If you ever need an argument on why it is harmful to focus on mechanics in student writing…Posted: August 28, 2013
From George Hillocks 2005, “At Last: The Focus on Form Vs. Content in Teaching Writing,” Research in the Teaching of English 40 (2) (November 1): 238–248. doi:10.2307/40171704.
Based on a review of “500 quasi-experimental studies of writing instruction between 1963 and 1983″ concentrating on those with strong research design.