ERIC Number: ED097718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
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Language Parameters in Written Compositions of Nine Year Old Children.
Rubin, Rosalyn; Buium, Nissan
The purpose of this study was to develop a foundation for reliable and effective measurement of significant parameters in the development of written language skills in school age children. The subjects for the study were 25 nine-year-old children, 12 boys and 13 girls, who were randomly selected from among 1,559 participants. The findings indicated that: the "words per sentence" measure is relatively independent of language productivity, correctness of usage, abstractness, and vocabulary diversity; the "mean length of T-unit" is relatively independent of language productivity and correctness of usage; the "total T-unit" is independent of the "mean length of T-unit"; the "total T-unit" is negatively correlated with correctness of usage; "total words" and "total sentences" are very highly correlated, suggesting that they are equivalent as expressions of productivity; and "total words" and "total sentences" correlate highly with errors of punctuation and addition, vocabulary diversity, and abstractness. Recommendations for the development of a Written Language Profile (WLP) are made on the basis of these findings. (RB)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, Language Acquisition, Language Arts, Language Skills, Measurement Instruments, Writing (Composition), Writing Skills, Written Language
Educational Follow-Up Study, 5 Pattee Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 (Write for price)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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