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'I learned grammar through copying off the board': A study into pre-service teachers' knowledge about language

Harper, Helen and Rennie, Jennifer (2005). 'I learned grammar through copying off the board': A study into pre-service teachers' knowledge about language. In: Cooper, Maxine 33rd Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Qld, 6-9 July 2005.

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Author Harper, Helen
Rennie, Jennifer
Title 'I learned grammar through copying off the board': A study into pre-service teachers' knowledge about language
Conference Name 33rd Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association
Conference Location Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Qld
Conference Dates 6-9 July 2005
Conference Publication Title Teacher education : local and global : proceedings of the 33rd Annual Australian Teacher Education Association Conference
Editor Cooper, Maxine
Place of Publication Brisbane
Publisher Centre for Professional Development, Griffith University
Publication Year 2005
ISBN 1-920952-38-1   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 207
End Page 213
Total Pages 8
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Nationally, inquiries into teacher education and literacy have highlighted concerns about the preparedness of teachers to teach literacy effectively. In the international literature, 'knowledge about language' has been identified as an important factor in successful literacy teaching. This paper reports on a qualitative study which investigated pre-service teachers 'knowledge about language'. In general participants in this study found it difficult to analyse language because they were only able to articulate their understandings about language at a semantic level. Participants' responses were characterised by a decontextualised approach to and prescriptive beliefs about grammar. The study supports a need for further research in this area focusing on a better understanding of the relationship between approaches used to teach 'knowledge about language' and students' ability to apply, use and analyse this knowledge in meaningful ways.
 
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