Aspects of auditory memory : a comparative study of children’s response to a sequential decoding/motor oriented vis-à-vis a language experience/Cloze oriented introduction to reading

  • Marilyn Scrymgeour

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    The effect of training short term auditory memory through the use of stimulus materials related to actual reading was examined over a fifteen week period. The subjects of the study, 50 Year 2 children in an A.C.T. Open Space Primary School, were randomly assigned to three groups - a control group and two treatment groups. Activities designed to develop short term auditory memory were incorporated into two different approaches to reading: 1. a sequential decoding/motor oriented approach, and 2. a language experience/cloze oriented approach. In this study, an analysis of co-variance with intelligence quotient controlled indicated that improvement in short term auditory memory was not significantly higher for children involved in the treatment groups. Pearson Product Moment correlations indicated that short term auditory memory performance appeared to be significantly correlated to performance in reading and spelling and that as children became more competent in reading and spelling, less dependence upon visual sequential memory was evident.
    Date of Award1981
    Original languageEnglish

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