ERIC Number: ED169567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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Sentence-Combining Practice: Training that Improves Student Writing.
Pedersen, Elray L.
A total of 113 seventh grade students participated in a study to test the effectiveness of sentence combining practice as a means to significantly improve syntactic and semantic fluency in student writing. Methods included pretest, posttest, and delayed posttest t-unit analyses of syntactic fluency, and four pretest and posttest analyses of student narrative compositions: a forced-choice evaluation of compositions, a semantic differential analysis of 14 specific perceived attributes of composition quality, type-token measures, and lexical density measures of meaningful expression. The findings supported the conclusion that sentence combining experiences are consistent, highly powerful, and broadly influential ways of eliciting better student writing. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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