In our reading for Jan. 18, from the book Teaching Grammar in Context, Constance Weaver summarizes a lot of research on the teaching of grammar. She (and many others) conclude that teaching traditional school grammar is not productive, and does not generally help students write or communicate more effectively.
In a comment to this post, outline just one of the debates that Weaver introduces (for instance, teaching transformational grammar vs. traditional school grammar) and share your thoughts on the debate. You MUST refer to at least one study or piece of research that she introduces (there are many to choose from, including Hillocks 1986, DeBoer 1959, Macauley 1947, McQuade 1980, etc.).
Your ~250 word comment is due Jan 18. (I’m giving a 1-day extension from the deadline listed in the syllabus because the reading wasn’t available to you until Friday, Jan 13.) The objective here is to have a conversation about the issues introduced by Weaver. That means that I don’t want to see a bunch of monologued, individual responses below. The best comments will refer to the text AND will reference ideas from earlier comments AND will add new information, rather than repeating what earlier commenters have said already.