A Comparison of Sighted and Visually Impaired Children’s Text Comprehension

Papastergiou, Athanasia and Pappas, Vasileios (2019) A Comparison of Sighted and Visually Impaired Children’s Text Comprehension. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 85 . pp. 8-19. ISSN 0891-4222. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2018.10.003) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Do children with visual impairments outperform their sighted cohorts in reading and auditory comprehension tasks? Methods: We address this question by applying panel regression techniques on a comprehensive sample of 16 children with visual impairments from a Greek special school for students with visual impairments. Results: By comparing the reader comprehender profile for both children types, we find that the children with visual impairments perform better than their sighted counterparts. The better performance is supported both unconditionally and conditionally on idiosyncratic characteristics, such as age, text complexity, modality, sex and reading ability. Conclusion: Decomposing the reader comprehender profile into a literal, global and local type of questions we find that the results are mainly driven by the superior performance of the children with VI in the literal questions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Braille Visual impairment Inference making ability Reading comprehension Listening comprehension
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Vasileios Pappas
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2018 19:21 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2019 14:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69764 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Papastergiou, Athanasia: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8301-3330
Pappas, Vasileios: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1885-4832
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