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ERIC Number: ED080995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 175
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An Assessment of the Ability to Manipulate Syntactic Structures As Described by Transformational Grammar Theory.
Hart, Margaret Murlee Shaw
In order to discern whether sixth grade students with differing levels of reading achievement (as measured by the Paragraph Meaning subtest of the Stanford Achievement Test) also differed in the level of syntactic maturity evidenced in their response to a sentence combining task, a syntactic structure inventory of eight sentence-combining stimulus items was administered to 64 sixth grade subjects of diverse ethnic origin who had a third grade reading level. None of the subjects had received previous classroom instruction based on transformational grammar theory. Scores indicated students' reading comprehension scores were related to the ability to produce sentences that carry the information load of several kernel sentences. Controlled experimentation was indicated in order to determine whether direct instruction in the synthesis and analysis of transformed sentences would improve the level of reading comprehension. (Author/HOD)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Achievement Tests