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Longitudinal correlates of reading comprehension difficulties in Chinese children
Zhang,Juan1; McBride-Chang,Catherine2; Wong,Anita M.Y.3; Tardif,Twila4; Shu,Hua5; Zhang,Yuping5
Source PublicationReading and Writing

The present study explored the early predictors of reading comprehension difficulties in Chinese children. We originally recruited 290 Beijing and 154 Hong Kong children and further selected from each sample those (30 from Beijing and 22 from Hong Kong sample) in the lowest 25 % on reading comprehension tests across the last two consecutive testing years (Beijing: ages 9 and 10; Hong Kong: ages 8 and 9) as poor comprehenders. These groups were matched to a group of children from the same sample whose reading comprehension was above 30 % across the two final years and matched on mothers' education levels, age, nonverbal reasoning at age 4, and Chinese word reading across the same final two consecutive years. We then examined early linguistic/cognitive skills at ages 5-9 that could distinguish the poor and typically developing groups in each city separately. Compared to the control group, poor comprehenders from both samples performed significantly and consistently worse on word reading at early ages, and generally worse on morphological compounding awareness, phonological awareness, and vocabulary knowledge from ages 6 and onwards. In addition, lexical tone sensitivity across ages and grammatical sensitivity (administered at age 5 only) failed to distinguish the two groups for the Beijing sample but did for Hong Kong children.

KeywordChinese Children Grammatical Sensitivity Lexical Tone Sensitivity Morphological Awareness Reading Comprehension Difficulty Vocabulary Skill
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WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research ; Psychology
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research ; Psychology, Educational
WOS IDWOS:000330968100004
Scopus ID2-s2.0-84893759749
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorMcBride-Chang,Catherine
Affiliation1.University of Macau, Taipa, Macao
2.Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong
3.The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
4.University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
5.State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Zhang,Juan,McBride-Chang,Catherine,Wong,Anita M.Y.,et al. Longitudinal correlates of reading comprehension difficulties in Chinese children[J]. Reading and Writing,2014,27(3):481-501.
APA Zhang,Juan,McBride-Chang,Catherine,Wong,Anita M.Y.,Tardif,Twila,Shu,Hua,&Zhang,Yuping.(2014).Longitudinal correlates of reading comprehension difficulties in Chinese children.Reading and Writing,27(3),481-501.
MLA Zhang,Juan,et al."Longitudinal correlates of reading comprehension difficulties in Chinese children".Reading and Writing 27.3(2014):481-501.
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