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ERIC Number: ED108223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 187
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Systematic Instruction in Proofreading for Spelling and Its Effects on Fourth and Sixth Grade Composition.
McElwee, Gregory William
The purpose of this study was to determine whether a program of systematic instruction in proofreading would increase: (a) the accuracy of spelling, (b) the gross number of words used, and (c) the number of different words used in original compositions by fourth- and sixth-grade children. In addition, performance was examined in relation to family income as a measure of socioeconomic level. The research was conducted in 12 Milwaukee public elementary schools, using a total of 721 students from 12 fourth-grade and 12 sixth-grade classrooms. The principal findings were as follows: fourth-grade students who received instruction in proofreading techniques made significantly fewer spelling errors than those who did not; no significant differences in the number of spelling errors were found among sixth-grade students who received instruction in proofreading techniques and those who did not; no significant differences in the number of running words produced and the number of different words used were found among fourth- and sixth-grade students who received instruction in proofreading and those who did not; and no significant differences were found among fourth- and sixth-grade students that could be attributed to income group membership. (Author/TS)
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