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Green, Andrew; Ellis, Viv; Simecek, Karen – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
Jerome Bruner's experiment over 30 years ago suggested that imaginative literature had greater affordances for the "subjunctification" of experience by those who heard it read aloud than did transactional prose such as a news article. By "subjunctification", Bruner meant the capacity to use the resource (the short story, for…
Descriptors: Poetry, Teaching Methods, Reading Aloud to Others, Oral Reading
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Hardcastle, John; Clements, Simon – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
Peter Medway was an exceptionally able teacher, researcher and thinker, and his work throws light on governments, inspectors and educators. In the early 1960s, Peter met a theory which "established language as a major means of constructing our realities". Later, after teaching English in secondary schools for two decades, he reflected on…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Biographies, English Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Wood, Heather – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
In this essay I explore the tensions between the static nature of standardised assessment and the dynamic student-focussed approach to appreciating literature that I value. I have closely analysed two of a series of lessons on the gothic literary genre taught by a student teacher on her first placement. By reflecting critically on my own journey…
Descriptors: Classification, Literature Appreciation, Standards, Educational Change
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Bryer, Theo; Lindsay, Morlette; Wilson, Rebecca – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
This article focuses on a tablet film-making project involving a group of English and Drama student teachers, their university tutors and a class of boys in a South London school. We reflect on the potential for learning about aspects of the curriculum that emerged from the technology we were using and the approach that we took. We explore how the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Handheld Devices, Film Production, English Instruction
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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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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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Morrison, Blake – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
Creative writing courses are growing in universities and outside them. Publishers and agents even turn to them now as sources of promise and talent. This article describes a particularly successful MA in creative writing at Goldsmiths College in London and makes a case for the popularity and the usefulness to universities, to aspiring writers and…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Writing Instruction, English Instruction, Universities
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Vakil, Ardashir – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
This article makes a case for the centrality of yearning in fictional representations of characters. With the help of illustrations from Adam Phillips, Olen Butler and Ted Hughes I argue that this key element may be missing from the creative work of students. This is my attempt, through exercises and other stimuli, to generate this yearning or…
Descriptors: Fiction, Creative Writing, Expectation, Masters Programs
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Pitfield, Maggie; Obied, Vicky – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2010
This article charts the progress of one cohort of student-teachers (variously known as beginning teachers and pre-service teachers) training to teach English in London secondary schools during 2008-9. The research focuses specifically on the experiences which facilitate their development as confident and creative teachers and assessors of reading…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Early Adolescents