ERIC Number: ED250678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-21
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The NCTE and the Teaching of Literature.
Burton, Dwight L.
Throughout its history, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has addressed the question: How can literature be fully revealed to students at all educational levels? In answering this question, NCTE has (1) clarified the rationale and objectives for teaching literature, with a view to reconciling concepts of literature as both an intellectual discipline and an avenue to personal and social understanding; (2) directed literature study toward individual transactions with texts, and studied the patterns of those transactions or responses; (3) combatted censorship and clarified issues and assumptions underlying attempts at censorship; and (4) defined and prompted the role of children's and adolescent literature in the curriculum. Historically concerned with the education of the imagination, NCTE is now advocating balance in a "back-to-basics" era. In the future, it will work toward maintaining a prominent place for literature at all levels of education as an indispensable way to esthetic experiences and to vicarious knowledge of the human condition. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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