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ERIC Number: EJ901941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
The Status of Literature in a National Curriculum: A Case Study of England
Goodwyn, Andrew
English in Australia, v45 n1 p18-27 Jul 2010
This article explores a number of dimensions about the role of literature in schooling and analyses the views of both practising and student teachers who responded to two national surveys about the teaching of literature. These surveys suggest that literature occupies a good deal of curriculum space but without producing a satisfying experience for teachers or their students. As well as analysing the problematic nature of current practice and especially assessment, the article speculates on the potential of reconfiguring literature teaching grounded in the phenomenon of literary reading. The article is, therefore, very much focused on the concerns of present and future English teachers. The article concludes with some reflections on the proposed Australian national curriculum for English, and on what may befall literature teaching in the coming years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom (England)