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ERIC Number: EJ1111670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
"This above All ...": The Place of Ethics in English Teaching
Misson, Ray
English in Australia, v51 n1 p9-17 2016
Much of English teaching, whether it be mounting an argument on a social issue, analysing media, or developing a critical reading of a novel or film, implies an ethical stance. This article considers the relationship between ethics, belief and ideology. After looking, within a Lacanian framework, at the ways in which particular beliefs are made part of one's identity/subjectivity in such phenomena as Islamic radicalisation, it considers in what ways subject English might intervene in (or support) this process. It then looks at the basis of ethics in the strategies of English teaching. An argument is made for the importance of a conscious (if flexible) ethical position underpinning the work in English classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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