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ERIC Number: ED057033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 142
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An Investigation of the Effects of Instruction in General Semantics on the Critical Writing and Critical Thinking Achievement of Tenth-Grade Students.
West, Gail Booker
The purposes of this investigation were: (1) to analyze the critical writing achievement and the critical thinking achievement of groups of students of various abilities who received instruction in general semantics with similar groups of students who did not, (2) to determine if instruction in general semantics was equally effective for all ability levels, and (3) to measure the degree of relationship existing between achievement in critical writing and ability in critical thinking. The investigation was conducted in nine tenth-grade English classes for 12 weeks. The experimental teachers used semantics materials based primarily on a unit developed at the Florida State University Curriculum Study Center, whereas placebo teachers used a thematic literature unit. The control teachers used conventional materials. Scores from two writing samples were averaged for a mean pretest score, used as a measure of critical writing ability. Scores from two writing samples were averaged for a mean posttest score, used as a measure of critical writing achievement. A multiple linear regression technique was used to analyze the data. Conclusions are: (1) There is no assurance that instruction in general semantics is any more effective than traditional methods or materials in improving critical writing or thinking achievement; (2) There is no indication that instruction in general semantics is more effective for one ability level than for another; (3) Critical thinking seems to be a good predictor of critical writing achievement. (Author/CK)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Florida State University