ERIC Number: ED172283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Grammar: An Exploratory Study of Students' Attitudes toward the Shibboleth.
Stewart, Lea P.
Forty undergraduate students were subjects in a study to discover students' attitudes toward language and grammar and to determine how the demand for grammatical correctness affected them in preparing and delivering public speeches. The subjects each completed an 11-item interview schedule that elicited demographic information as well as feelings and opinions about grammar and public speaking. The results showed the following: students believed in the existence of a "correct grammar"; most students had been exposed to grammar drill in secondary school; most believed that good grammar was a mark of an educated person; most felt that constant monitoring of one's language leads to self-consciousness; many felt that good grammar would not necessarily increase someone's opinion of them but that bad grammar would definitely detract from someone's opinion of them, especially in job interviews; and a number of the students felt that teachers were purposely looking for mistakes in student work. (A copy of the interview schedule is appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 1-5, 1979)