ERIC Number: ED143030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Misspellings of Children in the Middle Grades. Report No. 29.
Fisher, Carol J.; Studier, Catherine E.
A sample of 500 misspelled words was drawn from compositions written by students in third, fourth, and fifth grade. Errors were analyzed to indicate the type of misspellings that occur in writing connected discourse, to identify phonemes that cause particular spelling problems, and to identify typical error patterns. Results indicated that most of the errors were not random letter choices: only 28% of the errors were classified as unrecognizable. Two vowel phonemes caused problems out of proportion to the frequency of use and the regularity of their spelling; these were the long "e" and the short "e." The vowel phoneme that caused the most overall difficulty was the schwa, alone and in combination with "r." Other problems included not knowing when to use a diacritic (silent) "e" to end a word, and being unsure about when to double letters. (AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Language Education.