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Research survey re English teacher knowledge about language

Posted by Garry Collins, ETAQ President on 12 March 2014
  • The message below is about an important research project relevant to contemporary English teaching.
  • ETAQ members are strongly urged to participate in the survey.

A national survey for English teachers of their knowledge about language

No one doubts that teachers of English need to know how language works and to teach this to their students. Benchmarking teacher knowledge and know-how is crucial if we are to provide build a strong knowledge base in the profession, including English, literacy and EAL/D teachers. The problem is that we don’t know enough yet about what teachers know about language; nor do we know what kinds of professional support teachers need if they are to build students’ language knowledge in coherent and cumulative ways through the years of school English.

Mary Macken-Horarik of the University of New England, in collaboration with Kristina Love, Len Unsworth and Carmel Sandiford of the Australian Catholic University, have developed a short online survey designed to help appreciate what understandings teachers have about language (including grammar). It is part of a large-scale project investigating grammar and praxis in 21st century school English and has been funded by the Australian Research Council from 2011-2014 (DP110104309).

The online survey is open from Monday March 17 until Friday 16 May 2014. It is covered by ethical clearance at UNE (HE11/062) and should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. All responses will remain anonymous but our findings will be shared with colleagues through professional associations like PETAA, ALEA and AATE (and state affiliates). If you have any questions about it, please feel free to contact Mary Macken-Horarik (02 6773-3562), Len Unsworth and Kristina Love (03 9953 3507) or Carmel Sandiford (03 9953 3573).

Click on this link to find out more about the larger grammar and praxis project and then to do the survey:

http://www.une.edu.au/about-une/academic-schools/school-of-education/research/arc-funded-projects#item0

Author: Garry Collins, ETAQ President
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