ERIC Number: ED458583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
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Sharing Culture? Sharing Texts in Seven to Ten English.
Ryan, Josephine M.
When crucial issues of text teaching were researched from "both sides" of the teaching context in 1999, findings dramatized the demands of teaching text in years seven to ten English in Australia and suggested some ways that it could be done better. Interviews were conducted with 14 secondary English teachers and 53 of their students (in the Melbourne, Australia area) about their experiences of texts during their English classes. The novel, especially the "contemporary, adolescent" Australian novel, reigned supreme in English classes in the study. The general approach to text choice was remarkably uniform across schools in all contexts. Conversations with the English teacher participants revealed that they shared a commitment to bringing students to an "enjoyment" of reading, meaning, in most cases, the novel. One of the core goals in the English curriculum as seen by participants was that the text must be suitable for the whole range of students in the class. A question that arises from considering teaching of text is whether the final text choices and the way they were approached were too often a rather uninspiring compromise. Teachers in less affluent contexts often read novels aloud in class since they felt this was the only way students would read them. Interviews with students from the participating teachers' classes asked students about their reading practices in their spare time as well as their view of school texts. The talks revealed that lack of enthusiasm for book reading cuts across class barriers. Findings suggest that: English curriculum should be less dominated by the novel; secondary English teachers should devote some class time to students' reading preferences; poetry is invaluable for developing students' language skills; and many students are highly computer literate. (NKA)
Descriptors: Educational Research, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Foreign Countries, Literature Appreciation, Novels, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia