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ERIC Number: ED113753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 255
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A Study of the Handling of Verbal Nonstandard Grammar by English Teachers in an Innercity Secondary School.
Schwartz, Ruth Roth
The purposes of this study were to identify the attitudes and behavior of teachers in an innercity secondary school toward language in general and nonstandard grammar in particular. Responses of the 18 member English department to a content-specific questionnaire and videotapes of 12 English classes, representing a sample of all grades and tracks within the school, served as the sources of information for the study. The teachers studied appeared to be more expanding in their attitudes than in their behavior. They expressed acceptance of dialectical differences, recognized the role of context as a major determinant of standard usage, and were somewhat aware of distinctive black speech patterns. They did not correct students' verbal errors in class as a general practice. They did, however, correct written work to conform to standard usage, and the integral relationship between academic achievement and standard usage was noted as a continuing pervasive influence on secondary school English teaching. It was suggested that the language systems of teachers and students be overtly identified and utilized to begin an inquiry into language and its effect on each classroom participant. (Author/LL)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Columbia University