Misconceptions and difficulties in the acquisition of metalinguistic knowledge.

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Misconceptions and difficulties in the acquisition of metalinguistic knowledge.

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dc.contributor.author Myhill, Debra en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2007-12-15T18:02:04Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:51:58Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:42:53Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This paper describes the outcomes of an investigation into the misconceptions and difficulties encountered when learning grammar. The study is based on evidence collected from a class of twelve-year-olds who were engaged upon a workscheme focusingon grammar,andtwocohorts of PGCE Englishstudents undertakingan intensive grammar course. The analysis suggests that learning metalinguistic knowledge can be made problematic for several reasons. Firstly, learning is confounded by the acquired misconceptions which learners bring with them, often misconceptions created by teachers and textbooks. Secondly, there are specific characteristics of English grammar which cause confusion, particularly the mobility of word class. Finally, the process of acquiring metalinguistic knowledge can be hampered by cognitive difficulties relatedto the conceptual demands of grammar, the transfer of learning from passive to active understanding, and the patterns of inter-connected learning in grammar. The paper suggests that toomuch professional energy has been attributed to the debate about whether grammar should be taught or not, whilst insufficient research resource has been allocate to investigating how pupils learn. The findings point to a need for development of metalinguistic subject knowledge in teachers and for further research on pupil acquisition of metalinguistic knowledge. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Language and Education, Volume 14, Issue 3 October 2000 , pages 151-163 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/09500780008666787 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/15273 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Multilingual Matters en_GB
dc.subject grammar en_GB
dc.subject metalinguistic knowledge en_GB
dc.title Misconceptions and difficulties in the acquisition of metalinguistic knowledge. en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2007-12-15T18:02:04Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:51:58Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:42:53Z
dc.identifier.issn 0950 0782 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Language and Education en_GB


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