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Nurmi, Jari-Erik; Kiuru, Noona; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Niemi, Pekka; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija; Ahonen, Timo; Leskinen, Esko; Lyyra, Anna-Liisa – Learning and Individual Differences, 2013
This study examined the extent to which first grade teachers adapt their reading instruction to the literacy skills of particular children in their classroom, and investigated whether teacher and classroom characteristics influence such adaptation. Three hundred seven Finnish children were tested with regard to their literacy skills at the end of…
Descriptors: Literacy, Reading Instruction, Grade 1, Teacher Characteristics
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Silinskas, Gintautas; Leppanen, Ulla; Aunola, Kaisa; Parrila, Rauno; Nurmi, Jari-Erik – Learning and Instruction, 2010
The aim of the present longitudinal study was to investigate factors contributing to mothers' and fathers' teaching of reading and mathematics to their children during kindergarten and Grade 1. It was assumed that mothers' and fathers' teaching during kindergarten would be influenced by their socioeconomic status and their own learning…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Mothers, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
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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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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