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ERIC Number: ED040179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 15
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An Experiment in the Teaching of English Composition.
Rippey, Robert
Irish Journal of Education, v2 n2 p112-26 1968
Eight classes (140 students) in 10th- and 11th-grade were taught English composition using either an "errorless" or a "dialectical" method, each involving a model paragraph. The progress of the students was examined using the STEP and Composition Rating Scales before and after the instruction. Significant changes in the students' scores occurred for both experimental methods over a period of a year. No differences were obtained between the students following the errorless and dialectical methods. During their 12th-grade, the students wrote another essay, and the results indicated that the changes noted during the original instruction persisted into the fourth year of high school for those who had been instructed while in the 11th-grade, but not for those who had been instructed a year and a half earlier. Conclusions indicated that the importance of thoughtful imitation, a crucial step in learning the most sophisticated kinds of behavior, has often been underestimated in teaching. (Appendices provide a sample model paragraph, parts of an errorless and a dialectical lesson, an analysis of the model paragraph and practical exercises, and the composition rating scales. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (Author/LH)
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