Building Literacy Skills in Primary School Children and Adolescents

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102). This special issue belongs to the section "Curriculum and Instruction".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 4255

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Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115 USA
Interests: foundational skills; phonemic awareness; reading fluency; installation of core instruction; quantitative research; implementation science

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College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University, MS 4232, College Station, TX 77843, USA
Interests: reading acquisition and development; reading assessment and correction; reading comprehension development and text processing; reading in science and mathematics
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue titled ‘Building Literacy Skills in Primary School Children and Adolescents’ will have two foci:

  1. Reading processes and instructions, shown through empirical research, that help students to proficiently decode words with fluency and understanding;
  2. Reading issues encountered by students as they transition into adolescence.

For this Special Issue, we welcome submissions of original, quantitative research articles and research reviews. Among others, some potential research areas may include the following:

  • Phonemic awareness;
  • Alphabet knowledge;
  • Letter-sound knowledge (or correspondence);
  • Morphological awareness;
  • Reading fluency;
  • Role of text in reading development;
  • Vocabulary;
  • Reading comprehension.

Articles may focus on a specific grade, or combination of grades across kindergarten through grade eight and may address a single reading process or combinations of processes. Studies focusing on the transition years following formal phonics instruction, quite often encompassing third through fifth grade, are also of interest.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.


Prof. Dr. David D. Paige
Prof. Dr. William Rupley
Guest Editors

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  • foundational skills
  • adolescent reading
  • phonemic awareness
  • developmental spelling
  • phonics
  • decoding
  • reading fluency
  • vocabulary, comprehension

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Critical Thinking in Reading Comprehension: Fine Tuning the Simple View of Reading
by David Paige, William H. Rupley and Leily Ziglari
Educ. Sci. 2024, 14(3), 225; - 22 Feb 2024
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Critical thinking has been identified as an essential skill for the 21st century, yet little research has investigated its role in reading comprehension. Executive functions (EF) and critical thinking overlap, where the latter often rely on the proficient operation of EF and vice [...] Read more.
Critical thinking has been identified as an essential skill for the 21st century, yet little research has investigated its role in reading comprehension. Executive functions (EF) and critical thinking overlap, where the latter often rely on the proficient operation of EF and vice versa. Extending the simple view of reading, the active view of reading considers the contribution of language comprehension and decoding to reading comprehension by including the role of EF. In the present study, we assess 360 seventh-grade English language learners attending schools in three states in India. We gathered measures of reading comprehension, critical thinking and listening comprehension, reading fluency, academic vocabulary, and encoding. Using multiple regression to fit a linear model, the best-fit model explained 59.3% of the total variance in reading comprehension. Two indicators of critical thinking, induction and deduction, were significant predictors of reading comprehension, along with listening comprehension, encoding, and academic vocabulary. Also of interest was the result showing reading fluency to be a non-significant predictor of reading comprehension. Results of this study add empirical support for the role of critical thinking in reading comprehension. Full article
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