Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Frank H. Gorman
"Of all the phases of language instruction, that devoted to correct usage is possible the least successful." It has been found that errors that were in the children's speech when they entered school tend to persist in spite of the fact that most or all of these errors have repeatedly been the subject of correct-usage lessons year after year. English usage is under fire of critics who question the functions that the schools are now performing. The intermediate department of the school system, particularly the sixth grade, is highly challenged in this respect. It was the purpose of this study to test a cross section of the sixth grades in the Omaha Public Schools in order to compare achievement in correct word usage (1) in relation to the general economic states; (2) in relation to the sex; (3) in order to locate any areas of difficulty for this age and grade level; and (4) to find the areas, if any, in which reteaching would ne profitable.
Gallup, Mary Lou, "A Study of Word Usage in the Sixth Grades of the Omaha Public schools" (1956). Student Work. 2459.
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