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ERIC Number: ED445342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Setting Standards for English/Literacy Teachers: Re-Theorising a SPIRT Project after One Year.
Doecke, Brenton; Gill, Margaret
This paper first gives an overview of the English teaching profession in Australia, contending that the contested nature of subject English is as old as its establishment as a proper study for university undergraduates in the late 19th century and its emergence as a recognizable school subject several decades later. The paper relates that recently, a special issue of the national journal, "English in Australia," was devoted to a discussion of professional teaching standards in which contributors examined the complex issues relating to the professional status of English teachers and which gave rise to the English/literacy SPIRT (Strategic Partnerships with Industry--Research and Training) research team to develop standards. According to the paper, from the first attempts to interpret the guidelines for developing a SPIRT project, the concept of "industry partner" was interpreted in terms of a democratic engagement with the profession. The paper states that three specific and diverse locations were identified as core research sites for the project: Victoria (Monash), Queensland (QUT), and Western Australia (Edith Cowan). It further informs that teachers serve as "expert panels" who furnish accounts of their teaching--their talk and their writing are a form of knowledge construction. The paper reports that so far a collection of 47 written, discussed, and revised narratives have been collected in which the teachers describe examples, or moments, of "good" teaching and provide comprehensive coverage of the English curriculum as defined in state and national curriculum standards frameworks. It discusses these teacher narratives and their role in the development of standards. Contains 25 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia