Phonological awareness is increasingly singled out as one of the most consistent predictors in the successful learning of reading. There is a growing interest regarding the contribution of this skill to the learning of reading, as it is in the middle of the whole teaching-learning process, but there is a need for scientific studies that test the impact of phonological awareness intervention programmes in the development of reading skills. A longitudinal study, consisting of three moments of data collection and implementation of an intervention Programme, was carried out. Phonological awareness was assessed based on the PALPA Battery (Castro Caló & Gomes, 2007) and on the Phonological Assessment Battery (Silva, 2002). BAL (Ribeiro, Silva, Santos, Cadime, Chaves-Sousa, Vale & Spinillo, 2013) was used to assess reading skills. The sample involved 80 children attending classes in two school groupings. After the first data collection the sample was divided in control group (n=39) and experimental group (n = 41). The experimental group was submitted to a Phonological Awareness Stimulation Programme, developed to this effect. This programme, validated to European Portuguese embraces the four dimensions of phonological awareness and hearing discrimination and was developed in small groups of four to five children, in a total of 16 sessions of 45 minutes. The results confirm the efficacy of the programme. Experimental group clearly showed statistically significant gains in phonological awareness when compared to the control group. These results reinforce the importance of the modification of teaching practices in Preschool Education, as a way to ensure the precocious development of phonological awareness, in order to prevent difficulties in reading.
|Date of Award||3 Sep 2021|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Lurdes Veríssimo (Supervisor)|
- Phonological awareness
- Reading intervention programme
- Doutoramento em Ciências da Educação