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ERIC Number: ED137738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 13
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The Development of Rapid Word Processing Skills.
Chabot, Robert J.; And Others
The development of rapid word processing skills was investigated using a visual search task. Visual displays of varying orthographic structure (words, pseudowords, nonwords) were presented to college students and to kindergarten, second-grade, and fourth-grade children. Response latencies were measured as subjects indicated whether a previously presented single letter appeared in the display. A shift in processing strategy occurred between kindergarten and second grade. Kindergarten children responded identically to words, pseudowords, and nonwords. They apparently used a letter-by-letter encoding strategy terminating the search as soon as a match occurred. For older groups, words and pseudowords were encoded faster than nonwords. However, once encoded, an exhaustive strategy was used with all three display types. The means by which words could be Processed rapidly appeared to be acquired before the end of the second grade, although rate of processing continued to improve. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, March 1977)