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ERIC Number: EJ1107526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
Lessons in Culture: Oral Storytelling in a Literature Classroom
Railton, Nikki
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v22 n1 p50-59 2015
This essay charts the experiences of a group of Year 10 students studying literature together. I challenge the current educational thinking that the literature classroom should consist exclusively of a set of canonised texts handed down from teacher to student. Instead I consider the importance of ensuring students have space to explore themselves in what they study. With this in mind, I attempt to bring students' culture into the classroom through storytelling; the students take part in a series of lessons where they tell, discuss and explore their own oral traditions. I explore the problem of conceptualising culture as an identity descriptor rather than as something rooted in experience, in the social and in history. I conclude that it is not some reified notion of culture but the student that should be at the centre of everything we do.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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