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ERIC Number: EJ1109357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
Reading Canonical Texts in Multicultural Classrooms
Shah, Mehrunissa
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v20 n2 p194-204 2013
This essay explores the complexity of imposing texts that are considered part of the English literary canon on students from multicultural backgrounds. It considers the rhetoric of the coalition government, in the recent drive to emphasize the importance of the literary heritage and return to English culture and how its impact has been felt in the classroom. It focuses mainly on the teaching of "The Scarlet Letter" to a Year 9 class and the issues presented when teaching it to a class of learners from very different ethnic backgrounds. It considers whether the true value of studying these texts is worthwhile for very different reasons from the social and cultural ones that have driven recent educational policy in England.
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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: United Kingdom (England)
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