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Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This essay offers readings of three significant texts within the history of subject English: "The Teaching of English in England" (1921), "The Education of the Poetic Spirit" (1949), and "Growth Through English" (1967). These texts each yield valuable insights into what students and their teachers can learn through…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Educational History, Neoliberalism, Teacher Student Relationship
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Breen, Lisa; Illesca, Bella; Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This essay presents an English teacher's inquiry into her professional practice in an institutional setting that is heavily regulated by standards-based reforms. Rather than something external to her, she sees those reforms as part of an internal conflict that affects her capacity to be fully responsive to her students. In dialogue with a…
Descriptors: Standards, Educational Change, Writing (Composition), Teacher Attitudes
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Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
This essay takes Michael Young's 2007 call "to bring knowledge back in" as an occasion to reflect on the relationship between subject English and the disciplinary knowledge that provides its foundations. It focuses on a key text in the history of English teaching, namely "The Teaching of English in England", published in 1921…
Descriptors: English, English Instruction, Educational History, Publications
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Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This essay introduces two presentations (or "Vortr├Ąge") by Ulf Abraham and Thomas Zabka that were originally published in the German journal, "Didaktik Deutsch." I reflect on the complexities of translation and intercultural communication, and ask how we might meaningfully compare the policy environment of one country with that…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Intercultural Communication
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Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This essay unfolds through a series of juxtapositions, involving storytelling and writing of a more analytical nature. In thinking about what I "know" as an English teacher, my aim has been to present my ideas in a form that might do justice to the contradictions and complexities of my professional life, including my continuing efforts…
Descriptors: English Instruction, English Teachers, Story Telling, Standards
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Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
This essay explores the role that storytelling might play in the professional learning of English teachers. It begins by reflecting on the ways that stories shape our everyday lives, and then considers how the meaning-making potential of storytelling might enable us to gain insights into our work as educators. This is in contradistinction to the…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Standards, Standardized Tests, Educational Change
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Parr, Graham; Doecke, Brenton; Bulfin, Scott – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
This article offers an account of a series of writing workshops involving English teachers in Victoria, Australia, known as the "stella2.0" project. It argues that storytelling can potentially provide a valuable counterpoint to the "knowledge" underpinning standards-based reforms. The argument serves to introduce two other…
Descriptors: Writing Workshops, English Teacher Education, Story Telling, Professional Education
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Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
John Yandell's "The Social Construction of Meaning: Reading Literature in Urban Classrooms" provides a powerful counterpoint to current policy discourse in education. By focusing on the social interactions that occur in the classrooms of two English teachers, Yandell shows how their pupils are able to explore dimensions of language and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, English Instruction, English Teachers, Literature
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Doecke, Brenton; Breen, Lisa – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
Genre theory has been around for a long time now. The exchange between Michael Rosen and Frances Christie recently featured in "Changing English" is the latest in a series of exchanges between advocates of genre and their critics over the past three decades or so. Our aim in this response-essay is not to weigh up the merits of the cases…
Descriptors: Literary Genres, English Instruction, Literary Criticism, Secondary School Teachers
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Davies, Larissa McLean; Doecke, Brenton; Mead, Philip – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
Recently Australia has witnessed a revival of concern about the place of Australian literature within the school curriculum. This has occurred within a policy environment where there is increasing emphasis on Australia's place in a world economy, and on the need to encourage young people to think of themselves in a global context. These dimensions…
Descriptors: Literature, English Instruction, National Curriculum, Teaching Methods
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Doecke, Brenton; Pereira, Iris Susana Pires – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2012
This essay raises questions about how language educators might construct and further develop their epistemology of practice in and through the situations in which they work from day to day. The occasion for this paper is our work as guest editors of a special issue of "L-1: Educational Studies in Language and Literature," when we invited…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Educational Practices, Learning Experience, Language Teachers