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ERIC Number: ED085706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 114
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Development of Competence in Spelling: A Linguistic Analysis.
Frost, James Andrew
This study investigated the developmental nature of linguistic knowledge revealed in children's spelling. Five groups of children from middle to upper income families in grades 2, 4, 6, 9, and 12 were selected as subjects. It was assumed that linguistic resourcefulness changes as a result of formal schooling and that spelling errors would represent the child's misjudgments, having searched through his linguistic store of facts regarding the nature of words. It was revealed that fewer errors are made as the child progresses through school, and such subtleties as vowel allophones and alternations of letters by position are learned by the twelfth grade. Second graders render more unrecognizable words, make more substitutions, and make more errors than children at any other grade level. Fourth and six graders show transition to the competence of the ninth and twelfth graders. (Author/HOD)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Case Western Reserve University