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ERIC Number: EJ1089602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Morphological Awareness and Reading in Second and Fifth Grade: Evidence from Hebrew
Vaknin-Nusbaum, Vered; Sarid, Miri; Shimron, Joseph
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v29 n2 p229-244 Feb 2016
Research suggests that morphological awareness facilitates word decoding, improves lexical knowledge, and helps reading comprehension (Carlisle, 2010; Nagy et al., 2014; Verhoeven & Perfetti, 2011). The present study examined the relationship among morphological awareness, word recognition and reading comprehension in 153 second- and fifth-grade Hebrew speakers at an elementary school in Israel. Students were given morphological awareness tests and tests for word recognition and reading comprehension. Three types of morphological awareness were analyzed: inflection, derivation and construct formation. Overall, students with low morphological awareness in derivation and construct formation showed relatively poor achievement in word recognition and comprehension. All three types were found to correlate with reading comprehension in readers with high morphological awareness. These readers also exhibited good reading skills. The results are discussed with regard to the special characteristics of Hebrew morphology and reading process, which aid morphological decomposition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel