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ERIC Number: ED237558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Use of the Syntactic Density Score as an Evaluative Criterion Measure.
O'Neal, Marcia R.; And Others
A difficulty associated with the use of Golub and Frederick's syntactic density score was the time required in hand tabulation. This drawback was resolved with the development by Kidder of a computer program which calculates a syntactic density score for writing samples. The purpose of this study was to examine the sensitivity of the Syntactic Density computer program as an instrument for measuring changes in language development among high school students in a writing skills instructional program. Students' pre and post writing samples were edited for spelling and punctuation and then input into the Syntactic Density computer program. Five items from the program's output were selected for analysis: total number of words, total number of T-units, words per T-unit, total score, and syntactic density score. Although significant differences were not found between pre- and post-analyses in most instances, similar results obtained on other measures in the larger study suggest this was likely due to the absence of significant change in students rather than lack of sensitivity on the part of the instrument. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Syntactic Density; Syntactic Maturity; T Units
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (12th, Nashville, TN, November 16-18, 1983). Figure 1 contains small print.