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The Nebraska study of the syntax of children's writing, 1966-67, volume iii [microform] / Nell C. Thompson and Others
Bib ID 5187206
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Thompson, Nell C
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1967 
321 p. 

The third part of the Nebraska curriculum development center's analysis of the syntax of children's writing focused upon (1) how the syntax of third- and sixth-graders compared with that of professional writers, (2) whether or not the rate of growth in certain syntactic skills varied significantly among groups of children in various language arts programs, (3) whether or not children who initially displayed advanced syntactic skills also surpassed their peers in progress rate, and (4) whether or not girls' written syntax differed from that of boys. The compositions analyzed were written by 180 children in three language arts programs--(a) an intensive-treatment program and (b) a moderate-treatment program, both based upon the Nebraska English curriculum, and (c) a control program containing no "Nebraska" units. Research limitations were the representation of only middle-class students of lincoln and Omaha schools, the selection of the Nebraska program to be taught, and the use of teachers in program a who were better trained in this curriculum than those in program B. The study revealed that (1) the syntax of high-i.q. Children and the sentence types of low-i.q. Children came closest to the "professional" standards, (2) the intensive-treatment program at both grade levels yielded the greatest dividends in the rate of growth of syntactic skills, (3) a high negative correlation existed between pre-treatment syntactic performance and in-treatment syntactic growth, and (4) girls' syntactic skills consistently outranked that of boys. (rd)


Educational level discussed: Elementary Education.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Elementary Education.  |  English Instruction.  |  Linguistics.  |  Research Projects.  |  Statistical Analysis.  |  Syntax.  |  Writing (Composition)  |  Written Language.  |  Nebraska CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT CENTER Nebraska ENGLISH CURRICULUM Nebraska Instrument for Syntactic Analysis
Other authors/contributors Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Curriculum Development Center
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