Thesis Title

An Investigation Into the Influence of Word Recognition Skills, Decoding Abilities and Orthographic Rule Knowledge on Spelling Proficiency in Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders

Date of Graduation

Spring 1998

Degree

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Committee Chair

Julie Masterson

Subject Categories

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to better understand the nature of spelling development by evaluating normally developing third, fourth and fifth grade children's knowledge of orthographic rules and basic reading abilities. Specifically, letter word knowledge, basic decoding skills and the explicit knowledge of orthographic rules were assessed. Both standardized and non-standardized measures were used to assess these domains in 87 research participants. Results indicated that decoding ability is the most powerful predictor of spelling performance. In addition, orthographic rule awareness was shown to increase as grade level increases.

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© Lisa Anne Zartman

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