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ERIC Number: EJ1213980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
The Effects of a Functional Linguistics-Based Course on Teachers' Beliefs about Grammar
Swierzbin, Bonnie; Reimer, Julia
Language Awareness, v28 n1 p31-48 2019
This mixed-methods study uses concept maps to investigate the effects of an English pedagogical grammar course on the beliefs of teachers-in-training (n = 40) enrolled over a 2-year period at a private university in the U.S. Midwest. The course takes a functional approach to grammar based on systemic-functional linguistics and is typically the first exposure to functional grammar that these teachers-in-training experience with either their own language learning or prior coursework. As a result, this study was designed to explore the extent to which participants integrate this approach with their pre-course beliefs. Analysis of participants' pre-course concept maps indicates that they mainly believe grammar to consist of structures at the word and morpheme levels. Quantitative comparisons of pre- and post-course concept maps reveal that this belief continues to hold even as participants show much growth in knowledge about grammar at the sentence and discourse levels. An in-depth qualitative analysis of maps from a subset of participants (n = 7) shows that only two substantially shifted their beliefs about teaching grammar functionally. The findings have practical implications for course design and overall programme design in language teacher education programmes.
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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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