This Handbook critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact writing development from the early years through to adulthood. It provides those researching or teaching literacy with one of the most academically authoritative and comprehensive works in the field. With expert contributors from across the world, the book represents a detailed and valuable overview of a complex area of study.

Grammar and Writing – the International Debate

Grammar and Writing – the International Debate

Grammar and writing – the international debate


As a way of framing the debate, let me start with an actual instance (Elley et al., 1979), a controlled trial that was conducted in New Zealand around 30 years ago. This study was one of the three deemed to be high, high/ medium, or medium/high in quality in a systematic review undertaken in 2004 by an English Review Group (of which I was a member) based at the University of York and in association with the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) of the University of London (Andrews et al., 2006).1 The research question for this review was: ‘What is the effect of grammar teaching in English ...

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