ERIC Number: ED101298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Some Predictive Antecedents of Specific Reading Disability: A Two-, Three-, and Four-year Follow-up.
Satz, Paul; And Others
The purposes of this research project are (1) to test a theory which purports to identify the predictive antecedents (i.e., precursors) of developmental dyslexia (specific reading disability) several years before the disorder is clinically evident, and (2) to evaluate the mechanism which is postulated to underlie and influence later developmental changes in this disorder. The study focused on the predictive accuracy of a developmental-neuropsychological test battery which was given to a total population of white boys during kindergarten (1970) in order to forecast their reading achievement in subsequent years. The predictive accuracy of the test battery was determined by assessing reading in this population at the end of grades one, two, and three. The results revealed that performance on these tests during kindergarten was extremely predictive of the child's reading group membership in later grades, particularly with those children destined to become severely disabled or superior readers. These findings lend substantial support to the validity and utility of an early detection or warning system that could be administered economically before the child begins formal reading and at a time when he is less subject to the effects of academic failure. (RB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville.
Note: The Hyman Blumberg Symposium on Research in Early Childhood Education, Johns Hopkins University, 1974