ERIC Number: ED032131
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Initial and Final Consonant Relationships in Speech-Sound Tests: A Discrimination or Response Set Problem?
Coller, Alan R.; And Others
This study examined the relationship between initial and final consonants on two equivalent forms of the Wepman Auditory Discrimination Test (WADT). Subjects were 128 first grade, English-speaking, Negro, disadvantaged children. The two WADT forms each contained 40 different word-pairs. Thirteen word-pairs differed in initial consonant (IPT); 13 differed in final consonant (FPT); four differed in medial vowel (MPT); and 10 word pairs consisted of the same words. Both forms of the test were taped and administered individually to the children. The results indicated (1) there were no apparent differences between Form I and Form II, and (2) significantly higher correct scores were obtained on the IPT than on the FPT. Individual differences of pattern on IPT and FPT indicated that the ability to perceive structured sound is developed individually. It was urged that the WADT not rely on the cumulative Total Different Test score, but that each section of the test be scored independently to avoid misdiagnosis of children's auditory discrimination abilities. (DO)
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Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. for Developmental Studies.