ERIC Number: EJ1053447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
Statistical Learning Is Related to Early Literacy-Related Skills
Spencer, Mercedes; Kaschak, Michael P.; Jones, John L.; Lonigan, Christopher J.
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v28 n4 p467-490 Apr 2015
It has been demonstrated that statistical learning, or the ability to use statistical information to learn the structure of one's environment, plays a role in young children's acquisition of linguistic knowledge. Although most research on statistical learning has focused on language acquisition processes, such as the segmentation of words from fluent speech and the learning of syntactic structure, some recent studies have explored the extent to which individual differences in statistical learning are related to literacy-relevant knowledge and skills. The present study extends on this literature by investigating the relations between two measures of statistical learning and multiple measures of skills that are critical to the development of literacy--oral language, vocabulary knowledge, and phonological processing--within a single model. Our sample included a total of 553 typically developing children from pre-kindergarten through second grade. Structural equation modeling revealed that statistical learning accounted for a unique portion of the variance in these literacy-related skills. Practical implications for instruction and assessment are discussed.
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Language Skills, Language Acquisition, Individual Differences, Investigations, Oral Language, Vocabulary Development, Phonological Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Structural Equation Models, Learning Strategies, Cognitive Ability, Measures (Individuals), Skill Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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