ERIC Number: ED040170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Toward a Unified Curriculum in English.
Hogan, Robert F.
Alberta English '69, v9 n2 p5-9 Fall 1969
Educators have worked long and strenuously, but a unified English curriculum has not yet been attained. The language arts-skills approach, the communications approach, and the tripod approach haven't worked. Recently, modern linguists have argued that language study belongs to the liberal arts, not to the behavioral sciences; behaviorists have moved into literature study with programmed texts of literary works; and some psychologists and students have expressed the belief that an emotional experience is a necessary instrument for learning. Complicating the English curriculum dilemma are the present insistence upon measurable behavioral objectives and the ascendancy of film study, film making, and visual literacy. Apparently, a new goal for English is needed--to keep alive and to foster and educate the imagination. Present social conditions imply a failure to educate people to emphasize with others or to reorder imaginatively the every day world. A reformed English curriculum would de-emphasis structure and would focus on educating the living imagination. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Alberta Teachers Association, Edmonton.
Note: Transcribed from a tape-recording of address to the Alberta English Council's annual convention in Red Deer, April 1969