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ERIC Number: EJ913214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8204
"A Respect for the Past, a Knowledge of the Present, and a Concern for the Future": The Role of History in English Education
Thomas, P. L.
English Education, v43 n2 p123-144 Jan 2011
This article argues that ELA teacher candidates and inservice ELA teachers need historical perspectives in their coursework and their practice. Using the life and career of Lou LaBrant, the author examines the value of placing current practice in the context of practice throughout the history of the field of teaching ELA. Patterns examined in LaBrant's life and work include the historical tension between bureaucracy and teacher empowerment, back-to-basics movements, the roles of research and progressivism in the field of literacy, and the relationship between educational and social challenges. Further, the article examines avenues for teacher educators to become more connected with the history of the field. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A