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A comparision of the recategorized WISC-R scores of good and poor spellers Keung, Cecilia


The WISC-R (Wechsler, 1974) was administered to 29 good spellers and 31 poor spellers in grade six. The obtained scaled scores were recategorized in the manner suggested by Bannatyne (1974) into Spatial (Block Design, Object Assembly, and Picture Completion), Conceptual (Vocabulary, Similarities, and Comprehension), and Sequential (Digit Span, Coding, and Arithmetic) categories. The poor spellers were highest (mean score) in the Spatial category, intermediate in the Conceptual category, and lowest in the Sequential category. The good spellers were highest in the Conceptual category, intermediate in the Sequential category and lowest in the Spatial category. These results are similar to those obtained in Bannatyne's 1971 study of genetic dyslexic children, and other studies reported in the literature for disabled and retarded readers. The implications of these findings are briefly discussed.

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