ERIC Number: ED029697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
A Study Comparing Global Quality and Syntactic Maturity in the Writing Composition of Second and Third Grade Students.
Biesbrock, Edieann F.; Veal, L. Ramon
Short essays written by 60 secon d and third grade children were analyzed in order to compare the global quality with the syntactic maturity contained therein. Global quality is a broad measure of the level of ability and development evidenced by the pupil in his particular writing. Syntactic maturity is a measure based on the existence of various syntactical structures in the writing. Considered in this study were (1) the number of T-units (minimal terminable syntactic units), (2) the mean T-unit length, (3) the number of subordinate clauses, and (4) the number of all clauses. High correlations were found between global quality measures and the number of T-units, the ratio of the clauses per T-unit, the number of subordinate clauses, and the number of all clauses. These results indicate that fluency and complexity are related to quality in the written compositions of these students. Further research is needed. A bibliography and statistical tables are included. (WD)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. English Curriculum Study Center.; Georgia Univ., Athens. Research and Development Center in Educational Stimulation.
Note: Paper read at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Los Angeles, California, February, 1969