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Hanratty, Brian – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
In evaluating some of Heaney's prose writings about the art of poetry -- what I have called his 'Poetics' -- the paper explores how those ideas could enhance the teaching of poetry in the upper post-primary schools. The paper is divided into four closely interconnected sections. The first section evaluates Heaney's thoughts about the potential…
Descriptors: Poetry, Poets, English Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Macrae, Andrea; Clark, Billy; Giovanelli, Marcello – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This article reports the results of a survey of UK Higher Education Institution (HEI) providers of undergraduate degree programmes in English. The survey solicited HEI providers' views on how well each of the A Levels in English prepares students for degree programmes, and asked which of the three A Levels are included in the entry requirements…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College English, Undergraduate Study, Higher Education
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Sawyer, Wayne – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This essay focuses on two sites of memory in my professional life. One is from my very early years of teaching, the second from about 10 years later. Each is centred on a moment of controversy in English curriculum in New South Wales, Australia, and each is to do with the teaching of writing and the supposed neglect of language study, including…
Descriptors: Grammar, Memory, Course Descriptions, English Curriculum
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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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Douthwaite, Alison – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
This article draws on my experiences of teaching "Stone Cold" to respond to a blog post suggesting that the novel holds little educational value. I argue that the novel's narrative style helps to foster criticality while its subject matter can help students see the relevance of literature to the world around them. Relating this to…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Literary Criticism, Literary Styles, Literature Appreciation
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Singh, Sandhya P. – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
What should children and young adolescents read? Recent changes in the English curriculum have once again shifted the focus towards more canonical texts, but does featuring such texts on the course necessarily equate to rigorous teaching and in-depth learning? Through a self-examination of her own reading history, the author argues for a dialogic…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, Reading Material Selection, Books, Personal Narratives
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Pangilinan, J. P. – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
In "Finding a Language", Peter Medway addresses questions of central importance to English teaching--questions of curriculum and of pedagogy. How he addresses these questions provides a sharp contrast to the current orthodoxies of a rigidly prescriptive national curriculum and a closely monitored regime of objective-led, skills-based…
Descriptors: English Curriculum, English Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Centered Curriculum
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Coultas, Valerie – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
This article uses documentary evidence to review debates on spoken language and learning in the UK over recent decades. It argues that two different models of talk have been at stake: one that wishes to "correct" children's spoken language and another than encourages children to use talk to learn and represent their worlds. The article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Classroom Communication, Speech, Democracy
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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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Xiaoqiong, Betsy Hu; Jing, Xi – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
The rapid and wide spread of English has given rise to its lingua franca status, which in turn, changes the nature of English and English teaching at the tertiary level. This paper, based on a survey, discusses some of the problems with the current English curriculum used in Chinese universities and proceeds to offer some suggestions for a more…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Language Usage, Second Language Instruction
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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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Anderson, Gill – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
I begin with an account of my own observation of an English lesson taught by one of my student teachers using a teaching resource, "The Island," that I used myself as a new teacher more than 20 years ago and of my own responses on finding it transformed by two decades of change in educational policy and practice. It has become almost a…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Student Teachers, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Hardcastle, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
Evidence from a recent study of English teaching in three London schools in the post-war era suggests that changes to curriculum and pedagogy, commonly attributed by historians to the 1960s, were well underway in the 1950s. Major changes associated with "New English" occurred when teachers began taking the lives and experiences of their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Instruction, Educational Change, Educational History
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Shah, Mehrunissa – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
This essay explores the complexity of imposing texts that are considered part of the English literary canon on students from multicultural backgrounds. It considers the rhetoric of the coalition government, in the recent drive to emphasize the importance of the literary heritage and return to English culture and how its impact has been felt in the…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, English Literature, Reading Materials, Secondary School Students
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Pullinger, Debbie; Whitley, David – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
Drawing on a strand of findings from the Cambridge Poetry Teaching Project, a small-scale research study co-ordinated through the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, this article examines contemporary understandings of poetry performance in teaching contexts. Positioning these understandings in relation to past practices, we…
Descriptors: Poetry, Teaching Methods, English Literature, English Instruction
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