ERIC Number: EJ969990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Understanding Oral Reading Fluency among Adults with Low Literacy: Dominance Analysis of Contributing Component Skills
Mellard, Daryl F.; Anthony, Jason L.; Woods, Kari L.
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v25 n6 p1345-1364 Jul 2012
This study extends the literature on the component skills involved in oral reading fluency. Dominance analysis was applied to assess the relative importance of seven reading-related component skills in the prediction of the oral reading fluency of 272 adult literacy learners. The best predictors of oral reading fluency when text difficulty was fixed at a single reading level was word reading efficiency. When text difficulty varied based on readers' comprehension levels, word reading efficiency was also the best predictor with vocabulary and auditory working memory emerging as important predictors as well. Our findings suggest the merit of investigations into whether adults with low literacy may need vocabulary and auditory working memory strategy interventions to improve their reading fluency.
Descriptors: Investigations, Reading Fluency, Reading, Short Term Memory, Adult Literacy, Adults, Adult Learning, Predictor Variables, Sight Method, Vocabulary, Intervention, Reading Improvement, Adult Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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