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TitleGrowth, stability and predictors of word reading accuracy in European Portuguese: A longitudinal study from Grade 1 to Grade 4
Author(s)Cadime, Irene Maria Dias
Chaves-Sousa, Séli
Viana, Fernanda Leopoldina
Santos, Sandra Cristina Silva
Maia, José
Ribeiro, Iolanda
KeywordsAt-risk readers
Word reading accuracy
Issue date2021
JournalCurrent Psychology
CitationCadime, I., Chaves-Sousa, S., Viana, F.L. et al. Growth, stability and predictors of word reading accuracy in European Portuguese: A longitudinal study from Grade 1 to Grade 4. Curr Psychol 40, 5185–5197 (2021).
Abstract(s)This study investigated the trajectories of word reading performance in European Portuguese from Grade 1 to Grade 4. First, we examined the developmental trajectories of students ’ word reading performance; second, we tested the influence of students ’ demographic characteristics and socioeconomic status on their word reading performance growth, as well as the existence of differences in the trajectories of typical readers and at-risk readers; and third, we analyzed the stability of word reading performance. A word reading test was administered to 269 Portuguese students at the end of each grade. The results suggested a cubic trend in word reading performance growth. Differences in word reading as a function of gender, school social action (SSA) coverage, maternal education and risk of reading failure were identified. A low stability of word reading performance across elementary school grades is also suggested. Implications for research on word reading skills and educational practices are discussed.
DescriptionPublished Online: 18 October 2019
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