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Holopainen, Leena; Koch, Arno; Hakkarainen, Airi; Kofler, Doris – Reading Psychology, 2020
We investigated the predictive power of cognitive skills and background variables of 769 first and second grade children learning to read two orthographically different languages Finnish and German in three countries Finland, Germany and Italy. Main results from stepwise regression models showed that in all countries word reading at first grade…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Predictor Variables, Reading Skills
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Sikiö, Riitta; Siekkinen, Martti; Holopainen, Leena – Reading Psychology, 2016
This study examines the development of reading and writing from first to second grade in transparent orthography (Finnish) among three groups: language minority children (n = 49), Finnish children at risk of reading difficulties (n = 347), and Finnish speaking children (n = 1747). Findings indicated that reading and writing skills in the language…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Foreign Countries, Literacy, At Risk Students
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Miller, Samuel; Budde, Melissa Adams; Massey, Dixie; Korkeamäki, Riku; Kennedy, Eithne; O'Rourke, Maria; Korkeamäki, Riitta-Liisa – Reading Psychology, 2016
This study examined how U.S., Finnish, and Irish educators identified and supported struggling readers. Using Johnston's (2011) framework for evaluating reading interventions and activity theory (Engeström, 1999), we interviewed educators in four U.S., three Irish, and three Finnish schools. In the United States, the adoption of three…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Reading Difficulties, Reading Teachers
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Mazzoni, Susan Anders; Gambrell, Linda B.; Korkeamaki, Riita-Liisa – Reading Psychology, 1999
Examines changes in first- and second-graders' reading motivation across the course of a school year in the United States and Finland. Explores possible developmental patterns in early reading motivation that operate universally across cultural contexts. Finds that in both countries first-graders' reading motivation increased significantly across…
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Emergent Literacy, Foreign Countries, Grade 1