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ERIC Number: ED141753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 104
Abstractor: N/A
A Comparison of the Comprehension of Syntax in Spoken Language by Poor and Average Pre-Readers in First Grade and by Poor and Average Readers in Second Grade.
Falk, Joy Wollin
The purpose of this investigation was to examine syntax comprehension by poor and average prereaders in first grade and poor and average readers in second grade, to determine whether a relationship exists between reading ability or reading readiness and comprehension of syntax. Subjects were 55 first-grade children and 56 second-grade children of average or better intelligence, measured by the Goodenough-Harris Drawing Test. In October 1975, each child was individually tested on the Primary English Sentence Test--23 randomly ordered statements of varying syntactic complexity and 46 questions, 2 questions relating to each statement. Results showed a significant difference, in the comprehension of oral syntax, between average and poor readers in second grade, between average first-grade prereaders and average second-grade readers, and between poor first-grade prereaders and average second-grade readers. There was no significant difference between average and poor first-grade prereaders, between average first-grade prereaders and poor second-grade readers, and between poor first-grade prereaders and poor second-grade readers. Young children's tendency to personalize answers was the most conspicuous factor that emerged from the testing. (Author/JM)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Hofstra University