ERIC Number: ED117648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Language: A Study of Fundamental Skills. No. 108.
Wright, E. N.; Reich, C. M.
During the school year 1971-72, a study of language skills was conducted in the city of Toronto, Ontario. Scores on the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test were analyzed for many students in grades four, six, eight, and nine. Students scored at grade level with reference to the United States norms of this test. The vocabulary and reading subsections of the Canadian Tests of Basic Skills were also administered to groups of students in grades four, six, and eight in order to compare the two tests. The relative performance of students on this test was similar to performance on the Gates-MacGinitie; however, the scores were several months lower. A questionnaire was administered to a sample of sixth graders concerning their reading activities and their parents' reading activities. In general, the sixth graders reported that they and their parents engaged in many reading activities. The favorite themes of the children were mystery, adventure, and horror. Analysis of compositions collected from a sample of eighth graders showed that most of the students can write a coherent narrative of acceptable prose. Parents' occupation was found to be related to all three measures of language ability, with higher occupational status being associated with higher scores. (MKM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toronto Board of Education (Ontario). Research Dept.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Toronto)