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Title: Emergent Spelling Development in Malay
Authors: YEE PEK HAR
Keywords: error analyses, lexical and sublexical processing, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, working memory
Issue Date: 3-Aug-2009
Citation: YEE PEK HAR (2009-08-03). Emergent Spelling Development in Malay. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Using a 6-month longitudinal design, the relative contribution of short term memory (STM), working memory (WM), phonological awareness, and letter knowledge to kindergarten children's (N=64, aged 5-6 years) emergent spelling abilities in Malay was examined. Single-word spelling ability was coded using Treiman and Bourassa's (2001) scale with separate scores for phonological and orthographic approximations in addition to the composite spelling score and over all accuracy. Hierarchical regression analyses of concurrent achievement (Time 1 and Time 2), and growth (Time 1 to Time 2) revealed that different grain size have different roles in spelling achievement and spelling growth as a function of formal instruction. Phoneme awareness predicted composite spelling achievement at Time 1 and Time 2 while syllable awareness predicted composite spelling achievement at Time 2 and spelling growth. Despite significant correlations, no STM or WM effects were found. Lexical/orthographic processing was significantly better than sublexical/phonological processing after formal instruction.
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