ERIC Number: EJ1026845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
The Longitudinal Relationship between Reading Fluency and Reading Comprehension Skills in Second-Grade Children
Lai, Stephanie A.; George Benjamin, Rebekah; Schwanenflugel, Paula J.; Kuhn, Melanie R.
Reading & Writing Quarterly, v30 n2 p116-138 2014
Fluent readers can read connected text with accuracy, automaticity, and prosody. Without practice, automaticity cannot develop in reading, and readers must focus their attention on decoding, limiting their ability to simultaneously comprehend. Researchers have traditionally assumed that fluency and comprehension have a unidirectional relationship whereby fluency affects comprehension. However, a recent study by Klauda and Guthrie suggests that the relationship between fluency and comprehension may be reciprocal over time; that is, comprehension may also predict fluency. In the present study we examine this reciprocal relationship using structural equation modeling. We test various models that measure the relationship between fluency and comprehension over 3 time points spanning an academic year. The results indicate that compared to the traditional model in which fluency predicts concurrent comprehension, models exhibiting a reciprocal relationship do not fit the data better. We discuss the implications of these results.
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Reading Comprehension, Reading Skills, Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Predictor Variables, Structural Equation Models, Correlation, Decoding (Reading), Sight Method, Suprasegmentals, Oral Reading, Goodness of Fit
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 2; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Gray Oral Reading Test; Wechsler Individual Achievement Test