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ERIC Number: ED140611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Composition at the Middle Level of Elementary School. School Research Newsletter.
National Swedish Board of Education, Stockholm.
A group of about 200 students in Malmo, Sweden, was followed through three grades of elementary school (grades 4, 5, and 6) in order to observe the development of their composition writing skills. The project involved three problem areas. (1) "How does the written language develop and how is it viewed by judges?" The data gathered shows the changes which occurred in selected linguistic measurements. Productivity (length of essays, number of different words, etc.), which is an important sign of development, was found to have increased. It was also the characteristic to which observers attached the greatest importance. (2) "How can composition writing be stimulated?" Students were assigned essays, and the effects of the topics and certain instructions (about correct writing) on the children's creativity were analyzed. (3) "Do different student groups have different written language?" The differences between the sexes was greater in grade 6 than in grade 4. Girls were better than boys in all areas where the differences occurred. Girls were also far superior in terms of productivity. Differences between social classes were less pronounced. (CFM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Swedish Board of Education, Stockholm.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden