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ERIC Number: ED041889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 87
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A Survey of Opinions about English Usage Held by Secondary Language Arts Teachers.
McKeown, Loren Ferris
To determine the influences of college work in English, of teaching assignment, of size of community, and of teaching experience upon opinions about the authority for standards of English usage, secondary English teachers in Oklahoma ranked items of usage as formal written or spoken, informal written or spoken, or uncultivated or illiterate English. Each item was presented in both a formal and an informal sentence to ascertain the effect of context upon judgments. Total scores derived from usage rankings were compared with responses to both conservative and liberal statements about usage standards. Findings indicated no significant differences between college work in English and teaching assignments, and opinions about standards of usage; but significant relationships existed between teaching assignment in small communities and experience over 20 years, and conservative usage opinions; and between teaching assignment in cities for under 10 years and acceptance of a liberal point of view. All subjects ranked items at more demanding usage levels in more formal sentences. No significant relationship was indicated between rankings of usage items and responses to conservative and liberal statements about usage. (Author/JMC)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University