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ERIC Number: ED146293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 45
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Dialectic and Socioeconomic Factors Affecting the Spelling Strategies of Second Grade Students.
Stever, Elizabeth
The purpose of this dissertation was to see if dialect and socioeconomic status affected the spelling strategies used by second grade children. A list of 18 low frequency words representing the lax and tense forms of a, e, and i were administered each month for five months. The spellings were assigned a score of 1-4 corresponding to the strategy level used. A factorial analysis of variance for repeated measures was performed to find the effect of dialect, socioeconomic status, time, vowel category, and exemplar on spelling strategies. The results of the analysis indicated that children did follow the sequential spelling patterns. It was found that children used different strategies concurrently for different types of words. Within word types the spelling level progressively increased for five out of the six categories. Dialect did not appear to relate to spelling level after pronounciation differences had been accounted for. Although high socioeconomic children scored higher than low socioeconomic children at all trials, this difference was not statistically significant. Several conclusions were drawn from these findings. Since dialect did not interfere with progression through the spelling levels, no special spelling instruction appears to be needed for children whose dialect differs from standard English. (Author/AM)
University Microfilms, Dissertation Copies, P.O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 77-149)
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