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ERIC Number: EJ900213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Reflecting on Keywords: Changed Meanings for Changing Times
McGuire, Ann
English in Australia, v42 n2 p26-28 2007
In this article, the author reflects on keywords in Statement Two of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) "Statements of Belief". The second statement says, "We believe students come to understand themselves and their work through engagement with a range of cultures and the ways these cultures represent human experience." The key words in this statement of belief are words at the centre of the discipline: "cultures, representation, self, world" and the relationships among them are at the very heart of the teachers' ongoing work with students. They are, significantly, words whose meanings within the profession of English teaching have undergone substantial transformation over time, even in what has been a relatively brief disciplinary history, so that today they have quite specific implications for how and what teachers teach. The available and developing meanings of the key words in Statement Two are central to the working vocabulary of English teachers today, and their professional commitment to their discipline requires them to be aware of those developing meanings. The author stresses that English teachers need to be aware of the ways in which the key words take on their new meanings in relation to emerging bodies of thought--for example, changing definitions of the nature and function of language. In the spirit of that commitment, then, she contends that it is worth examining the available and developing meanings of the key words in Statement Two, and analysing those meanings in relation to the bodies of thought which inform them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia