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ERIC Number: EJ1108187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
Reading the Local and Global: Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools in Australia
Davies, Larissa McLean; Doecke, Brenton; Mead, Philip
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v20 n3 p224-240 2013
Recently Australia has witnessed a revival of concern about the place of Australian literature within the school curriculum. This has occurred within a policy environment where there is increasing emphasis on Australia's place in a world economy, and on the need to encourage young people to think of themselves in a global context. These dimensions are reflected in the recently published "Australian Curriculum: English", which requires students to read texts of "enduring artistic and cultural value" that are drawn from "world and Australian literature". No indication, however, is given as to how the reading and literary interpretation that students do might meaningfully be framed by such categories. This essay asks: what saliences do the categories of the "local", the "national" and the "global" have when young people engage with literary texts? How does this impact on teachers' and students' interpretative approaches to literature? What place does a "literary" education, whether conceived in "local","national" or "global" terms, have in the twenty-first century?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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