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ERIC Number: ED054180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 87
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The Effects of Manuscript-Cursive Combinations of Instructional Treatments on Spelling Achievement.
Bader, Lois Ann
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of four presentation-practice combinations of manuscript and cursive writing on the spelling achievement of fourth-grade subjects. Factors included in the investigation were initial spelling accuracy, visual memory and sex. The experimental subjects in the investigation were 120 fourth-grade students in public schools during the 1969-1970 school year. They were randomly assigned to four treatments (manuscript presentation, manuscript practice; cursive presentation, cursive practice; manuscript presentation, cursive practice; cursive presentation, manuscript practice) within each of five participating classrooms. The teachers pretested, administered treatments, and posttested. Subjects were assessed with regard to near-point visual ability and visual memory. Spelling achievement was measured by the number of words spelled correctly on the 25-word test constructed for the study; visual memory was measured by the "Visual Sequential Memory" subtest of the Illinois Test of Psycholinguistic Abilities. Four treatment sheets were designed with directions for study, a list of words to be studied, and lined space for the writing of words. Data were analyzed by an analysis of covariance. Results show that there were no differences in mean spelling gains among the groups. (Author/DB)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Maryland