ERIC Number: ED034782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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An Exploration of Growth in Written Composition to Determine the Relationship of Selected Variables to Poor Writing in Grades Nine and Twelve.
Barbig, Evelyn V.
This study revealed that in the 31 junior and senior high schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, North Carolina there was discernible growth in written composition from grade to grade when students were measured and analyzed by total group, academic and nonacademic curriculum, and boys and girls. Each student's writing ability was measured by a composition rated on general merit by two raters. In addition, students completed a questionnaire which was used in determining the relationship of selected variables to writing in grades 9 and 12. The poor writer tended to be a nonacademic boy, whereas the good writer tended to be an academic girl. Some other results were that the poor writer watched more television than the good writer, read fewer books, did less voluntary writing, and came from a lower income family in general. The good writer had a better self-concept and attitude toward writing. Voluntary reading, writing, and television viewing declined from the ninth to the 12th grades. Most students felt either neutral or inclined toward a positive attitude toward the study of grammar. (Author/LK)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Family Influence, Grammar, High School Students, Independent Reading, Junior High School Students, Recreational Reading, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Attitudes, Television Viewing, Verbal Development, Writing Skills
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Tennessee