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Kiuru, Noona; DeLay, Dawn; Laursen, Brett; Burk, William J.; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija; Nurmi, Jari-Erik – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2017
This longitudinal study from Grades 1 to 4 investigated (a) the extent to which children select peers based on similarity in reading skills and (b) the extent to which children are influenced by the level of their peers' reading skills. The sample consisted of 1003 Finnish children in Grades 1-4, for whom reading fluency and comprehension were…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Pakarinen, Eija; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija; Rasku-Puttonen, Helena; Eskelä-Haapanen, Sirpa; Siekkinen, Martti; Nurmi, Jari-Erik – Early Education and Development, 2017
Research Findings: The purpose of the present study was to examine the extent to which the quality of teacher-child interactions and teachers' self-reported curriculum emphases are related to children's reading skill development during their 1st school year. To accomplish this, we assessed the reading skills of 1,029 Finnish children (M…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Hirvonen, Riikka; Georgiou, George K.; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Aunola, Kaisa; Nurmi, Jari-Erik – Journal of Research in Reading, 2010
The purpose of this study was twofold: (a) to examine the effect of task-focused behaviour on reading fluency, spelling and comprehension; and (b) to examine the role of the different literacy skills in subsequent task-focused behaviour. Two hundred and seven Finnish-speaking children were followed from preschool until their fourth year at school…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Reading Fluency, Literacy
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Georgiou, George K.; Manolitsis, George; Nurmi, Jari-Erik; Parrila, Rauno – Contemporary Educational Psychology, 2010
We examined the importance of children's classroom activity, defined as task-focused versus task-avoidance behavior, on different literacy outcomes in an orthographically consistent language. Greek children (n=95) were tested in kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 on measures of general cognitive ability, phonological awareness, RAN, and short-term…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Rasku-Puttonen, Helena; Aunola, Kaisa; Nurmi, Jari-Erik – Learning and Instruction, 2004
This study examined children's reading performance and its developmental trajectories during the first and the second grade. Ninety children were tested five times on word reading and reading comprehension. Qualitatively different groups were identified through cluster analysis: Competent, Technical, and Poor Readers. The results showed that the…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Multivariate Analysis, Grade 2
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Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Rasku-Puttonen, Helena; Aunola, Kaisa; Nurmi, Jari-Erik – Journal of Early Childhood Research, 2004
This study investigates prospective relationships between phonemic awareness and reading performance during the first year of Finnish primary school. Pedagogical interest lay in finding out whether systematic use of phonics in reading instruction supported children's reading performance even if children can already decode. A total of 85 children…
Descriptors: Phonemics, Reading Achievement, Phonemic Awareness, Reading Skills