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ERIC Number: ED032295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb
Pages: 9
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The Effects of the Initial Teaching Alphabet (i.t.a.) on Young Children's Written Composition.
Downing, John; And Others
Educational Research, v9 n2 p137-44 Feb 1967
Two independent pilot studies in Britain investigated the effect of the Initial Teaching Alphabet (i.t.a.) on the creative expression and verbal skills in written composition of young children. The Staffordshire study compared a normal week's free compositions written by 54 children using the traditional alphabet with the compositions of a similar group of children who used the i.t.a. Verbal characteristics compared were word-count, size of vocabulary, and frequency of repetition. The Dundee study concentrated on comparisons of quality and mechanical aspects in compositions assigned to 27 pupils using the i.t.a. and to 27 pupils using traditional orthography. Results of both studies showed superior writing by the i.t.a. pupils and indicated that while traditional orthography inhibits a child's approach to free composition, the Initial Teaching Alphabet fosters early creative writing. (JM)
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