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ERIC Number: EJ1184582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-0423
The Role of Semantic Retrieval in Children's Reading Comprehension Development in the Upper Primary Grades
Nouwens, Suzan; Groen, Margriet A.; Kleemans, Tijs; Verhoeven, Ludo
Journal of Research in Reading, v41 n3 p597-614 Aug 2018
Background: The lexical quality hypothesis proposes that successful reading comprehension requires high quality lexical representations, which allow for efficient retrieval. These retrieval operations have however not been specified. Methods: We investigated the contribution of semantic retrieval to reading comprehension in 119 Dutch children in the upper grades of primary school, while taking decoding skills and vocabulary size into account in a longitudinal design. By using verbal fluency tasks, we measured retrieval in line with the structural organisation of the mental lexicon and additionally, a more controlled search through the mental lexicon. Results: Semantic retrieval assessed in grade 5 accounted for variance in reading comprehension in grade 6, in addition to variance accounted for by vocabulary size and reading comprehension in grade 5. Conclusions: The ability to search through the mental lexicon, along the lines of its hierarchical structure, is important for children's reading comprehension development in the upper primary grades.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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