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ERIC Number: EJ950235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9630
Causal Connections in the Acquisition of an Orthographic Rule: A Test of Uta Frith's Developmental Hypothesis
Davis, Claire; Bryant, Peter
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v47 n8 p849-856 Aug 2006
Background: In a longitudinal study we tested Frith's causal hypothesis that children first gain orthographic knowledge through reading and then later, as a consequence, through spelling. Method: Children from Years 2 and 3 were tested three times over two years on their reading and spelling of pseudo-words which conformed to the conditional orthographic rule, the "final -e" or "split-digraph" rule. Results: Cross-lagged panel correlation analyses suggested that the children's success in reading split-digraph words was a causal determinant of their learning to use split-digraphs in spelling, in the 7- to 8-year period and, with one year-group but not with the other, in the 8- to 9-year period. In the 9- to 10-year period children's success in reading no longer seemed to affect their spelling. Conclusions: These results strongly support Frith's causal hypothesis about the development of orthographic knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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