ERIC Number: ED447408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jun-15
Building an Integrated Model of Early Reading Acquisition. CIERA Report.
Konold, Timothy R.; Juel, Connie; McKinnon, Marlie
This study investigated children's profiles on four constructs fundamental to areas of children's early literacy acquisition: auditory processing, crystallized ability, processing speed, and short-term memory. These areas were measured using six tests: Memory for Sentences, Visual Matching, Incomplete Words, Sound Blending, Oral Vocabulary, and Listening Comprehension. Results were used to establish the most common reading profiles. Children within profiles were then compared to children in other profiles on various reading outcomes to determine which profiles were likely to be associated with reading success. Analysis led to six profiles, three of which were relatively flat (had equivalent scores across the different areas) and were labeled Above, Slightly Below, and Below Average Reading Ability. The remaining three profiles demonstrated average overall reading ability with strengths in one or more areas. Children with flat average profiles performed significantly worse overall than their average peers who had secondary strengths in one or more areas. The comparison suggests that there is more than one route to successful reading performance. (Contains 34 references, 4 tables and 1 figure of data.) (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Elementary Education, Emergent Literacy, Models, Reading Ability, Reading Achievement, Reading Research, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, Ann Arbor.