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ERIC Number: EJ770428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
The Canon in the Classroom: Students' Experiences of Texts from Other Times
Pike, Mark A.
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v35 n3 p355-370 May 2003
This paper examines the debate about the English literature canon in schools. It evaluates the importance of the canon in a 21st-century curriculum and considers its relevance to adolescent readers saturated in early 21st-century culture who have disparate identities and diverse backgrounds. The implications for teaching and learning of the chronological, social, cultural, and linguistic distance between pre-20th-century canonical texts and today's readers are examined in the light of the theoretical perspectives of Hans Robert Jauss and Wolfgang Iser. These perspectives are applied to findings from a recent 3-year longitudinal case study of 13-16-year-olds reading canonical texts and of the responsive teaching they experienced. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)