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dc.contributor.advisorWhited, Frances Moroney
dc.contributor.authorBartholomay, Mary Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-07T22:06:36Z
dc.date.available2021-09-07T22:06:36Z
dc.date.issued5/1/1982
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/6114
dc.description.abstractSince the early 1900's reading theorists have agreed that the understanding of various syntactic relationships does play a role in reading comprehension. This study attempted to investigate the effect of specific syntactic manipulation (verb) on the reading comprehension of intermediate and junior high school students. Each group was divided into good or poor readers based on results of the Stanford Achievement Test. Both good and poor readers were equal in vocabulary ability and differed only in their comprehension. A researcher-designed oral reading task consisting of specially constructed sentence trios was administered to each student. The trios consisted of a syntactically and semantically correct sentence, a sentence which was syntactically correct but semantically incorrect and a totally disruptive sentence. As each student read a total of 15 sentences, an error count (omissions, substitutions, insertions and repetitions) was tabulated. The results of the study demonstrated that the poor readers in grade four made significantly more errors than the good readers for the totally disruptive sentences. There was no significant difference found for individual sentence types between the good and poor eighth grade readers, When comparing only the poor readers from both grades, the fourth grade students made significantly more errors for each sentence type than did the eighth grade students. Comparison of all students from both grades revealed the fourth grade students made significantly more errors than the eighth graders for two sentence types and total sentences read.
dc.subjectReading Comprehension
dc.subjectSyntactic Manipulation
dc.subjectVocabulary Ability
dc.subjectSemantics
dc.subjectDisruptive Sentence
dc.titleAn Investigation into the Effects of Syntactic Manipulation on the Reading Comprehension of Students at Two Grade Levels
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refterms.dateFOA2021-09-07T22:06:36Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.description.departmentEducation and Human Development
dc.description.degreelevelMaster of Science in Education (MSEd)
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.description.publicationtitleEducation and Human Development Master's Theses
dc.contributor.organizationThe College at Brockport
dc.languate.isoen_US


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