ERIC Number: ED137839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
A Developmental Study of Children's Ability to Abstract Spelling Patterns.
Schwartz, Sybil; Doehring, Donald G.
Twenty good spellers and 20 poor spellers at each grade level from two to five participated in a study of morphological and orthographic spelling pattern abstraction. Subjects completed a multiple choice test of nonsense words, a multiple choice test of real words, and a dictation test of nonsense words. Both groups showed developmental trends in pattern abstraction on all tests. Good spellers were about two years ahead of poor spellers in pattern acquisition. On the nonsense-words tests, good spellers performed better on orthographic than on morphological patterns, while the reverse was true for poor spellers. The findings were interpreted as indicating that pattern abstraction occurs as part of spelling acquisition. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Study prepared at McGill University