Screening for Slow Reading Acquisition in Norway and Finland : a Quest for Context Specific Predictors
Solheim, O. J., Torppa, M., Uppstad, P. H., & Lerkkanen, M.-K. (2021). Screening for Slow Reading Acquisition in Norway and Finland : a Quest for Context Specific Predictors. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 65(4), 584-600. https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2020.1739130
Published inScandinavian Journal of Educational Research
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Early identification of children at risk of developing reading difficulties is crucial for effective interventions. While orthographies and educational contexts differ, predictors included in early at-risk screening tend to remain rather homogeneous across countries. In this study, we compared longitudinal prediction patterns of being among the 20 percent lowest performing in reading fluency by the end of Grade 1 in Norway (N = 918) and Finland (N =378). The two countries differ in orthographic consistency (semi-transparent versus transparent), age at school entry and pre-primary education. Letter knowledge, phoneme isolation and rapid automatized naming (RAN) were unique predictors in the Norwegian sample. Predictors in the Finnish sample were gender, phoneme blending, RAN, and reading status. The predictive model identified significantly more Finnish than Norwegian poor readers (46.2% versus 27.9%). The results suggest national screening instruments that are sensitive to educational context and orthography. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland; The Research Council of Norway
Funding program(s)Research profiles, AoF; Academy Research Fellow, AoF; Others
Additional information about fundingThis study was supported by grants from the Norwegian Research Council (grant number 256197) and the Academy of Finland (grant number 276239; 292466).
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