ERIC Number: ED090958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Stanwix House Vocabulary Study: Past Tense Verbs. Observational Report Number 7228.
Kessler, Jaffa; Bond, Jack H.
Research attempted to determine the appropriate level of the past tense of verbs classified in the Functional Basic Word List for Special Pupils (Stanwix House List). The subjects were primary level educable mentally handicapped (EMH) children. Eight verbs were selected from each of groups A, B, and C of level 1 of the Stanwix House List. Results of individually administered recognition procedures indicated that EMH children of primary level use the past tense at or near the level established for the present tense. The data also disclosed significant racial differences with regard to past tense usage, for black subjects tended not to pronounce the final--ed of the past tense, although they were able to conceptualize the meaning of the past tense. Additional research should: 1) focus on children of lower mental age to see if the present and past are equally recognized; 2) determine if subjects visually associate the present and past tense forms of a verb; and 3) further investigate the racial differences in past tense usage. This research is part of the Computer Based Project for the Evaluation of Media program to develop an instrument to analyze the vocabulary level of films and test items presented to EMH students. (Author/PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Media Services and Captioned Films Branch.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse City School District, NY.