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ERIC Number: ED208391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Sentence-Combining: Measuring the Rate of Syntactic Growth in Freshman Composition.
Jones, Mary Ann
A study was conducted to determine how much practice in sentence combining was necessary for black college students to reach a peak in syntactic growth. Thirty-three freshman composition students, the majority of whom had verbal Scholastic Aptitude Test scores ranging from 300 to 350, participated in the study. In addition to the regular requirements for the composition course, the students completed more than 32 sentence combining activities over a one semester period. Seven writing samples, as well as pretest and posttest samples, were collected from the students. These samples were analyzed for number of words, T-units, and clauses. The analyses showed that the students reached a peak in syntactic growth after ten weeks (20 hours) of sentence combining practice. The findings support previous research indicating that students will experience statistically significant syntactic growth in the two most accurate indices of syntactic maturity--T-unit length and clause length--if they spend a substantial amount of time on sentence combining activities. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Syntactic Maturity