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ERIC Number: EJ951819
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Passion, Pedagogy and the Political: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Wilkinson, Lyn
English in Australia, v46 n2 p27-35 Aug 2011
I have been an English teacher for 38 (gulp!) years. For over 20 of those I have taught "English methods" courses in initial teacher education programs. As the retirement light glows increasingly brighter at the end of my career pathway, I reflect on three aspects of teaching English that have been--and remain--the cornerstones of my professional work. Although they appear to remain significant for beginning teachers, they are not foregrounded in curriculum documents. I offer this personal reflection in the hope that the things that are important to so many in the profession--the things that drew us into English teaching, and keep us there--remain at the forefront of our thinking as we move into the implementation phase of the Australian Curriculum.
Australian Association for the Teaching of English. English House, 416 Magill Road, Kensington Gardens, SA 5068 Australia. Tel: +61-8-8332-2845; Fax: +61-8-8333-0394; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia