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Watkins, Victoria – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
This article is an investigation into the Reading Partners scheme at a large inner London comprehensive school in England; this research comes from a small scale study I carried out as part of my Masters of Teaching at the Institute of Education, University College London. Reading Partners is a project whereby younger and older students within the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading, Cooperative Learning, High Schools
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Driver, Duncan – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
English teachers select texts for the edifying qualities they possess: a good poem, novel or film can act both as a window looking out over different lives and as a powerful mirror for reflection. When teachers reflect on their professional practice, however, they generally look to education theory, to research or to action learning strategies.…
Descriptors: Poetry, Literary Criticism, English Teachers, English Instruction
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Shann, Steve – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
Steve Shann's latest book is a novel called "The Worlds of Harriet Henderson". It's about 15-year-old Harriet Henderson who has a new English teacher, Molly McInness, and all at once school seems full of possibilities. But, inspired by Molly and impelled by her own adolescent restlessness, Harriet makes an impulsive decision, a decision…
Descriptors: Fiction, English Instruction, Novels, English Teachers
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Anwar, Desvalini – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This article emerges out of my autobiography as an English language educator and the conversations that I had with three other English teachers in universities in Padang, Indonesia. These conversations formed the core of my doctoral thesis, in which I used Benedict Anderson and Edward Said to theorise our situation as English educators working in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, English Teachers, Barriers
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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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Rushek, Kelli A. – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
HBO's "The Wire" (2002-2008) is often regarded as one of the best television shows ever aired. Through reiterative viewings and a critical content analysis of the show, I argue that "The Wire" should be used as an anchor text in preservice English education courses in order to foster cosmopolitan literacies in preservice…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, English Teachers, Cultural Pluralism
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Yandell, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
What is the relation between research and teaching? Are they entirely distinct activities -- and should they remain so? What is the relation between research and teachers? Should teachers be positioned as either the objects or the recipients of research that is conducted by specialists, researchers who possess categorically different forms of…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Teacher Researchers, Educational Research, Expertise
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Smith, Lorna – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
It is now five years since the introduction of the current National Curriculum for English in England; it is just over 50 years since the Dartmouth Conference drew together American and English educationalists. This paper reports on a hermeneutic study that presents voices from the field of English teaching in England. It asks questions of today's…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Creative Teaching, National Curriculum, Hermeneutics
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Hippisley, Sulaxana – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This article explores the ways in which the teaching of canonical texts such as Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" intersects with discourses of race and identity in multicultural classrooms. Informed by Chinua Achebe's post-colonial reading of Conrad and the concept of 'double consciousness' adopted by W. E. B. Du Bois, I examine my…
Descriptors: Literature, Minority Group Teachers, Power Structure, Race
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Philp, Hannah – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This article looks at the ways in which the semiotics of authority are established and challenged during a secondary school English lesson on "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". I focus on the utterances of one student and the context of the classroom in which she finds herself as a means to explore the ways in which pedagogic…
Descriptors: Semiotics, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers, English Instruction
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Duck, Paul – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This essay draws on the work of Raymond Williams in identifying a shift from the attempt to have students engage with literary texts in personal terms to a concern, founded on theoretical innovation, that they should read at a more sophisticated level in order to discern the ideology of a given text. It argues that what Williams calls an…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, English Instruction, Literature, Innovation
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McGraw, Amanda; Mason, Mary – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
Based on a three-year project conducted in Australian secondary schools, this paper captures a developing disenchantment with reading in and for subject English. As part of an extended professional learning experience for teachers, students and their English teachers were interviewed and students were asked to draw reading. Paying attention to the…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Reading Instruction, English Teachers, School Culture
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Bellis, Natalie; Garcia, Jessica – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
The tradition of teachers engaging in narrative-based inquiry is now well established, as is its value for creating situated knowledge about teaching. This reflexive autobiographical article weaves together narrative accounts around a senior literature classroom environment. The article features two voices: a teacher (Natalie Bellis) and a Year 12…
Descriptors: Literature, High Stakes Tests, Teaching Methods, Autobiographies
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Duck, Paul – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
The term "close reading" is problematic for English teachers, yet a heightened awareness of the role that language plays in mediating experience and social relationships is fundamental to an informed and critically engaged citizenry. This essay finds that a focus on abstracted ideological content of literary texts comes at the cost of…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, English Instruction, Reading Instruction, English Teachers
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Protopopova, Darya – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
A descendant of Chekhov's extended family, Darya Protopopova has always loved all things literary. When she found out that Chekhov was popular with British modernist writers, she decided to do a master's and then a doctorate in English modernism at the University of Oxford. Having completed both, she chose to spread her love for English literary…
Descriptors: Authors, English Literature, English Teachers, Doctoral Degrees
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