Reading comprehension from grade 1 to 6 in two shallow orthographies : comparison of Estonian and Finnish students
Soodla, Piret; Torppa, Minna; Kikas, Eve; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Nurmi, Jari-Erik (2019). Reading comprehension from grade 1 to 6 in two shallow orthographies : comparison of Estonian and Finnish students. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 49 (5), 681-699. DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2018.1445963
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The aim was to examine reading comprehension among elementary school students in two shallow orthographies, Estonian and Finnish. Participants were 619 Estonian children (50% boys) and 292 Finnish children (52% boys) whose reading comprehension was assessed in first, second, third, and sixth grades. The results showed that reading comprehension among Estonian and Finnish children was at a similar level by the end of first grade but Finnish children started to have better performance from second grade onward. These findings suggest that the roots of Finnish students’ strong reading skills are nurtured from the very beginning of elementary school. The potential cross-country differences in reading instruction are discussed.
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Research post as Academy Research Fellow, AoF; Research profiles, AoF; Academy Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis work was supported by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research [grant number IUT3-3] and the Academy of Finland [grant numbers 292466, 268586, and 276239].
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