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The effect of grammar teaching on writing development

Andrews, Richard and Torgerson, C and Beverton, S and Freeman, A and Locke, T and Low, G and Robinson, A and Zhu, D (2006) The effect of grammar teaching on writing development. British Educational Research Journal, 32 (1). pp. 39-55. ISSN 0141-1926

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Additional Information: Team-based systematic review in language education by English Review Group (Andrews contribution 35%; co-director of English Review Group). Based on two EPPI-Centre systematic reviews of 100 years of research, this is the summary critical account of the largest and most thorough review of research in the field to date. Project funded by DfES (£23K). Establishes that there is no evidence to show that fomral teaching of grammar is effective in improving writing quality or accuracy for 5 - 16 year olds; proves that more practical methods, e.g. sentence-combining can be effective. This significant result caused national and international controversy (e.g. Newsnight interview). Provides foundation for all future research on the topic. Impact on eclectic teaching of grammar within National Curriculum not yet fully acknowledged. Has informed debate at English Board (DfES) on a new approach to improving writing. Work currently underway to undertake further primary and secondary research studies (with Wyse, Cambridge), and follow-up chapter commissioned for new Springer (berlin) collection.
Controlled Keywords: English , Curriculum development
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2010 11:04
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:58
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/922

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