Teaching English : some remarks on the emergence of the sympathetic teacher in the English classroom

Patterson, Annette J. (2011) Teaching English : some remarks on the emergence of the sympathetic teacher in the English classroom. In Doecke, Brenton, McLean Davies, Larissa, & Mead, Philip (Eds.) Teaching Australian Literature: from classroom conversations to national imaginings. Wakefield Press in association with The Australian Association for the Teaching of English, Kent Town, South Australia, pp. 319-332.


The chapter explores the concept of the teacher-student relationship within the English classroom and proposes that this relationship has a specific purpose in building a civil society by inculcating practices of self-reflection, empathy and ethics. The topic is explored through the example of teaching Australian literature, specifically, Tim Winton’s Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo to secondary school students. Ian Hunter’s work on literature education and the construction of socio-ethical practices provides a conceptual framework for the chapter.

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ID Code: 48005
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Australian literature, Literature teaching, Teacher-student relationship
ISBN: 9781743050453
Subjects: 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 > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Australian Association for the Teaching of English
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Deposited On: 13 Jan 2012 01:33
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