Processing Rhythms in Beginning Readers: A Spectrographic Examination of Oral Text Reading Behaviors on Easy and Challenging Texts

Laura Juhl, doctoral student in the UALR Reading Program and Linda Dorn, Professor of Reading, received a grant for $4630.00 from the Reading Recovery Council of North America to purchase spectrographic software and testing materials to examine the oral reading behaviors of beginning readers. The study used a qualitative comparative method to describe the biological processing rhythms of beginning readers as they read texts that increased in complexity. Preliminary results of spectrographic waveforms indicate that the processing rhythm is interrupted as the reader encounters difficulty at point of error, and is re-established after the self-correction is made. The research will be completed in June, 2013 and will be written for publication.