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ERIC Number: ED028902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Pages: 15
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Children's Comprehension of Between and Within Sentence Syntactic Structures.
Bormuth, John R.; And Others
Three broad categories of comprehension skills (sentence, anaphora, and intersentence syntax) were divided into a total of 55 separate skills. Two different sentences or sentence pairs were written to incorporate each of the structures studied, and a four- or five-sentence paragraph was then written to incorporate each of these. Four question types (rote, transform, semantic substitute, and compound) were used to test comprehension of the structures; therefore, four test forms using these different question types were made for each paragraph. The subjects, fourth graders from an inner city, a suburban, and a rural school, were randomly divided so that 60 students responded to each question. The mean percentage of the students correctly answering the sentence comprehension questions was 73 percent; the anaphora comprehension questions, 77 percent; and the intersentence questions, 58 percent. The structures identified seemed to represent homogenous classes of behavior since the variation between questions measuring different skills was significantly greater than the variation between items measuring the same skill. The fact that the structures and question types differed significantly in difficulty was also taken as evidence that many of these skills may be hierarchically related. Tables and references are included. (CM)
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association conference, Los Angeles, Feb. 5-8, 1969