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ERIC Number: ED052912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 10
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Phoneme Blending and Silent Reading Achievement.
Balmuth, Miriam
The relationship between the ability of elementary pupils to blend phonemes in nonsense syllables and their silent reading achievement was examined. An original test designed to measure phoneme blending of nonsense syllables was administered to 252 boys and girls randomly selected from grades 1 through 6 and from a wide ethnic and socioeconomic range of New York City schools. The odd-even technique established the reliability of the instrument at a coefficient of .88. Results showed (1) a .66 relationship between phoneme blending and silent reading achievement for 105 boys in grades 2 through 6; (2) a .56 relationship between blending and achievement for 105 girls in grades 2 through 6; (3) a highly significant relationship between phoneme blendings and age, and between phoneme blending and ethnic origin for the total sample of 252; and (4) a nonsignificant relationship between phonemes blending and sex. Implications of the study and suggestions for further research are also included. (VJ)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the International Reading Association, Atlantic City, N.J., Apr. 19-23, 1971