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ERIC Number: EJ1204935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
What Are (English) Lessons For?
Bomford, Kate
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v26 n1 p3-15 2019
This article takes as its starting-point four moments that occurred in the course of a year of teaching A-level English Literature in an inner-London sixth-form college. It argues that these moments represented forms of learning and experience that were valuable, but that fell outside the prevailing version of what (English) lessons are for. It uses these moments to challenge the current prescriptive and reductive models of what learning looks like, focussing on the relationship between knowledge and interpretation (with specific reference to Shakespeare), on the social dimension of learning, and on the relationship between learning and time. It concludes that the best lessons are potentially open-ended, unpredictable and unrepeatable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)