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Smith, Lorna – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
It is now five years since the introduction of the current National Curriculum for English in England; it is just over 50 years since the Dartmouth Conference drew together American and English educationalists. This paper reports on a hermeneutic study that presents voices from the field of English teaching in England. It asks questions of today's…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Creative Teaching, National Curriculum, Hermeneutics
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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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Nichols, Sue; Loh, Chin Ee – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
Popular culture images of reading tend to portray readers as solitary individuals deeply immersed in reading a single text in a quiet, undisturbed spot. Yet, in our documentation of adolescent students reading in Singapore secondary schools, we find that there are many ways and modes of reading, much of which is social in nature. Through the use…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Reading Habits
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Philp, Hannah – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This article looks at the ways in which the semiotics of authority are established and challenged during a secondary school English lesson on "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". I focus on the utterances of one student and the context of the classroom in which she finds herself as a means to explore the ways in which pedagogic…
Descriptors: Semiotics, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers, English Instruction
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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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Newell, Sarah – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
This essay explores the role of talk within the English classroom. Classroom talk (in its various forms) is not simply a method for sharing fixed systems of knowledge or information; it is the most useful mechanism for giving learners the space to develop new meanings and new ways of thinking about their surroundings. As soon as learners are…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Dialogs (Language), Adolescents, Small Classes
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Hancock, Rae – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
The affordances of the comic book medium facilitate individual, interpretive readings of narrative and as such challenge the notion of a single message or meaning. This article explores how secondary school students encounter and re-orientate themselves to personal concepts of religious and educational authority and authenticity as a consequence…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Biblical Literature, Religious Education, 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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Bracken, Elspeth – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This essay considers the assumption that the study of English involves engaging students' imaginations to explore a range of interpretations and hypothesise about meaning. It goes on to explore the reading positions of two students in a Year 10 class, who were studying "A Christmas Carol" at GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary…
Descriptors: Moral Values, English Literature, Secondary School Students, Novels
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Collin, Ross – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
This article examines a theory of "weak humanism" that says (1) secondary English classes should focus on personal development and culture and (2) English classes should deliver economic benefits indirectly, i.e. as knock-on effects of studying the personal and the cultural. Economic benefits are defined here as knowledge/skills students…
Descriptors: Humanism, English Instruction, Secondary School Students, College Faculty
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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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Davies, Molly – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2018
I explore a series of incidents in my English classroom, which occurred while I was preparing my students for their high-stakes GCSE English Language exam ('Paper 2: Writers' viewpoints and perspectives'). I thereby attempt to confront some of my own failings and biases with regard to non-fiction and the teaching of persuasive writing in…
Descriptors: Self Concept, English Instruction, High Stakes Tests, Test Preparation
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Ng, Chiew Hong – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
In this paper I explore four groups of pre-service teachers' teaching of critical literacy in microteaching to examine how they translated critical literacy into teaching practice for secondary/upper middle grade students (the role played by peers undergoing microteaching). Firstly I discuss some key concepts and outline the pedagogical framework…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Critical Literacy, Microteaching, Foreign Countries
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Price, Vincent – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
Critiquing two approaches that English teachers use to teach Black, or African-American, literature in the secondary classroom--one that centralises races and the other that ignores it--this article proposes a hybrid approach that combines both. This double-faced approach recognises the culturally specific themes that give the text and the Black…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Authors, Race, Criticism
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