ERIC Number: ED186921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Sentence Combining Over a Three-Year Period: A Case Study.
The case study described in this paper supports the premise that sentence combining exercises do more to improve student writing than simply producing longer sentences. Following a brief description of a longitudinal study that involved college freshmen in 15 weeks of sentence combining exercises, the paper focuses on the changing characteristics of the writing of one student over a three year period and analyzes writing samples that the student produced before the 15 week sentence combining practice, immediately after the practice, and two and one-half years later in a delayed posttest administered during the student's junior year. Improvements were noted in the delayed posttest in the following areas: mature syntax, controlled style, developed paragraphs, analytic organization, and supporting details. Also discussed are the student's comparative scores on both holistic and analytic rating scales. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).