Title: The Relation of Morphological Awareness to Language and Literacy Skills: A Meta-Analysis
Presenter: Will Lee
Poster Advisor: Young-Suk Kim
Research Specialization: Teaching, Learning, and Educational Improvement
The purpose of this meta-analysis was to examine the correlation of morphological awareness with vocabulary, phonological awareness, orthographic awareness, decoding, spelling, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. We synthesized the aforementioned correlations within 64 published studies (N = 16,119) that met our inclusion criteria. Findings indicated that morphological awareness was, on average, significantly related to all the language and literacy skills above– vocabulary (r = .48), phonological awareness (r = .32), orthographic awareness (r = .38), decoding (r = .44), spelling (r = .49), reading fluency (r = .67), and reading comprehension (r = .56). Moderator analyses showed that the correlations varied by grades, orthographic depth, and type of morphological awareness (e.g., derivation vs. compound).