ERIC Number: EJ772406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Vocabulary Is Important for Some, but Not All Reading Skills
Ricketts, Jessie; Nation, Kate; Bishop, Dorothy V. M.
Scientific Studies of Reading, v11 n3 p235-257 2007
Although there is evidence for a close link between the development of oral vocabulary and reading comprehension, less clear is whether oral vocabulary skills relate to the development of word-level reading skills. This study investigated vocabulary and literacy in 81 children aged 8 to 10 years. In regression analyses, vocabulary accounted for unique variance in exception word reading and reading comprehension, but not text reading accuracy, decoding, or regular word reading. Consistent with these data, children with poor reading comprehension exhibited oral vocabulary weaknesses and read fewer exception words correctly. These findings demonstrate that oral vocabulary is associated with some, but not all, reading skills. Results are discussed in terms of current models of reading development.
Descriptors: Vocabulary Skills, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Beginning Reading, Word Recognition, Multiple Regression Analysis, Decoding (Reading), Evaluation Methods, Measures (Individuals), Literacy, Models
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Reading)