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Hartley, Jenny – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
This article describes some of the methodology, practice and effect of reading groups run by Prison Reading Groups (PRG), which currently operates in 60 prisons across the UK, and is supported by the charity Give A Book. Groups choose what they want to read together and how they will read it. Reading aloud can aid literacy as well as being a force…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Literacy, Recreational Reading, Cooperation
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Obano, Nisha – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This essay emerges from my position as a new trainee teacher, entering my first school, a school as unique and also as typical as any. What struck me was the complexity of the school's culture (and counter-cultures). Language was revealed as a site of resistance, a clash between staff and pupils at the point of instruction; a reluctance to read or…
Descriptors: Males, School Culture, Teacher Student Relationship, Language Usage
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Brady, Monica – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This is a different essay from the one I set out to write. When I began, I had in mind a picture of my development as a teacher that was linear. I saw myself as a committed and enthusiastic teacher whose understanding about the nature of learning had developed over time. I had a theory that as a young teacher I was focused on content, on the idea…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Political Issues, Personal Narratives, Curriculum Design
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Burgess, Tony – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
Written nearly 40 years ago, Peter Medway's "Finding a Language" continues to be an arresting read, which offers a powerful vision of what might be possible in education. In this brief introduction, I set the work in context, referring to ideas that Pete engaged with and recalling a little of the times.
Descriptors: English Instruction, Humanities Instruction, Intellectual History, Recognition (Achievement)
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Garfath, Toby – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
Dominant and common-sense contemporary conceptions of practice tend to frame the emotional volatility of the classroom--most commonly explored in discussions about student behaviour--as a fundamental obstacle to teaching and learning. The "outstanding" classroom is both orderly and, paradoxically perhaps, characterised by its passionate,…
Descriptors: Play, Secondary School Curriculum, English Instruction, Classroom Techniques
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Bali, Reetu – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
This essay explores what the development of writing might look like and how it might take shape in a secondary English classroom. The study problematises current definitions of progress. In direct opposition to standards-driven models, I propose an alternative way of thinking about the development of writers through a series of narrative accounts…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, English Instruction, Grade 7, Secondary School Students
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Marshall, Bethan – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
This article takes a personal view of the contribution made by Pete Medway to King's College London.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Recognition (Achievement), Change Agents, Educational Change
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Rosen, Betty – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
This article has no direct link with academics, children, students or those who teach: I severed almost all such connections several years ago. It describes the rewards and challenges of leading a reminiscence group of elderly people, all of whom suffer some level of memory loss and/or severe physical disability; most are wheelchair-bound. It…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Memory, Dementia, Physical Disabilities
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Wood, Heather – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
In this essay I explore the constraints and opportunities confronting me as a newly qualified teacher and how these affect my pedagogy. I have reflected on my own development from beginning to newly qualified teacher and considered how such forces have shaped my identity as a teacher, my values and my approach to the job. As part of my exploration…
Descriptors: English Teachers, English Instruction, Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes
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Dixon, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
The second part of this account of struggles over literacy begins in the later seventeenth century. From the 1670s, the new dissenting academies, backed by rising business classes, made teaching in English for a wider curriculum their goal. Thus was Defoe's mastery of a new spoken style developed, while in Scotland, the eighteenth century…
Descriptors: Public Education, Literacy, Educational Change, Educational History
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Rosen, Michael – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
Michael Rosen, writer, performer, broadcaster and teacher, has been teaching in universities since 1994. He has an MA in Children's Literature from Reading University and a PhD from the University of North London. The father of five children, he discusses in this article his views on Genre Theory, and how he believes it has slipped between the…
Descriptors: Literary Genres, Political Power, Politics of Education, Language Acquisition
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Dixon, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
The first part of this account of struggles over literacy begins with the later middle ages and follows issues in the construction of a literacy addressed to the lower orders through to the seventeenth century. After the suppression of the Lollard Bible had left the English peasantry without that spur to literacy, the sixteenth-century formation…
Descriptors: Literacy, Educational History, Disadvantaged, Politics of Education
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Hawkins, Elaine – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2012
The UK English subject benchmark statements express the discipline's commitment to contribute to an "ideal of lifelong learning." In this article, I consider what this commitment may mean for practice and explore why its attainment is complex and contentious. In doing so, I examine some of the ways in which lecturers' professional…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Benchmarking, Educational Practices, Program Implementation
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Thompson, Ian – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2012
In this article I focus on the mediational role of communicative activity in the co-construction of meaning involved when pupils write collaboratively. I explore the developmental nature of peer intermental or social activity within a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) by drawing on perspectives from sociocultural theory and the dialogical aspects…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Secondary School Students, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods
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Ellis, Viv – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2012
The continuing instability of Education as a discipline is examined against renewed arguments for its "disciplinary" status. Teacher education in particular is seen as Marjorie Garber's concept of "discipline envy" to propose a more positive relationship between disciplines that might work for the good of teacher education.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Educational Philosophy