HESP Seminar Series: Can we predict phonological awareness in children as young as 2 ½-years- old?
Event Date and Time:
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Lefrak Hall, Room 2166
Michelle Erksine will be presenting: "Can we predict phonological awareness in children as young as 2 ½-years- old?"
Abstract: Phonological awareness provides an important foundation for learning to read. Children who demonstrate poor phonological awareness skills often experience difficulty learning to read. Previous cross-sectional and longitudinal research has shown that phonological awareness is among the best and most reliable predictors of subsequent reading ability (Bird, Bishop, & Freeman, 1995; Chang, 1995; Wood & Terrell, 1998; Stuart, 1999). However, it is exceedingly difficult to measure phonological awareness in preschool children who are younger than 4-years- old. Using an alternative approach that examines correlates of phonological awareness, this study investigates whether individual differences in measures of vocabulary size, articulation, speech perception, and pseudoword repetition in children asyoung as 2 ½ to 3 years of age, predict phonological awareness one and two years later. The results of this study suggest that the best predictors of phonological awareness are receptive vocabulary size and pseudoword repetition accuracy. Interpretations and implications of these findings will be further discussed in the seminar.