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ERIC Number: ED120671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 23
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The Relationship Between Word Difficulty and Access of Single-word Meaning by Skilled and Less Skilled Readers.
Pace, Ann Jaffe; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick
Previous research used a picture-word interference task to show that skilled and less skilled comprehenders in the third and fifth grades could retrieve the meaning of primer-level words equally well. With a similar task and comparable groups of children this study assessed the relationship between word difficulty and semantic access by using both the essay words and a new set of harder words. Retrieval of the meaning of these hard words was least apparent for the less skilled third graders, the group that had the most difficulty decoding these words. These results indicate that decoding ease and extraction of word meanings are related, and suggest that decoding ability must be considered a factor in reading comprehension. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)