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A Test of Proficiency in Black Standard and Nonstandard Speech. Research and Development Memorandum #101 [microform] / Robert L. Politzer and Others
Bib ID 5242486
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Politzer, Robert L
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1973 
12 p. 
Summary

As part of the development of a test battery to determine proficiency in black standard and nonstandard speech, a test was devised consisting of a repetition task. Fifteen sentences in black standard and 15 in black nonstandard English were to be repeated. A black experimenter administered the test individually to 35 black kindergartners. The experimenter stopped the tape after each sentence containing a test item and asked the child to repeat the sentence. The response was scored as correct if the child repeated the test item exactly as modeled on the tape. Mean scores were 10.9 on the nonstandard and 11.3 on the standard section of the test. The reliability of Section A (non-standard) of the test was 0.49; for Section B (standard) it was 0.43. Scores of the same students on the Standard Achievement Test and its subsection on letters and sounds correlated positively and significantly with the standard section of the test. Any imbalance in favor of nonstandard had a significant negative correlation with the Stanford Achievement Test. (Author/CR)

Notes

Sponsoring Agency: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Task Force on Lab. and Center Transition.

Contract Number: OEC-6-10-078-3A.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Black Dialects.  |  Correlation.  |  Kindergarten Children.  |  Language Proficiency.  |  Nonstandard Dialects.  |  Research Reports.  |  Speech.  |  Standard Spoken Usage.  |  Tape Recorders.  |  Test Construction.  |  Test Reliability.  |  Test Results.  |  Stanford Achievement Tests
Other authors/contributors Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching
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