Changing Standards? Children's awareness and knowledge of features of written standard English at ages 10-11
Lockwood, M. (2006) Changing Standards? Children's awareness and knowledge of features of written standard English at ages 10-11. Changing English, 13 (1). pp. 17-28. ISSN 1358-684X
To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/13586840500523455
This paper reports the findings of a small-scale research project, which investigated the levels of awareness and knowledge of written standard English of 10- and 11-year-old children in two English primary schools over a six-year period, coinciding with the implementation in the schools of the National Literacy Strategy (NLS). A questionnaire was used to provide quantitative and qualitative data relating to: features of writing which were recognised as standard or non-standard; children's understanding of technical terminology; variations between boys' and girls' performance; and the impact of the NLS over time. The findings reveal variations in levels of recognition of different non-standard features, differences between girls' and boys' recognition, possible examples of language change, but no evidence of a positive impact of the NLS. The implications of these findings are discussed both in terms of changes in educational standards and changes to standard English.