ERIC Number: ED291065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
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Body Awareness and Early Achievement: Research.
Paterno, JoAnna; Dickey, Steven W.
A study examined the use of a body awareness microcomputer program on young children as a predictor of early reading achievement. Subjects, 58 preschool and kindergarten students (prereaders) from a university laboratory school in the southern region of the United States, were asked to work in the microcomputer center in small groups to identify body part pictures and respond to some questions as these pictures appeared on the computer screen. Achievement tests were administered the next year. Results indicated that identification of body parts by oral expressive language and type of gender were not significant predictors of reading achievement in three regression analyses. However, independent variables of age and visual comprehension were found to be significant predictors for word reading, sentence reading, and total reading achievement test scores. Findings suggest that further investigation should be made to analyze the correlation of visual perception skills such as the visual comprehension of body part placement and early reading achievement. (ARH)
Descriptors: Body Image, Child Language, Computer Assisted Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Expressive Language, Kindergarten, Listening Comprehension, Oral Language, Perceptual Development, Reading Achievement, Reading Readiness, Receptive Language, Self Concept, Verbal Development, Visual Learning, Visual Stimuli
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for Children under Six (38th, Memphis, TN, March 25-28, 1987).