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ERIC Number: ED112421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 73
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Sentence Combining: A Means of Increasing Reading Comprehension.
Hughes, Theone O.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether practice in transformational sentence combining will aid students' reading comprehension by giving them a large repetoire of syntactic constructions from which to draw when matching constructions contained in the materials they are expected to read. The first section of the document discusses the background of and need for the study, including the language processes (oral language, awareness of language structure, and syntactic maturity in written language) in relation to reading. Twenty-four seventh grade students were the subjects of this study, twelve for the experimental group and twelve for the control. Problems for sentence combining were constructed largely by the investigator, although in the beginning it was found that all students needed the preliminary models and exercises developed specifically for this research study. Some of the primary findings were that there appears to be a close link between a student's reading level and the same student's syntactic maturity level; that the greatest gains in reading comprehension from sentence combinings appeared to be from among the lower and middle groups of readers; and that experimental students made large gains in writing fluency. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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