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Reading and Writing

, Volume 27, Issue 7, pp 1163–1188 | Cite as

Writing fluency and quality in kindergarten and first grade: the role of attention, reading, transcription, and oral language

  • Shawn Kent
  • Jeanne Wanzek
  • Yaacov Petscher
  • Stephanie Al Otaiba
  • Young-Suk Kim
Article

Abstract

In the present study, we examined the influence of kindergarten component skills on writing outcomes, both concurrently and longitudinally to first grade. Using data from 265 students, we investigated a model of writing development including attention regulation along with students’ reading, spelling, handwriting fluency, and oral language component skills. Results from structural equation modeling demonstrated that a model including attention was better fitting than a model with only language and literacy factors. Attention, a higher-order literacy factor related to reading and spelling proficiency, and automaticity in letter-writing were uniquely and positively related to compositional fluency in kindergarten. Attention and higher-order literacy factor were predictive of both composition quality and fluency in first grade, while oral language showed unique relations with first grade writing quality. Implications for writing development and instruction are discussed.

Keywords

Component skills Beginning writing Kindergarten First grade Writing development 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was supported by Grant P50HD052120 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Grant R305B04074 from the Institute of Education Sciences. Dr. Petscher’s time was also supported by Grant R305F100005 from the Institute of Education Sciences. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institutes of Health, or the Institute of Education Sciences.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shawn Kent
    • 1
  • Jeanne Wanzek
    • 1
  • Yaacov Petscher
    • 3
  • Stephanie Al Otaiba
    • 2
  • Young-Suk Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Florida Center for Reading Research and School of Teacher EducationFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Simmons School of Education and Human DevelopmentSouthern Methodist UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Florida Center for Reading ResearchFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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