Visual Chunking Skills of Hong Kong Children

TitleVisual Chunking Skills of Hong Kong Children
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsPak, A. K. H., Cheng-lai A., Tso I. F., Shu H., Li W., & Anderson R. C.
JournalReading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Volume18
Pagination437-454
Date Published07/00
ISBN NumberISSN-0922-4777
KeywordsHong Kong
AbstractThis study investigated the development of visual chunking skills in the processing of Chinese characters among Hong Kong pupils. One-hundred-seventy-nine primary school students from first, second and fourth grades were administered a character copying task. Children as young as 6 years of age were aware of character units and were able to apply visual chunking strategies when processing characters. Children in higher grades performed better than those in lower grades on every character type, and the types of errors they made revealed that their chunking level was higher than that of younger children. Differences between ability groups emerged in second grade and vanished in fourth grade, suggesting that children with a lower reading ability are slower to develop advanced chunking skills.