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Bomford, Kate – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 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…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Urban Schools, English Literature, Secondary School Students
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Philp, Hannah – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
In this essay, I draw on the experience of reading "Hamlet" with a class of 11- and 12-Year-old boys in a London comprehensive school. I explore how a number of comments in my classroom reveal the complexities of my students' thinking about gender and sexuality in "Hamlet." I look at how these thoughts are difficult for the…
Descriptors: English Literature, Drama, Foreign Countries, Language Usage
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Tarpey, Paul – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
This article investigates the professional memories of English teachers who began their careers between 1965 and 1975. The teachers began their careers in circumstances that offered opportunities to work in collectivist ways. Their memories reveal a strong collective identity, a powerful sense of agency and a critical engagement with the aims of…
Descriptors: English Instruction, English Teachers, Memory, Collectivism
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Coles, Jane – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
This article offers a case study account of a garden-themed poetry writing project run by a creative writing organisation in partnership with a class of 9-10-year-old children from a London primary school. I explore the concept of creativity which framed the five-week project and analyse the different ways in which the creative practitioner worked…
Descriptors: Creativity, Poetry, Creative Writing, Case Studies
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Hardcastle, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
My starting point is "Staying Power", an exhibition that aimed to increase the number of photographs representing Black British experience in the UK. The exhibition was recommended by a former pre-service/PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) student who had grown curious about the language and culture of her students. One…
Descriptors: Drama, Teaching Methods, Exhibits, Photography
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Brady, Monica – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This is a different essay from the one I set out to write. When I began, I had in mind a picture of my development as a teacher that was linear. I saw myself as a committed and enthusiastic teacher whose understanding about the nature of learning had developed over time. I had a theory that as a young teacher I was focused on content, on the idea…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Political Issues, Personal Narratives, Curriculum Design
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Tarpey, Paul – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This article explores how circumstances in different conjunctures influence the types of narrative, working practice and "Professional Memory" that English teachers construct. It is argued that the circumstances in which teachers begin their careers help to formulate attitudes, values and missions that remain potent over long periods.…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Memory, Autobiographies, English Instruction
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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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Shah, Mehrunissa – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
This essay explores the problematic nature of an enforced monolingual culture promoted by the current Conservative-led UK government. It comments upon the paradoxical nature of the 2014 curriculum that promotes heritage texts and "proper" English, when such poets embraced a Bakhtinian tolerance of languages. It focuses primarily upon the…
Descriptors: Monolingualism, Political Attitudes, Foreign Countries, English Instruction
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Cantwell, Joanna – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
This study focuses on a secondary English classroom in an East London school, and the multimodal nature of the students' construction of the literary heritage text Macbeth, specifically in their dramatic reinterpretation of Act 1, Scene 7, where Lady Macbeth persuades "Macbeth" to pursue his ambitions and kill the current king, Duncan.…
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, Urban Schools, English Literature, Classroom Techniques
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Turvey, Anne – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
It would be impossible to preface what follows with one of those "disclaimers" that insist "the views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views of..." This would not only be disingenuous, it would deny the history that I draw on to make an argument about teaching, learning and…
Descriptors: Effect Size, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Educational Practices
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