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ERIC Number: EJ847262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
Grammar in New Zealand Schools: Two Case Studies
Gordon, Elizabeth
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v4 n3 p48-68 Dec 2005
This paper describes two attempts to introduce grammar teaching into New Zealand schools. The first case study describes the work of the 6th and 7th form English Syllabus Committee in the 1980s which proposed the uniquely New Zealand solution of using examples from Maori as well as from English to demonstrate grammatical points. The response to this proposal shows the powerful influence of the social and political context of the time. The second case study is the Exploring Language project, a government funded initiative in the 1990s, designed to teach teachers about grammar. The objectives and processes involved in writing grammar for teachers are described and questions are raised about assessing the impact of such an initiative and its sustainability once government funding ceases. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research, University of Waikato. PB 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Tel: +64-7-858-5171; Fax: +64-7-838-4712; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand