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Tighe, Elizabeth L.; Wagner, Richard K.; Schatschneider, Christopher – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2015
This study demonstrates the utility of applying a causal indicator modeling framework to investigate important predictors of reading comprehension in third, seventh, and tenth grade students. The results indicated that a 4-factor multiple indicator multiple indicator cause (MIMIC) model of reading comprehension provided adequate fit at each grade…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Skills, Causal Models, Predictor Variables
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Olinghouse, Natalie G.; Wilson, Joshua – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine the role of vocabulary in writing across three genres. Fifth graders (N = 105) wrote three compositions: story, persuasive, and informative. Each composition revolved around the topic of outer space to control for background knowledge. Written compositions were scored for holistic writing quality and…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Grade 5, Vocabulary, Story Telling
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Taboada, Ana; Tonks, Stephen M.; Wigfield, Allan; Guthrie, John T. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2009
The authors examined how motivational and cognitive variables predict reading comprehension, and whether each predictor variable adds unique explanatory power when statistically controlling for the others. Fourth-grade students (N = 205) completed measures of reading comprehension in September and December of the same year, and measures of…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Predictor Variables, Reading Motivation, Student Motivation
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Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Mullineaux, Paula Y.; Petrill, Stephen A.; Thompson, Lee A. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2009
We examined the associations between components of temperament and children's word and pseudo-word reading skills, in a school-age sample using a within-family internal-replication design. We estimated the statistical prediction of word and pseudo-word reading in separate regression equations that included the main effects of, and two-way…
Descriptors: Self Control, Reading Achievement, Reading Skills, Correlation
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Foorman, Barbara R.; York, Mary; Santi, Kristi L.; Francis, David – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2008
This study utilized early reading assessment data from a randomized trial of 210 urban and rural schools in Texas to examine contextual effects on risk prediction in first and second grade. The primary objective was to examine the roles of (a) individual differences, (b) the grade 1 classroom, and (c) the pairing of first and second grade teachers…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Reading Difficulties, Rural Schools, Mentors