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ERIC Number: EJ894023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Negotiating the English Curriculum with Year 8 Boys
Riddle, Stewart
English in Australia, v43 n2 p51-57 2008
This action research project investigated the effects of negotiating curriculum on the affective attitudes of boys in my Year 8 English class towards studying English at high school. The ensuing unit involved developing autobiographical narratives to create, share and critique the students' life-stories, undertaking learning activities that were developed through the negotiation process. A pre-negotiated curriculum survey and post-negotiated curriculum survey were conducted, as well as collecting data from the negotiated curriculum sessions, and weekly student feedback and reflections on the learning activities. The negotiated curriculum experience yielded positive outcomes for both the students and myself, although it was difficult to make claims of correlation and statistical significance from the data, due to the near-curricular isolation and novelty of the experience. There is much more work that needs to be done on the effects of negotiated curriculum on the affective and academic outcomes for students, and the action research method seems well-placed as an authentic, naturalistic tool for undertaking this challenge. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia