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Hanratty, Brian; McPolin, Peter – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This paper argues that there is scope for considerable change and improvement in the way in which Poetry is taught at Key Stage Two in Northern Ireland. In making this case for significant improvement, the paper has three interconnected parts. In the first part, a range of critical ideas highlight the richness of poetry as a literary genre.…
Descriptors: Poetry, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Instructional Improvement
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Hanratty, Brian – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This paper has two complementary objectives. After providing some theoretical perspectives on fiction generally, and on the teaching of fiction more specifically, it firstly evaluates, from a literary-critical perspective, a reasonably representative selection of the portrayal of teachers and teaching in some twentieth-century Anglo-Irish fiction…
Descriptors: Literary Criticism, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, English Literature
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Hanratty, Brian – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
Centred on a carefully chosen selection of Heaney's Troubles poems, this paper explores pedagogical opportunities that the poems present in the context of upper post-primary classrooms in Northern Ireland's divided schools. Five poems are evaluated in total. These are: "The Other Side", "A Constable calls", "The Toome…
Descriptors: Poetry, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students, Poets