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Whitwham, Ian – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
This autobiographical narrative explores how close childhood friendship can be destroyed by the perniciously divisive nature of the 11-plus exam. It describes an irretrievable situation in which all children are victims.
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Parent Aspiration, Secondary Schools, Friendship
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Shann, Steve – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
English teachers encourage the view that the imagination helps us understand, and engage with, the world. However, we don't often write fiction as a means of knowing and a way of telling. This short story emerged out of my experience as an English teacher, trying to make sense of the nature of my subject, and out of my reading of others' attempts…
Descriptors: Imagination, Fiction, English Teachers, Literary Genres
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Reed, Malcolm – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2012
How might we bear witness to the fluidity and fragility of identity work that takes place during classroom discussion? How do teachers and pupils play with the personal politics of positioning during our everyday interactions? The piece that follows is written as a story almost entirely in everyday dialogue. It takes a methodological turn towards…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Classroom Communication, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Identification (Psychology)