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ERIC Number: ED134959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 131
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The Readability of Grammatical Patterns for Black Inner City First Graders.
Scott, Jerrie Cobb
This study addressed the following three questions: Among the grammatical patterns that first graders are expected to be able to read, are there any which are particularly easy or particularly difficult to interpret? Can these grammatical patterns be mastered with equal ease by students of varying reading ability? Do these grammatical patterns elicit similar responses when presented in a standard dialect and when presented in black dialect? Data were collected from the responses of 40 black first graders (20 high-ability and 20 low-ability readers) on an original sentence-comprehension test. This test consisted of 174 sentences, of which, 138 were written in standard dialect and 36 were written in black dialect. Each sentence contained an open frame which required a noun filler; students were instructed to select one of four words to complete the sentence. Results indicated that some grammatical patterns were more easily mastered than others and that students with varying abilities did respond in slightly different ways to the structural elements of the grammatical patterns assessed. Patterns presented in black dialect usually were not more easily read than those presented in standard dialect; for high-ability readers, reading ease was comparable for both dialects. (Author/KS)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Michigan