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ERIC Number: ED157077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 27
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Sentence-Combining and College Composition.
Swan, M. Beverly
In order to study the complexity of sentence combining in college students, 32 students from five basic composition courses were asked to perform three writing tasks at three distinct times during the eight-week instructional period. Each student was asked to rewrite a passage of kernel sentences, to write a composition in the argumentative mode, and to rewrite the composition done in the argumentative mode. These three tasks were performed at the beginning of the course, eight weeks into the course, and at the end of the course, so that the researcher had nine samples of each student's writing. The syntactic development of the students' writing was measured using words per T-unit and words per clause. No significant changes were reflected at the T-unit level. A significant difference was found between the testings at the words per clause level. The change between the draft and the editing was not significant when the T-unit and clause lengths were used as criteria for change. It can be concluded that changes in syntactic complexity take place gradually, since the difference at the eight-week tests was not significant. (JF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Research prepared at the University of Rhode Island