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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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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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Le Ha, Phan; Dat, Bao – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This essay comprises multiple sets of dialogues between us as colleagues and friends as we revisit the question of the status of English as a global language. Through the metaphor 'multiple classrooms of life', we share reflections and narratives arising out of our experiences with English that are embedded in our professional work, scholarship,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Interpersonal Relationship
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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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McKnight, Lucinda – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This article moves beyond book-based school 'wide reading' to propose constellations of multimodal media, including music videos, fashion parades, literary works, online games and material artefacts, along with associated pedagogies, as sponsors of pleasure. The article, based on empirical research with teachers in an Australian secondary school,…
Descriptors: Recreational Reading, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Popular Culture
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Breen, Lisa; Illesca, Bella; Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This essay presents an English teacher's inquiry into her professional practice in an institutional setting that is heavily regulated by standards-based reforms. Rather than something external to her, she sees those reforms as part of an internal conflict that affects her capacity to be fully responsive to her students. In dialogue with a…
Descriptors: Standards, Educational Change, Writing (Composition), Teacher Attitudes
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Diamond, Fleur; Parr, Graham; Bulfin, Scott – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
Evidence has been accumulating for some time about the impact of standards-based education reforms on schools and schooling, but there has been little research investigating the influence of these reforms on university-based initial teacher education (ITE). This article critically inquiries into the effects of these reforms on an ITE co-teaching…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, English Teachers
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Doecke, Brenton – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
This essay takes Michael Young's 2007 call "to bring knowledge back in" as an occasion to reflect on the relationship between subject English and the disciplinary knowledge that provides its foundations. It focuses on a key text in the history of English teaching, namely "The Teaching of English in England", published in 1921…
Descriptors: English, English Instruction, Educational History, Publications
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Tour, Ekaterina – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
Digital technologies are increasingly used by children and adults in their everyday lives and these practices have attracted researchers' and practitioners' attention. However, everyday digital literacy practices are difficult to examine. They require appropriate research methods and visual methods have potential here. Although some visual methods…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Literacy, Research Methodology, Photography
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Gill, Prue – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
In this teaching memoir, time with a group of Ugandan teachers becomes the "awakening" or spur to leaf through memories of more than 40 years of life in the classroom. The moments chosen to relive afresh tell of practices which have largely been erased in curriculum discussion in Australia. Together they add up to an argument, more…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Personal Narratives, Democracy, Student Attitudes
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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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Reid, Ian – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
Underlying the generally oblivious attitude of teachers and learners towards the past is insufficient respect for the role of memory in giving meaning to experience and access to knowledge. We shape our identity by making sense of our past and its relationship to present and future selves, a process that should be intensively cultivated when we…
Descriptors: Memory, Recall (Psychology), History Instruction, Novels
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Ai, Bin – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
In this paper, I narrate highlights of my long process of learning and teaching English as a foreign language in mainland China and Australia, presenting a picture of the practices of learning and teaching English in mainland China from the bottom up. Over the past 50 years, English learners in mainland China, as Gao Yihong has written, have…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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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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