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ERIC Number: EJ1013709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Tradition, Authority, and Innovation in Literary Teaching and Learning
Holbrook, Peter
English in Australia, v48 n2 p79-89 Sep 2013
The French philosopher Rene Descartes (1596-1650) wrote that "to read good books is like holding a conversation with the most eminent minds of past centuries and, moreover, a studied conversation in which these authors reveal to us only the best of their thoughts" (translation of the "Discourse on Method" by F. E. Sutcliffe (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1968), p. 30). This paper, based on a lecture to the combined AATE and ALEA conference of 2013, asks some questions in the spirit of Descartes's remark. What might teachers of English learn from the past about their profession? What attitudes towards, and ideas about, teaching can we recover from our predecessors? What authority might older practices of humanistic teaching and learning have for us today? And are tradition and authority compatible or incompatible with a spirit of innovation and creativity in English teaching and culture generally? (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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