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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01882

Predictive Models of Word Reading Fluency in Hebrew

 Ady Shechter1, Orly Lipka1 and  Tami Katzir1*
  • 1University of Haifa, Israel

Abstract: This study examined a multi-componential approach to reading fluency in first and third grade Hebrew speaking children. Measures of naming speed, phonological awareness, morphological awareness, morpho-syntax awareness, and vocabulary were administered to first (N=68) and third (N=67) graders. Hierarchical regression models revealed that in both grades, naming speed accounted for most of the variance in each model. However, while in the first grade word reading fluency was also predicted by vocabulary, in the third grade both phonological awareness and morphological awareness were significant additional predictors. Predictive models of word reading fluency in Hebrew and applied implications are proposed.

Keywords: reading fluency, rapid automatized naming, phonological awareness, morphological awareness, morpho-syntax awareness, vocabulary, Hebrew.

Received: 26 Feb 2018; Accepted: 13 Sep 2018.

Edited by:

Douglas F. Kauffman, Independent researcher

Reviewed by:

Manuel Soriano-Ferrer, Universitat de València, Spain
Duo Liu, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong  

Copyright: © 2018 Shechter, Lipka and Katzir. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Tami Katzir, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, katzirta@gmail.com