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Title: Transfer and articulation : tracing metalinguistic development in Year 8 writers
Author: Morgan, Sharon
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2018
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Through the use of action research methodology, this exploratory study examines the relationship between explicit grammar teaching and the development of year 8 students’ metalinguistic knowledge. The research particularly focuses on exploring the transfer of new grammatical knowledge into the students’ own writing, as well as charting their abilities to articulate the design decisions underpinning their linguistic choices. Throughout the research, students were encouraged to employ a range of supportive self-regulation strategies to meet the cognitive demands of writing. The research was conducted over one academic year and involved three different teaching and reflection cycles. Three students, with differing attainment levels, were selected at the start of the research process to be case studies. Their written work was analysed at five different points during the year: a pre-test writing assessment; a post teaching test assessment and after each of the three teaching cycles. Students were also encouraged to write reflective commentaries outlining their linguistic and grammatical choices. These data sets were complemented by the addition of case study participant interviews which were conducted within a few weeks of completing their written assessments. Both the commentaries and interviews were used to elicit students’ metalinguistic reflections regarding their written texts and the writing process as a whole. This data was inductively coded and analysed in order to identify patterns in students’ reflections. The findings are presented in case study form, highlighting individual student’s transfer and articulation of their new grammatical knowledge. This study reinforces recent research into the complexities associated with bridging the gap between grammar transfer and grammar articulation and therefore contributes to the growing body of research in this area.
Supervisor: Myhill, Debra ; Watson, Annabel Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: metalinguistic knowledge ; grammar ; year 8 ; self-regulation ; writing ; action research