‘Personal Response’ and English Teaching

Patterson, Annette J. (1993) ‘Personal Response’ and English Teaching. In Meredyth, Denise & Tyler, Deborah (Eds.) Child and Citizen : Genealogies of Schooling and Subjectivity. Institute for Cultural Policy Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Griffith University, Brisbane, pp. 61-86.


A case study relating to secondary education, examining the teacher student relationship as it operates within the English classroom is the topic of this paper. It describes how a certain conception of 'personal response' to literature provided a means for the teacher/counsellor to form the ethical capacities of children. 'Personal response' is usually associated with the moment in which the child is freed to be most natural. But for all the emphasis upon the irreducibly individual nature of the 'genuinely felt response', this pedagogic exercise finds its place within a series of strategies designed both to cherish and correct the child, to nurture and to scrutinise, to guide and to reconstruct.

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ID Code: 50578
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Language education, Self expression, Teacher student relationship
ISBN: 086857483X
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 1993 Institute for Cultural Policy Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Griffith University and The Authors.
Copyright Statement: Copyright in this text is held by Griffith University and the individual contributors. Enquiries concerning permission for use should be directed to:
Deposited On: 24 May 2012 22:06
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2015 12:53

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