Journal article

Orthographic learning via self-teaching in children learning to read English: Effects of exposure, durability, and context

Kate Nation, Philip Angell, Anne Castles

JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2007

Abstract

This experiment investigated orthographic learning via self-teaching in 8- and 9-year-olds learning to read English. Children were exposed to novel words, and following a 1- or 7-day delay interval, orthographic learning was assessed by asking children to select previously seen novel words from an array of visually and phonologically similar foils. Novel words were exposed either in meaningful text or in isolation, and number of exposures was manipulated with each novel word appearing once, twice, or four times. Learning increased as a function of number of exposures, although some evidence of durable one-trial learning was observed. Context played no role, suggesting that orthographic learn..

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