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ERIC Number: ED013815
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jul
Pages: 171
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE NEBRASKA STUDY OF THE SYNTAX OF CHILDREN'S WRITING, 1965-66, VOLUME II.
SEBESTA, SAM; AND OTHERS
THE SECOND PHASE OF THE SYNTAX STUDY OF CHILDREN'S WRITING, CONDUCTED BY THE NEBRASKA CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT CENTER, CONCENTRATED ON DISCOVERING AND EVALUATING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CONTROL GROUPS WHICH DID NOT USE THE NEBRASKA ENGLISH CURRICULUM AND EXPERIMENTAL GROUPS WHICH DID. ANSWERS WERE SOUGHT TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS--(1) HOW DOES THE SYNTAX OF THE CHILDREN'S WRITING CHANGE AS THEY MATURE. (2) AT WHAT AGE DO THE CHILDREN BEGIN USING VARIOUS STRUCTURES. (3) HOW DOES THEIR SYNTAX DIFFER FROM THAT OF ADULTS. (4) WHAT RELATIONSHIP EXISTS BETWEEN A CHILD'S BACKGROUND AND HIS USE OF SYNTACTIC PATTERNS. (5) IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SYNTAX OF CHILDREN INVOLVED IN THE NEBRASKA ENGLISH CURRICULUM AND OF THOSE IN TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE ARTS PROGRAMS. THE POPULATION SAMPLE WAS COMPOSED OF 500 CONTROL AND 250 EXPERIMENTAL SUBJECTS IN GRADES TWO THROUGH SIX IN TEN NEBRASKA SCHOOLS. THE FIRST FIVE SENTENCES IN EACH CHILD'S COMPOSITION AND A 500-SENTENCE SAMPLE FROM THE WRITINGS OF 25 MAJOR MODERN AMERICAN WRITERS OF PROSE FICTION PROVIDED THE DATA FOR ANALYSIS. SOME OF THE FINDINGS WERE--(1) THE SUBJECT-VERB-OBJECT PATTERN DECREASED IN THE CHILDREN'S WRITTEN LANGUAGE AS THEY MATURED, (2) THE USE OF THE NEBRASKA ENGLISH CURRICULUM ENABLED THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO APPROACH CRITERIA INFERRED FROM THE WRITINGS OF PROFESSIONALS, AND (3) THE SYNTACTIC PATTERN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SECOND- AND SIXTH-GRADERS WAS GREATER THAN THAT BETWEEN SIXTH-GRADERS AND PROFESSIONALS. (RD)
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Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Curriculum Development Center.
Identifiers: NEBRASKA CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT CENTER; NEBRASKA ENGLISH CURRICULUM; Nebraska Instrument for Syntactic Analysis