ERIC Number: ED109633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Subskills Related to Novel Word Decoding.
Rudegeair, Robert E.; Mineo, R. James
Four tasks believed to assess different subskills of word decoding were administered to 87 kindergarten subjects after determining their ability to decode novel word forms. The four tasks included visual-aural recognition, aural-aural recognition, visual-oral production, and aural-oral production. Subjects were grouped into high, middle, and low ability decoders, and the relationship between these groups and task performance was assessed. The results showed that while high ability decoders can perform all tasks, middle and low ability decoders exhibit poorer performance as task complexity increases. Production tasks (producing sound correspondents for letters in words and blending isolated sounds into words) were found to be most closely related to decoding ability, whereas tasks requiring the subjects to recognize the letter correspondents and sound components of spoken words were found to be less closely related. While the former tasks were considered to reflect necessary component skills of novel word decoding, the latter tasks were considered to reflect skills which serve to develop the component skills. Implications of these findings for pedagogy and future research projects are discussed. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.