructions embedded in electronic storybooks facilitated word learning over reading alone and (b) whether instructional formats that required children to invest more effort were more effective than formats that required less effort. A computer-based "assistant" was added…
Descriptors: Electronic Equipment, Vocabulary Development, Computer Assisted Instruction, Questioning Techniques
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Mol, Suzanne E.; Bus, Adriana G. – Psychological Bulletin, 2011
This research synthesis examines whether the association between print exposure and components of reading grows stronger across development. We meta-analyzed 99 studies (N = 7,669) that focused on leisure time reading of (a) preschoolers and kindergartners, (b) children attending Grades 1-12, and (c) college and university students. For all…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Recreational Reading, Leisure Time, Opportunities
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Verhallen, Marian J. A. J.; Bus, Adriana G. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2011
The major purpose of this study was to test how preliterate learners use illustrations in storybooks to understand a story. Subjects were 23 five-year-old low-SES children, learning Dutch as a second language. Each child was exposed four times to a digital picture storybook. Five books were used and counterbalanced over children and repetitions.…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Eye Movements, Second Languages, Attention
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Both-de Vries, Anna C.; Bus, Adriana G. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2010
Does alphabetic-phonetic writing start with the proper name and how does the name affect reading and writing skills? Sixty 4- to 5 1/2-year-old children from middle SES families with Dutch as their first language wrote their proper name and named letters. For each child we created unique sets of words with and without the child's first letter of…
Descriptors: Young Children, Spelling, Phonetics, Phonemics
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Verhallen, Marian J. A. J.; Bus, Adriana G. – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2010
Children from immigrant, low-income families in the Netherlands start school with a limited vocabulary in the language of instruction; therefore, this places them at risk for developing reading difficulties. Exposure to books is assumed to reduce their 2nd language (L2) vocabulary disadvantage. In this experiment, we examined the effects of video…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Language of Instruction, Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development
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Van der Kooy-Hofland, Verna A. C.; Bus, Adriana G.; Roskos, Kathleen – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2012
Living Letters is an adaptive game designed to promote children's combining of how the proper name sounds with their knowledge of how the name looks. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) was used to experimentally test whether priming for attending to the sound-symbol relationship in the proper name can reduce the risk for developing reading…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Young Children, Developmental Delays
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Mol, Suzanne E.; Bus, Adriana G.; de Jong, Maria T. – Review of Educational Research, 2009
This meta-analysis examines to what extent interactive storybook reading stimulates two pillars of learning to read: vocabulary and print knowledge. The authors quantitatively reviewed 31 (quasi) experiments (n = 2,049 children) in which educators were trained to encourage children to be actively involved before, during, and after joint book…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Emergent Literacy, Vocabulary Development, Early Reading
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Kegel, Cornelia A. T.; Bus, Adriana G.; van IJzendoorn, Marinus H. – Mind, Brain, and Education, 2011
Not every child seems equally susceptible to the same parental, educational, or environmental influences even if cognitive level is similar. This study is the first randomized controlled trial to apply the differential susceptibility paradigm to education in relation to children's genotype and early literacy skills. A randomized pretest-posttest…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Intervention, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Computer Software
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Davidse, Neeltje J.; de Jong , Maria T.; Bus, Adriana G.; Huijbregts, Stephan C. J.; Swaab, Hanna – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2011
Not all young children benefit from book exposure in preschool age. It is claimed that the ability to hold information in mind ("short-term memory"), to ignore distraction ("inhibition"), and to focus attention and stay focused ("sustained attention") may have a moderating effect on children's reactions to the home literacy environment. In a group…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Short Term Memory, Kindergarten, Emergent Literacy
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van Dijken, Marianne J.; Bus, Adriana G.; de Jong, Maria T. – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2011
The Dutch website Bereslim (http:// www.bereslim.nl) provides digital picture storybooks for three- to seven-year-olds for daily use. The present study investigates whether this new opportunity to enhance linguistic development actively assists preschool children from low- and high-educated families in an equal manner. We looked closely at the…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Internet, Electronic Publishing, Electronic Learning
Both-de Vries Anna C.; Bus, Adriana G. – Literacy Teaching and Learning, 2008
This study tested how name writing affects young children's emergent writing. Beginning with a group of 96 Dutch children ages 3 1/2-5, we selected more-advanced children who were producing strings of conventional letters but, apart from very few words, no correct or readable (invented) spellings (N = 35). All children recruited from…
Descriptors: Phonetics, Emergent Literacy, Indo European Languages, Foreign Countries
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Levin, Iris; Bus, Adriana G. – Developmental Psychology, 2003
Compared 28- to 53-month-olds' writing and drawing. Scores on a writing scale composed of graphic, "writing-like," and symbolic schemes improved with age. Recognition of drawings as drawings preceded recognition of writings as writings. Writing and drawing scores were substantially correlated, even with age partialed out, suggesting that when…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Beginning Writing, Classification, Comparative Analysis
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