ERIC Number: ED065122
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Instruction in English Syntax as Related to Achievement of Community College Students. Final Report.
Fryburg, Estelle L.
This study attempts to determine relationships among the understanding of English syntactic patterns, reading achievement and grade point average among students at Bronx Community College (New York). The students used in the study were 124 entering freshmen who scored below 60 on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test, and who were enrolled in the reading and study skills laboratory course. A Test of Sentence Meaning was given to evaluate student knowledge of English syntax. Lectures, classroom procedures, course outlines and requirements, and grading procedures were the same for all students, but an experimental group received class exercises and individual assignments emphasizing English syntax. Findings after one semester of instruction showed that there was: (1) a high correlation between Nelson-Denny Reading Test scores and knowledge of the English syntax; (2) a significant relationship between directed instruction in English syntax and students' reading achievement; and (3) no significant differences in grade point averages between the control and experimental groups. (RN)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Bronx Community Coll., NY.
Identifiers: Nelson-Denny Reading Test; New York