ERIC Number: EJ881053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Prosody's Contribution to Fluency: An Examination of the Theory of Automatic Information Processing
Schrauben, Julie E.
Reading Psychology, v31 n1 p82-92 2010
LaBerge and Samuels' (1974) theory of automatic information processing in reading offers a model that explains how and where the processing of information occurs and the degree to which processing of information occurs. These processes are dependent upon two criteria: accurate word decoding and automatic word recognition. However, LaBerge and Samuels' theory does not account for a comprehensive definition of fluency that includes accurate word decoding, automatic word recognition, and prosody. This article will use empirical studies to argue that prosody is also a defining criterion of fluent reading and must be considered in LaBerge and Samuels' theory of automaticity. The author concludes that the theory of automaticity should be amended to consider the importance of prosody as an essential element that contributes to fluent reading.
Descriptors: Word Recognition, Reading Instruction, Information Processing, Reading Fluency, Decoding (Reading), Theories, Poetry, Oral Reading, Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Reading Difficulties
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
Authoring Institution: N/A