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Morphological Awareness A Key to Understanding Poor Reading Comprehension in English



Morphological Awareness A Key to Understanding Poor Reading Comprehension in English



Journal of Educational Psychology 103(3): 523-534



This longitudinal study examined the performance of poor comprehenders on several reading-related abilities in the late elementary school years. We identified 3 groups of readers in Grade 5 who were matched on word reading accuracy and speed, nonverbal cognitive ability, and age: unexpected poor comprehenders, expected average comprehenders, and unexpected good comprehenders. We compared these groups in Grade 5 and, retrospectively, in Grade 3. The 3 groups performed similarly on phonological awareness, naming speed, and orthographic processing tasks but differed in morphological awareness, even when vocabulary was controlled statistically. Unexpected poor comprehenders performed more poorly than expected average comprehenders in.

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DOI: 10.1037/a0023495


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