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ERIC Number: ED048300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 115
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A Study of the Use of the Tape Recorder as an Aid to Written Composition at the Sixth-Grade Level.
Zanotti, Robert James
To assess the effectiveness of an approach to writing designed to capitalize on the relationship between oral and written composition, 60 sixth graders used tape recorders during the pre-writing period to organize and then play back their ideas, while a second group of 60 sixth graders used a more conventional composition approach and recorded only their finished compositions. Two compositions were written by each subject before the study, and language scores from the Stanford Achievement Test were compared with two highly rated post-test compositions. The final compositions were also evaluated for a rank score, a rating score, scores for the number of words written, the average T-Unit length, and the average clause length. The factors of treatment, sex, and class were considered in the analysis. The results indicated that the use of tape recorders during the pre-writing period appeared to be somewhat beneficial in helping children write compositions. Contrary to popular belief, male students did as well as female students, suggesting that the tape recorders aided males more than females. In addition, the experimental group clearly wrote significantly longer compositions than did the control group. (Author/MF)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo