ERIC Number: ED236568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Readability on Sight Copying in Elementary School Girls and Boys.
To determine how the difficulty of print materials affected elementary school students' sight copying accuracy and productivity and to explain correlate variance related to copying, 149 students in grades four, six, and eight were assigned materials to copy for three minutes. All subjects copied passages at grade level and at two grades above and below grade level. Each passage received a productivity score and an error rate score. Analyses of variance and covariance were used to evaluate the data collected. The findings indicated that (1) productivity increased with students' grade level; (2) girls' productivity was superior to boys' at grades four and eight; (3) although affecting productivity, differences in difficulty levels revealed a pattern generally unrelated to increasing readability; (4) productivity was affected only slightly by the differences in material difficulty at grades six and eight; (5) the average number of errors decreased at each higher grade; and (6) the relationships between Canadian Test of Basic Skills subtests and both copying productivity and accuracy were mixed. (Appendixes include test scores, sample passages, scoring criteria, and student responses.) (Author/MM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Copying Ability
Note: M.Ed. Thesis, University of Saskatchewan.