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ERIC Number: EJ1094142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
The Unique Role of Lexical Accessibility in Predicting Kindergarten Emergent Literacy
Verhoeven, Ludo; van Leeuwe, Jan; Irausquin, Rosemarie; Segers, Eliane
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v29 n4 p591-608 Apr 2016
The goal of this longitudinal study was to examine how lexical quality predicts the emergence of literacy abilities in 169 Dutch kindergarten children before formal reading instruction has started. At the beginning of the school year, a battery of precursor measures associated with lexical quality was related to the emergence of letter knowledge and word decoding. Confirmatory factor analysis evidenced five domains related to lexical quality, i.e., vocabulary, phonological coding, phonological awareness, lexical retrieval and phonological working memory. Structural equation modeling showed that the development of letter knowledge during the year could be predicted from children's phonological awareness and lexical retrieval, and the emergence of word decoding from their phonological awareness and letter knowledge. It is concluded that it is primarily the accessibility of phonological representations in the mental lexicon that predicts the emergence of literacy in kindergarten.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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