ERIC Number: ED203324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Effect of Sentence Combining on the Writing of Selected Black Students and Graduates of Small High Schools in University Freshman English Classes.
Melder, Ellis M.
A study was conducted to examine the effects of sentence combining instruction on the writing performance of both black students and students from small high schools enrolled in freshman composition classes. Subjects were 56 students enrolled in two sections of freshman composition, with one section receiving practice in sentence combining. The data examined in the study were the first and last compositions written by the students for the course. Two two-way analyses of covariance--race by treatment, and size of high school by treatment--were made on each of the four dependent variables: the holistic rating for overall quality of the compositions, and scores on three factors of syntactic maturity (t-unit length, clause length, and subordination ratio). No significant differences were found in the interaction between race and treatment, and size of high school and treatment on each of the four dependent variables, thereby raising questions about the viability of sentence combining as an adjunct to a rhetorically based approach to teaching freshman composition. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freshman Composition
Note: Research prepared at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.