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Psicologia Escolar e Educacional

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MOTA, Márcia Elia da. Considerations about the role of morphological awareness in reading and spelling difficulties: a literature review. Psicol. esc. educ. [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.2, pp. 347-355. ISSN 1413-8557.

The objective of this work was to revise the national and international scientific production indexed in the Scielo and the periódico CAPES (Web of Science and Psychinfo), between 1996 and 2006 on the relation between morphological awareness, reading and spelling difficulties. Empirical studies had been selected that described the relationship between morphological awareness and literacy. It has been identified 16 articles (three national and 13 international ones) that were analyzed considering the following aspects: the causal relation between morphological awareness and literacy, and the role of morphological awareness in reading and spelling difficulties. An analysis of the articles and where they had been published, types of techniques of collection and analysis of data were made. The results point out to the lack of empirical studies that study this phenomenon in Brazil. The theoretical and methodological implications of these studies for the educational context and for the evaluation of the reading difficulties are also discussed.

Keywords : Morphology; Metalinguistics; Literacy.

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