Open Access Repository

Morphological awareness in primary school children


Downloads per month over past year

Kunz, Alison Kimberly 2011 , 'Morphological awareness in primary school children', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

[img] PDF (Whole thesis)
whole_KunzAliso...pdf | Request a copy
Full text restricted
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.


Children develop morphological awareness, or the understanding of words,
throughout the primary school years and this helps them understand and use
grammatical rules. It is possible that children gain a large part of this understanding
from general years of experience with language or alternatively, from developing
their reading skills. The aim of the current study was to explore how children use
morphological awareness in reading and spelling, as well as how children with
different reading abilities use morphological awareness. The main hypothesis was
that the development of morphological awareness is influenced more by a child's
reading ability than by their experience with language. Seventy-one primary school
students from Grades 3, 4, and 5 from schools in the Hobart area (age M = 10 years,
2 months; SD = 10.7 months) completed the Word Identification reading subtest
from the WRMT and the spelling subtest from the WRAT as well as experimental
tests of real words and pseudowords along with a morphological awareness task. The
results show that children with similar reading abilities tended to have similar scores
across experimental measures, and that children with higher morphological
awareness performed better on the reading and spelling tasks. This seems to support
the assertion that it is reading ability, not experience with language, which
contributes most to the development of morphological awareness.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Kunz, Alison Kimberly
Keywords: Grammar, Comparative and general, Reading (Primary)
Copyright Holders: The Author
Copyright Information:

Copyright 2011 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s).

Additional Information:

Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2011. Includes bibliographical references

Item Statistics: View statistics for this item

Actions (login required)

Item Control Page Item Control Page