Processing of visual and phonological word characteristics in good, poor and unexpected spellers

Acton, George William Bryan (1989) Processing of visual and phonological word characteristics in good, poor and unexpected spellers. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

A number of studies have investigated the ability to process visual and phonological information in good readers who spell well (good spellers), poor readers who spell poorly (poor spellers) and good readers who spell poorly (unexpected spellers). The focus of this research has been to associate a particular pattern of reading and spelling ability with a specific pattern of information processing deficits. Methodological concerns regarding subject age and possible confounding of visual and phonological processing routes, particularly for reading, suggest that little confidence can be had in the interpretation of past research. The present study employed university students and a promising new design (Van Orden, 1987) to further examine visual and phonological processing in reading. Three patterns of visual and phonological processing were identified, each associated with one of the three comparison groups. Patterns identified in reading were also found to closely resemble those found for reader/speller groups when spelling.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5841
Item ID: 5841
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 67-71.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: 1989
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: English language--Orthography and spelling; Spelling ability; Reading

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