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ERIC Number: ED012437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb-18
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
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DEVELOPING SYNTACTIC CONTROL IN SEVENTH GRADE WRITING THROUGH AUDIO-LINGUAL DRILL ON TRANSFORMATIONS.
GRIFFIN, WILLIAM J.
AN ANALYSIS OF "T-UNITS" (THE MINIMAL TERMINABLE SYNTACTIC UNITS ALLOWED BY THE GRAMMAR OF ENGLISH), AS FOUND IN CHILDREN'S WRITING, IS A MORE SENSITIVE MEASURE OF GROWTH OF SYNTACTIC SKILL THAN TRADITIONAL CRITERIA. HUNT'S 1965 COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF CLASSROOM WRITING OF FOURTH-, EIGHTH-, AND 12TH-GRADE CHILDREN, AND OF MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITING OF ADULTS, SHOWED AN INCREASE IN THE MEAN WORD LENGTH OF T-UNITS WITH EACH AGE ADVANCE THROUGH AN INCREASED USE OF SUBORDINATE CLAUSES AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, SENTENCE-COMBINING TRANSFORMATIONS. NEY'S EXPERIMENTAL ATTEMPTS (1965) TO DEVELOP CHILDREN'S SKILL IN PRODUCING SENTENCE-COMBINING TRANSFORMATIONS THROUGH SYSTEMATIC AUDIOLINGUAL DRILL GAVE GROUP RESULTS BELOW THE .05 LEVEL OF SIGNIFICANCE, ALTHOUGH SOME STUDENTS MADE IMPRESSIVE INDIVIDUAL GAINS. FURTHER PRE- AND POST-TESTING BY DONNA KAY RAUB (1965) WITH SEVENTH GRADERS, USING A FILM WITH ACCOMPANYING NARRATION, SHOWED NO STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN THE WRITTEN COMPOSITIONS. HOWEVER, SCORES ON MEAN LENGTH OF T-UNITS NARROWLY MISSED STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE, AND SCORES ON THE NUMBER OF SENTENCE-COMBINING TRANSFORMATIONS PER T-UNIT SHOWED THE DIFFERENTIAL GAINS OF THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP TO BE SIGNIFICANT AT THE .05 LEVEL. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED TO THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (NEW YORK CITY, FEBRUARY 18, 1967). (AMM)
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Identifiers: New York (New York); SENTENCE COMBINING TRANSFORMATIONS; T Units