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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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SARGIANI, Renan de Almeida; MALUF, Maria Regina  and  BOSSE, Marie-Line. The Role of Visual Attention Span and Phonemic Awareness in Learning to Read. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.3, pp.593-602. ISSN 0102-7972.

This study aimed to verify the relationship between visual attention span (VAS), phonemic awareness (PA) and reading performance in a sample of 48 students from the 1st, 3rd and 5th grade from a public elementary school in Sao Paulo. Children were assessed in three sessions through a battery of tasks, which included single word reading, VAS, PA, nonverbal intelligence, phonological memory and letter identification threshold. Results showed that the VAS and PA correlated with performance in reading from 1st to 5th grade, and they play a more important role at 1st grade, but remain relevant in 3rd and 5th grade, especially in the reading of nonwords and irregular words.

Keywords : Visual attention span; phonemic awareness; reading performance.

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