ERIC Number: ED132539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
A Profile of Children's Reading Abilities as Indexed in Five Perceptual Processing Experiments. Final Report.
Thorson, Esther L.
Six separate experiments were undertaken to test the hypothesis that poor readers in first, second, and third grade would have more difficulty with simple perceptual discriminations than would good readers in the same grades. Various tasks were used in the experiments, including discrimination of line orientations, checking letters in three-letter words against a fourth letter, discrimination of letter pairs occurring in various contexts, auditory-visual integration, and letter matching and word-to-picture matching under different cueing conditions. Results in general indicated that differences between good and poor readers at these grades lie in the reaction times required to perform the discriminations, and sometimes the patterns across various tasks, rather than in error rates. It was hypothesized that proficient processing reaches an asymptotically equal reaction time for simple, well-rehearsed discriminations, but that poor readers even by third grade have not reached this level. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Research Grants.
Authoring Institution: Denison Univ., Granville, OH.