Date of Award

5-1993

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

Hannu Laukkanen

Abstract

The Wold Sentence Copying Test (WSCT), was normed, for children grades 3-6, for both letter and number copying speed, and for the number of head/eye-movements used to complete both the letter and number sentence. Our study sample consisted of 18 third graders, 13 fourth graders, 17 fifth graders, 16 sixth graders. Results showed an overall significant difference for letter and number copying speed(p=.0001), and for head/eye-movements used while copying the letter sentence(p=.0022). The number of head/eye movements used to copy the number sentence decreased for every grade, but not significantly. For the letter sentence there is a significant difference between grades 3 vs. 5, 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5, and 4 vs. 6 copying speed, and a significant difference between grades 3 vs. 6 for head/eye-movements, as indicated by the Scheffe F-test. For the number sentence there is a significant difference between grades 3 vs. 5, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs. 6 for copying speed as indicated by the Scheffe F-test. Head/eye-movements show a decreasing trend as grade level increases. The correlation between letter copying speed and head/eye-movements showed an overall strong negative correlation of -.706. The correlation between number copying speed and head/eye-movements showed an overall healthy correlation of -.657.

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