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ERIC Number: ED040189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 180
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A Study of the Influence of Oral Instruction on Students' Ability in Written Sentence Structure.
Wiggins, Robert Franklin
In an attempt to improve students' written expression, this study tested two assumptions: (1) that if students were led through a series of oral language experiences to a realization of the relationships between oral and written sentence structures which they were encouraged to practice, they would write a variety of sentence structures; and (2) that students could be helped to improve their performances on the language section of a standardized test through oral language experiences. Randomly selected fourth-grade pupils--40 each for the experimental and control groups--were pre-tested under similar conditions on the language section of the "Iowa Test of Basic Skills," Form I, and on a writing test which provided the percentages of simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences written by each pupil. Both groups were given the regular classroom language program, with the experimental group receiving an additional series of 40 daily sessions of 30 minutes' duration in which oral language experiences were emphasized. Both groups were post-tested on Form IV of the same Iowa test and another writing test. Results showed rejection of the first assumption, but affirmation of the second assumption. (Author/JM)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of South Carolina