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The effect of grammar teaching on writing development

Andrews, R., Torgerson, C., Beverton, S., Freeman, A., Locke, T., Low, G., Robinson, A. and Zhu, D. (2006) The effect of grammar teaching on writing development. British Educational Research Journal, 32 (1). pp. 39-55. ISSN 0141-1926

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This article reports on the results of two international systematic research reviews which focus on different aspects of teaching grammar to improve the quality and accuracy of 5-16-year-olds' writing in English. The results show that there is little evidence to indicate that the teaching of formal grammar is effective; and that teaching sentence-combining has a more positive effect. In both cases, however, despite over a hundred years of research and debate on the topic, there is insufficient quality of research to prove the case with either approach. More research is needed, as well as a review of policy and practice in England with regard to the teaching of sentence structure in writing.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Institute for Effective Education (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2009 14:51
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2009 14:51
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920500401997
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/01411920500401997
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5733

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