ERIC Number: ED194899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The English Teacher, Research and Change (1966-1980).
The easiest way to isolate significant influences on the English teacher in the last 15 years and to assess the impact of research on classroom practice is to study the network of constraints and pressures surrounding the teacher. Some changes in direction and emphasis in education occur according to which political party is in power. The years from 1966 to 1975 saw a belief in the individual's capacity to grow and economic support for innovations in teaching. Since 1975, a change in government and downturn in the economy have reestablished rigid habits and societal myths in education. There are, however, four areas in English teaching that will never be the same. (1) Language and learning: more teachers are challenging students to solve their own problems, as the notion of the human mind scientifically hypothesizing becomes more acceptable. (2) Fiction and culture: the multicultural mix in classrooms calls for an inclusive rather than exclusive range in literature. (3) Function and form: the emphasis has shifted to the study of language use rather than language as an isolated exercise taken out of context. (4) Class and control: teachers are more aware of and better prepared to cope with the "middle classness" of schools and the "hidden curriculum" generated by cultural bias. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on the Teaching of English (3rd, Sydney, Australia, August 17-22, 1980).