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ERIC Number: EJ898471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Developmental Stability and Changes in the Impact of Root Consistency on Children's Spelling
Deacon, S. Helene; Dhooge, Sarah
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v23 n9 p1055-1069 Oct 2010
The study reported here examined grade 2-4 children's sensitivity to the consistency in the spelling of roots in related words. We build on earlier research by attempting to quantify the extent that children's spellings of both inflected and derived forms accord with this principle. We contrasted children's accuracy and consistency in spelling the root form (e.g., "rock") with that of its spelling in related inflected and derived forms (e.g., "rocks" and "rocky"), as well as unrelated control forms (e.g., "rocket"). Across grades 2-4, children's spellings accorded with the root consistency principle to the same extent for inflected and derived forms. Nevertheless, it was not until grade 4 that spellings maximally reflected the principle. These results are discussed in terms of how children's spelling might come to reflect the root consistency principle that guides spelling in English.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4
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Language: English
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