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Towards an understanding of how children read and spell irregular words: the role of nonword and orthographic processing skills (2013)
Journal Article
Johnston, R., McGeown, S., & Moxon, G. E. (2014). Towards an understanding of how children read and spell irregular words: the role of nonword and orthographic processing skills. Journal of Research in Reading, 37(1), (51-64). doi:10.1111/jrir.12007. ISSN 0141-0423

This study examined, in 180 children aged from 6 to 9years, to what extent irregular word reading and spelling were predicted by vocabulary knowledge, reading frequency, orthographic processing and nonword reading skill. Consistent with models of rea... Read More

Reading instruction affects the cognitive skills supporting early reading development (2012)
Journal Article
Johnston, R. S., McGeown, S. P., & Medford, E. (2012). Reading instruction affects the cognitive skills supporting early reading development. Learning and Individual Differences, 22(3), (360-364). doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2012.01.012. ISSN 1041-6080

This study examined the cognitive skills associated with early reading development when children were taught by different types of instruction. Seventy-nine children (mean age at pre-test 4;10 (22 S.D.) and post-test 5;03 (21 S.D.)) were taught to re... Read More

Long-term effects of synthetic versus analytic phonics teaching on the reading and spelling ability of 10 year old boys and girls (2011)
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Johnston, R. S., McGeown, S., & Watson, J. E. (2012). Long-term effects of synthetic versus analytic phonics teaching on the reading and spelling ability of 10 year old boys and girls. Reading and Writing, 25(6), (1365-1384). doi:10.1007/s11145-011-9323-x. ISSN 0922-4777

A comparison was made of 10-year-old boys and girls who had learnt to read by analytic or synthetic phonics methods as part of their early literacy programmes. The boys taught by the synthetic phonics method had better word reading than the girls in... Read More

Poor readers' use of orthographic information in learning to read new words: A visual bias or a phonological deficit? (2008)
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McNeil, A. M., & Johnston, R. S. (2008). Poor readers' use of orthographic information in learning to read new words: A visual bias or a phonological deficit?. Memory & cognition, 36(3), 629-640. doi:10.3758/mc.36.3.629

In this study, we examined the ability of 11-year-old poor readers and reading age controls to learn new print vocabulary. It was found that the poor readers were slower than the controls to learn to read a set of nonwords accurately but that, when a... Read More