ERIC Number: EJ1021253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Does Visual Attention Span Relate to Eye Movements during Reading and Copying?
Bosse, Marie-Line; Kandel, Sonia; Prado, Chloé; Valdois, Sylviane
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v38 n1 p81-85 Jan 2014
This research investigated whether text reading and copying involve visual attention-processing skills. Children in grades 3 and 5 read and copied the same text. We measured eye movements while reading and the number of gaze lifts (GL) during copying. The children were also administered letter report tasks that constitute an estimation of the number of letters that are processed simultaneously. The tasks were designed to assess visual attention span abilities (VA). The results for both grades revealed that the children who reported more letters, i.e., processed more consonants in parallel, produced fewer rightward fixations during text reading suggesting they could process more letters at each fixation. They also copied more letters per gaze lift from the same text. Furthermore, a regression analysis showed that VA span predicted variations in copying independently of the influence of reading skills. The findings support a role of VA span abilities in the early extraction of orthographic information, for both reading and copying tasks.
Descriptors: Eye Movements, Visual Perception, Cognitive Processes, Grade 3, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Reading Processes, Task Analysis, Alphabets, Regression (Statistics), Prediction, Role, Reading Skills, Foreign Countries, Reading Rate, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 5
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Identifiers - Location: France