Friday, July 6, 2012

Basic Grammar and Academic Improvement


Question: What effect does a course in basic grammar have on academic improvement?

Answer: “Concluded that the teaching of basic grammar as a remedial device did not produce significant improvement in English I as measured by grade point average, nor did it improve students’ academic performance in six selected subject areas of later study as measured by grade point average.” DF Lovejoy. 1974. P. 418.

Comment: Set up grammar as a straw man. Why would improvement in basic grammar improve over-all academic performance in any subject? Courses are not measured by grammar alone. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English: January 1, 1974 to June 30, 1974.” Daniel J Dieterich. Research in the Teaching of English (Winter 1974), 396-422.

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