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Acquisition of Alphabetic Knowledge

Title: Acquisition of Alphabetic Knowledge: Examining Letter- and Child-Level Factors in a Single, Comprehensive Model.
Name(s): Piasta, Shayne Bethany, author
Wagner, Richard K., professor directing thesis
Licht, Mark H., committee member
Schatschneider, Christopher, committee member
Connor, Carol McDonald, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Prediction of kindergarten and preschool children's alphabetic knowledge was examined with respect to child characteristics (e.g., age, SES, emergent literacy skills), letter properties (e.g., alphabetic order, letter name structure, sound properties), and child x letter factors (e.g., letters used to spell a certain child's name). A single, multilevel model including all types of factors was created, allowing for between-item, between-subject, and subject x item analyses. All zero-order and unique predictors of children's letter name and letter-sound knowledge were identified. Factors of each type were reliably predictive of outcomes, although most of the model variance was attributed to differences among children. Implications of using the new modeling technique as well as practical application for early childhood classrooms are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0931 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: October 17, 2006.
Keywords: Preschool, Multilevel Model, Reading Development, Emergent Literacy, Letters, Alphabet, Kindergarten
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Richard K. Wagner, Professor Directing Thesis; Mark H. Licht, Committee Member; Christopher Schatschneider, Committee Member; Carol McDonald Connor, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Piasta, S. B. (2006). Acquisition of Alphabetic Knowledge: Examining Letter- and Child-Level Factors in a Single, Comprehensive Model. Retrieved from