A Chronometric Study of Component Skills in Reading.
Technical rept. no. 2, 1 Dec 76-1 Jan 78,
BOLT BERANEK AND NEWMAN INC CAMBRIDGE MASS
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A component skills model of reading is presented. On the basis of the model, five component factors are hypothesized 1 Grapheme encoding, 2 Encoding multi-letter units, 3 Phonemic translations, 4 Automaticity of articulation, and 5 Depth of processing in word recognition. The fit of the hypothesized component factor model is tested using covariance data for eleven chronometric measures, chosen to reflect separate stages of processing. The fit of the structural model is found to be good p.2. Three alternative models are developed, each representing a simplification of the general model in each case the alternative structural model is rejected. The component skills model accounts for nearly all of the variance in subjects general reading ability, as measured by standard tests of reading comprehension. Author
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