Search results for author:"Pekka Niemi"
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Learning and Instruction Vol. 18, No. 6 pp. 548–564
The present study examined the predictors of fourth graders' reading skills (reading comprehension, text reading and word chain reading). Reading skill antecedents of 158 children of 5–6 years of age were measured at the beginning of kindergarten;...
Cognitive-linguistic skills and motivation as longitudinal predictors of reading and arithmetic achievement: A follow-up study from kindergarten to grade 2
International Journal of Educational Research Vol. 43, No. 4 pp. 250–271
This 3-year longitudinal study examined how motivational tendencies, that is, task orientation and social dependence orientation, as well as cognitive-linguistic prerequisites of reading and math skills (i.e., phonological awareness, rapid naming,...
Does early reading instruction promote the rate of acquisition? A comparison of two transparent orthographies
Piret Soodla; Marja-Kristiina Lerkkanen; Pekka Niemi; Eve Kikas; Gintautas Silinskas; Jari-Erik Nurmi
Learning and Instruction Vol. 38, No. 1 (August 2015) pp. 14–23
This study examines the development of children's reading skills in two transparent orthographies, Estonian and Finnish. Formal reading instruction begins one year earlier in Estonia than in Finland; thus, it was expected that Estonian children...