Reading and Writing

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 117–136 | Cite as

The role of RAN and reading rate in predicting reading self-concept

  • Ronen Kasperski
  • Michal Shany
  • Tami Katzir


Social identity theory states that a person’s self-concept is created from comparison with others (Walsh & Gordon, 2008). In the case of reading, oral reading is a salient feature young children have to compare themselves on to their classroom peer group. The current study was set to explore the ability of oral reading tasks such as rapid naming and reading rate as well as measures of accuracy and reading comprehension to independently predict reading self-concept among young developing Hebrew readers. Data from 138 s to third grade students was analyzed using a structural equation modeling analyses (SEM). Findings indicated that the path between RAN-L and reading rate was the strongest and single predictor of reading self-concept. The findings suggest that speed-based performance is linked to both cognitive and psychosocial related difficulties and that slow readers are at risk for lower reading self-concept.


RAN Reading self-concept Reading rate Reading accuracy Reading comprehension 



We thank Prof. James Chapman and Prof. Sharon Vaughn for their valuable comments on the PhD thesis on which the current article is based and Tal Erez for her editorial assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Learning Disabilities and Special Education, Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning DisabilitiesUniversity of HaifaMount Carmel, HaifaIsrael

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