ERIC Number: ED082144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Letter-Sound Generalizations as Predictors of Reading Ability in Israeli Children.
Venezky, Richard L.
This study investigated the relationship between letter-sound ability and general reading ability in Israeli Hebrew and explored the value of letter-sound ability as a predictor of later reading success. The subjects were 130 children in primary classes in two Israeli public schools differentiated by socioeconomic status (SES). Stimuli were 31 synthetic Hebrew words. Each child was tested individually on his reading of the list of words. One year later a standardized reading test was administered to all subjects. The results showed a significantly high correlation of letter-sound ability with later reading success for middle SES children first tested in grade 1, but insignificant correlations for middle SES children thereafter. In the lower SES school, the highest correlation was achieved in grade 2, indicating a one-year lag behind the middle SES school. Letter-sound ability appears to be a good predictor of later reading success when children have just mastered the basic mechanics of the reading process; however, when this beginning phase is ended, the predictive power of letter-sound ability decreases. (Author/WR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.
Note: Report from the Basic Prereading Skills Component of Program 2: Development of Instructional Programs