ERIC Number: ED153240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
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Sentence-Combining and Syntactic Maturity in First Year University.
Stewart, M. F.
This study assessed the effect of six weeks of sentence-combining activities on the syntactic maturity of first-year university students. The Syntactic Maturity Test (SMT) and a free writing exercise were used as pre/post instruments to determine words-per-T-unit and words-per-clause ratios. Significant results favoring the experimental group were found for both measures on the SMT, and for words-per-T-unit on the free writing exercise. In every case, experimental groups registered improvement to levels well beyond those reported in previous studies of skilled adults. The comparatively large gains experienced by these students were interpreted as supporting the further development and testing of such curriculum materials for students of this age. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Report prepared at the University of New Brunswick, Canada