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ERIC Number: EJ856043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0270-2711
How Robust Is the Contribution of Morphological Awareness to General Spelling Outcomes?
Deacon, S. Helene; Kirby, John R.; Casselman-Bell, Melissa
Reading Psychology, v30 n4 p301-318 2009
We present analyses of the impact of morphological awareness on spelling. Initial measures of morphological awareness and a number of control measures were taken at age 7 and spelling was assessed two years later (n = 115). Results indicated that the appreciation of morphology in oral language makes a contribution to spelling that is impervious to multiple control variables; it withstands controls for verbal and nonverbal intelligence, rapid automatized naming, verbal short-term memory, and phonological awareness, far more variables than included in prior studies. These results suggest that morphological awareness is a robust variable in determining spelling outcomes. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada