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ERIC Number: ED079695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Pages: 11
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Study of Language Competency of Black, Inner-City High, Average and Low Readers.
Deffenbaugh, Sue A.
This study explored whether statistically significant differences exist between the (1) grammatical structures produced by high, average, and low black, inner-city elementary readers as measured by a language competency task; and (2) whether statistically significant interactions occur between reading achievement levels and the age of the child, the sex of the child, and measures of grammatical structures in a language competency task. Interviews were conducted with 87 black, inner-city children, ages nine through thirteen, in nongraded classrooms. Some of the findings were that (1) the great majority of the subjects' errors corresponded to black dialect grammatical features; (2) the high readers consistently made fewer errors than the average or poor readers; (3) in all groups there were some subjects who did poorly; (4) all measures of the ability to formulate Standard English morphological structures showed significant differences among the three levels of reading achievement; and (5) the ability to produce Standard English grammatical constructions on demand is highly related to reading achievement level and may predict reading achievement. (DI)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Assn. (New Orleans, February 25-March 1, 1973)