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ERIC Number: ED016638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Pages: 10
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WHAT WE SHOULD TEACH.
GOODENOUGH, WARWICK
EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH INDICATES THAT MANY TRADITIONAL ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT WHAT OUGHT TO BE INCLUDED IN ENGLISH SYLLABI AND HOW ENGLISH SHOULD BE TAUGHT ARE INVALID. BUT MOST EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH OF TODAY IN INTUITIVE AND UNSCIENTIFIC BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO ANSWER THE BASIC QUESTIONS OF HOW THE BRAIN LEARNS, THINKS, AND REMEMBERS, PARTICULARLY IN REFERENCE TO LANGUAGE AND THE FORMATION OF ATTITUDES. ONLY WHEN THESE QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED WILL WE BE ABLE TO PRODUCE SYLLABI THAT CAN BE DEFENDED BY FACT UNDER RIGID SCRUTINY. UNTIL THEN AND ESPECIALLY WHEN THAT TIME COMES, TEACHERS THEMSELVES ARE IN THE BEST POSITION TO KNOW THE NEEDS OF THEIR STUDENTS AND TO DESIGN SYLLABI TO MEET THOSE NEEDS. EVEN NOW, ALL THE ELEMENTS OF THOROUGHLY DESIGNED THOUGH UNSCIENTIFIC COURSES OF STUDY CAN BE STATED IN CLEAR AND PRECISE DETAIL, AND MORE COMMUNICATION OF THIS NATURE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED BY STATE ASSOCIATIONS, JOURNALS, AND THE AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH. ALSO NEEDED TODAY IS THE INCLUSION IN ENGLISH COURSES OF MORE LITERATURE OF CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE. IF WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO KNOW THE PROBLEMS THEY WILL HAVE TO SOLVE WHEN THEY LEAVE SCHOOL, WE MUST ENCOURAGE THEM TO READ LITERATURE WHICH FACES THE PRESENT AND FUTURE, AS WELL AS THE MONUMENTAL WORKS WHICH ARE PART OF THE PAST. (THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "ENGLISH IN AUSTRALIA," NO. 5, AUGUST 1967.) (DL)
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Identifiers: Australian Association for the Teaching of English