Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
On-line version ISSN 1678-7153
MALUF, Maria Regina and BARRERA, Sylvia Domingos. Phonological awareness and written language among preschool children. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 1997, vol.10, n.1, pp. 125-145. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79721997000100009.
This research aimed to study the relationship between phonological awareness and written language acquisition through a psychogenetic perspective. Participants were 55 preschool children of both sexes, between 4 and 6 years old. They were assessed with an instrument developed by the researcher. The results showed a positive and significant correlation between phonological awareness and literacy levels, especially for 5 and 6 years-old children. These levels were correlated positively with age and independent of the sex of the subjects. The results also pointed to the existence of different levels of phonological awareness, involving different degrees of complexity, which suggests the importance of pedagogic activities that aim to develop phonological awareness in preschool children.
Keywords : Phonological awareness; written language; preschool children; literacy.