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Formal English Grammar as a Discipline: Part IV


by Thomas H. Briggs 1913

In order that some data might be obtained regarding the effect of grammar, formal and informal, as it is ordinarily taught, the tests previously described were given to pupils in five public schools in Illinois. These towns were selected so as to afford as fair contrasts as possible. According to general tradition and statements by the respective superintendents, schools A and C emphasize formal grammar in Grade VII; schools B and D do not. There is no information in possession of the experimenter as to exactly what grammar is taught in each school; it is probable that the difference between the kinds is largely a matter of emphasis. These schools and that according to general understanding they represent schools that emphasize different types of grammar. No attempt was made to compare with any scientific exactness pupils, teachers, courses of study, or any other elements involved. The situation was taken as it was found.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 14 Number 4, 1913, p. 72-93
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10201, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 11:59:51 AM

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