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ERIC Number: EJ847263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
Knowledge about the Teaching of [Sentence] Grammar: The State of Play
Andrews, Richard
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v4 n3 p69-76 Dec 2005
Following the publication of an article summarising two systematic reviews on whether the teaching of grammar is effective in improving 5-16 year olds' writing (Andrews et al, 2006), the present article reflects on the relationship between knowledge about language and knowledge about grammar. It argues that there is no evidence for the assumption made by policy-makers and researchers in the UK that knowledge about grammar is a useful tool in helping school pupils to write more fluently and accurately. More research is needed to determine which approaches to sentence construction are effective in helping pupils in these respects; and there is an urgent need for curriculum reform on this topic. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)