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ERIC Number: EJ1109344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
"The Rag-Bag of All the Subjects": English in a London Grammar School, 1945-1963
Hardcastle, John
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v20 n2 p124-137 2013
Evidence from a recent study of English teaching in three London schools in the post-war era suggests that changes to curriculum and pedagogy, commonly attributed by historians to the 1960s, were well underway in the 1950s. Major changes associated with "New English" occurred when teachers began taking the lives and experiences of their pupils as material for English lessons. However, changes in an all-boys grammar school followed a different path. Using oral history methods combined with mixed documentary evidence (including teachers' records and pupils' work), we reconstruct the experience--the aims and beliefs--of a left-wing grammar school teacher, and we show how, under the influence of F. R. Leavis and the "Scrutiny" movement, he made response to literature a central activity at a moment when the place of English was uncertain, and the subject lacked academic prestige.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)
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