eCite Digital Repository

The development of orthographic and phonological strategies for the decoding of words in children


Martin, F and Claydon, EA and Morton, AL and Binns, ST and Pratt, C, The development of orthographic and phonological strategies for the decoding of words in children, Journal of Research in Reading, 26, (2) pp. 191-204. ISSN 0141-0423 (2003) [Refereed Article]

Not available

Copyright Statement

The definitive published version is available online at:

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-9817.00196


This study examined the use of orthographic and phonological deletion strategies by children in the 6–16-year age range. Children from Grades 1 to 10 (n=191) were presented either visually or orally isolated words and were asked to pronounce these words using either an orthographic (spelling) strategy following mental deletion of one letter, or a phonological (sounding) strategy following mental deletion of one sound. All children performed additional reading and spelling tasks in which they read and spelt all the words and derivatives from the deletion tasks. Analysis of variance revealed that younger readers were more accurate when using phonological strategies than when using orthographic strategies, whereas older readers showed superior orthographic and phonological processing abilities. Generally the results supported the suggestion that phonological and orthographic processing ability increase with age, and that the increase in these abilities with age is not solely dependent on reading and spelling ability.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Educational psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Martin, F (Associate Professor Frances Martin)
UTAS Author:Claydon, EA (Ms Elizabeth Claydon)
UTAS Author:Morton, AL (Mr Adam Leith Morton)
UTAS Author:Binns, ST (Miss Sonya Binns)
ID Code:26340
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-03

Repository Staff Only: item control page