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ERIC Number: EJ1076386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
What Benefits Can Be Derived from Teaching Knowledge about Language to Preservice Teachers?
Carey, Michael D.; Christie, Michael; Grainger, Peter
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v40 n9 Article 2 Sep 2014
This paper evaluates the validity of teaching English grammar to preservice teachers in a teacher education course at a regional university. The course was delivered in blended mode using the grammar component of My Writing Lab Global (MWLG) and face-to-face instruction. The aim of this study was to establish if there are benefits to derive from teaching knowledge about language (KAL) to preservice teachers. Our quasi-experimental study found MWLG was well-received by participants who believed it had improved their KAL; this improvement was confirmed by 10% improvement on a pre and post KAL test (p < 0.001). MWLG scores and the KAL test also reliably predicted other academic competencies: the students' accumulated GPA and their final written assessment scores for the course (r= 0.4 to 0.54; p < 0.01). Collectively, these findings suggest that explicit KAL is valued and valid knowledge and should be included in teacher education programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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