Understanding Chinese children's complex writing: Global ratings and lower-level mechanical errors

Xiuhong TONG, Jianhong MO, Hua SHU, Yuping ZHANG, Shingfong CHAN, Catherine MCBRIDE-CHANG

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Abstract

In the present study, we compared models of overall writing quality, in addition to differences in grammatical usage in this writing, between children from Beijing and Hong Kong societies. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) resulted in a five-element scoring system used to tap overall writing quality in the Beijing sample. In addition, Beijing and Hong Kong children showed certain differences in mechanical errors in their writings. For example, Beijing children exhibited fewer errors in word order and misnomers than did Hong Kong children, but Hong Kong children performed better in punctuation usage than Beijing children. Overall, the present study highlighted some patterns in overall writing quality and also common mechanical errors in Chinese writing among Chinese children. Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-229
JournalWriting Systems Research
Volume6
Issue number2
Early online date23 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Citation

Tong, X., Mo, J., Shu, H., Zhang, Y., Chan, S., & McBride-Chang, C. (2014). Understanding Chinese children's complex writing: Global ratings and lower-level mechanical errors. Writing Systems Research, 6(2), 215-229. doi: 10.1080/17586801.2013.873707

Keywords

  • Writing quality
  • Grammar
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong

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