The effect of grammar teaching on writing development

Richard Andrews, Carole Torgerson, Sue Beverton, Allison Freeman, Terry Locke, Graham Low, Alison Robinson, Die Zhu

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-55
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

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