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ERIC Number: EJ884870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
The Nonword-Reading Deficit of Disabled Readers: A Developmental Interpretation
Van den Broeck, Wim; Geudens, Astrid; van den Bos, Kees P.
Developmental Psychology, v46 n3 p717-734 May 2010
This article presents empirical evidence challenging the received wisdom that a nonword-reading deficit is a characteristic trait of disabled readers. On the basis of 2 large-scale empirical studies using the reading-level match design, we argue that a nonword-reading deficit is the consequence of normal developmental differences in word-specific knowledge between disabled readers and younger normal readers (both groups being matched on real-word reading). The first study shows that the nonword-reading deficit varies as a function of age and reading level and that this deficit is not typical for disabled readers. The second study demonstrates that a nonword-reading deficit crucially depends on the sensitivity of the matching word reading task to detect age-related differences in word-specific knowledge between disabled and normal readers. We clarify how these findings can be interpreted within the current framework of the phonological deficit hypothesis and discuss implications for theories of reading development. (Contains 3 footnotes, 8 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands