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“I woke up and realised the ground had shifted”: the shifting terrain of English curriculum

Jetnikoff, Anita (2009) “I woke up and realised the ground had shifted”: the shifting terrain of English curriculum. Words'worth, 42(2), pp. 10-18.

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Abstract

The theme of this conference comes from the epitaph on the Lewis Carroll’s gravesite. “Is All our Life then But A Dream?” This seems fitting for a time when so much change in the terrain of English makes us feel as if we are somnambulating through a surrealist landscape. Like Lewis Carroll’s Alice, (Carroll, 2003) we might find ourselves at strange tea parties with bureaucratic mad hatters, and just when we think we have a grasp of applying new theory in our teaching, we fall down another rabbit hole, to swim in confusion as some queen calls out, ‘off with their heads!’. The shifting ground in English inevitably moves in response to waves of theory influencing classroom practice. Each new paradigm has claimed to liberate language learners from the flaws of the previous model. Each linguist or literary theorist who shaped the new paradigm no doubt dreamt of a new population emerging from school as more powerfully literate citizens than the previous generation.

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ID Code: 28359
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This paper was published as the keynote along with a selcetion of papers delivered at the State ETAQ conference, 2009.
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Keywords: English Curriculum Studies, Theory and pedagogy of English, Models of teaching English in Queensland, Secondary English in Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Anita Jetnikoff
Copyright Statement: Individual authors hold the copyright for items printed in this journal. Persons wishing to duplicate any items should contact the writer/s concerned.
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2010 08:15
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2010 08:15

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