ERIC Number: EJ772396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Development of Lexical Mediation in the Relation between Reading Comprehension and Word Reading Skills in Greek
Protopapas, Athanassios; Sideridis, Georgios D.; Mouzaki, Angeliki; Simos, Panagiotis G.
Scientific Studies of Reading, v11 n3 p165-197 2007
This study focuses on the shared variance between reading comprehension and word-level reading skills in a population of 534 Greek children in Grades 2 through 4. The correlations between measures of word and pseudoword accuracy and fluency, on the one hand, and vocabulary and comprehension skills, on the other, were sizeable and stable or increasing with grade. However, the unique contribution of word reading to comprehension became negligible after vocabulary measures were entered in hierarchical regression analyses, particularly for higher grades, suggesting that any effects of decoding on comprehension may be mediated by the lexicon, consistent with lexical quality hypothesis. Structural modeling with latent variables revealed an invariant path across grades in which vocabulary was defined by its covariation with reading accuracy and fluency and affected comprehension directly. It is argued that skilled word reading influences comprehension by strengthening lexical representations, at least when phonological decoding can be relatively effortless.
Descriptors: Grade 2, Reading Comprehension, Grades (Scholastic), Greek, Foreign Countries, Reading Skills, Word Recognition, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Correlation, Vocabulary Development, Age Differences, Decoding (Reading), Structural Equation Models
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4
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Identifiers - Location: Greece