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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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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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Dixon, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2010
James Moffett's structuralist impulse to carve the "universe of discourse" into four related levels--drama, narrative, exposition, argumentation--was quickly reframed as a rough approximation, as he recognised the ways myth and fictions compressed several layers, and even everyday narratives potentially encapsulated some of the rest.…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Language Acquisition, Change Agents, Educational Theories