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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.

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Abstract

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.

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ID Code: 48007
Item Type: Journal Article
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
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in 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: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00309230.2011.644302
Deposited On: 12 Jan 2012 09:32
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 02:17

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