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ERIC Number: EJ1091585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Vocabulary Does Not Complicate the Simple View of Reading
Braze, David; Katz, Leonard; Magnuson, James S.; Mencl, W. Einar; Tabor, Whitney; Van Dyke, Julie A.; Gong, Tao; Johns, Clinton L.; Shankweiler, Donald P.
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v29 n3 p435-451 Mar 2016
Gough and Tunmer's (1986) simple view of reading (SVR) proposed that reading comprehension (RC) is a function of language comprehension (LC) and word recognition/decoding. Braze et al. (2007) presented data suggesting an extension of the SVR in which knowledge of vocabulary (V) affected RC over and above the effects of LC. Tunmer and Chapman (2012) found a similar independent contribution of V to RC when the data were analyzed by hierarchical regression. However, additional analysis by factor analysis and structural equation modeling indicated that the effect of V on RC was, in fact, completely captured by LC itself and there was no need to posit a separate direct effect of V on RC. In the present study, we present new data from young adults with sub-optimal reading skill (N = 286). Latent variable and regression analyses support Gough and Tunmer's original proposal and the conclusions of Tunmer and Chapman that V can be considered a component of LC and not an independent contributor to RC.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Gates MacGinitie Reading Tests; Peabody Individual Achievement Test; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Wechsler Intelligence Scales Short Forms; Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01HD040353; R01HD071988