The child, the text and the teacher : reading primers and reading instruction

Patterson, Annette J., Cormack, Phil, & Green, Bill (2012) The child, the text and the teacher : reading primers and reading instruction. Paedagogica Historica : International Journal of the History of Education, 48(2), pp. 185-196.

View at publisher


From the late sixteenth century, in response to the problem of how best to teach children to read, a variety of texts such as primers, spellers and readers were produced in England for vernacular instruction. This paper describes how these materials were used by teachers to develop first, a specific religious understanding according to the stricture of the time and second, a moral reading practice that provided the child with a guide to secular conduct. The analysis focuses on the use of these texts as a productive means for shaping the child-reader in the context of newly emerging educational spaces which fostered a particular, morally formative relation among teacher, child and text.

Impact and interest:

6 citations in Scopus
5 citations in Web of Science®
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

84 since deposited on 11 Jan 2012
28 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 48007
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: reading pedagogy, reading curriculum, literature teaching, sixteenth century reading primers
DOI: 10.1080/00309230.2011.644302
ISSN: 1477-674X
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 Stichting Paedagogica Historica
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Pedagogica Historica : International Journal of the History of Education (C) 2012 (copyright Taylor & Francis); Pedagogica Historica : International Journal of the History of Education is available online at:
Deposited On: 11 Jan 2012 23:32
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 13:07

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page