Re-reading the reading lesson : episodes in the history of reading pedagogy

Green, Bill, Cormack, Phillip, & Patterson, Annette (2013) Re-reading the reading lesson : episodes in the history of reading pedagogy. Oxford Review of Education, 39(3), pp. 329-344.

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Reading pedagogy is constantly an object of discussion and debate in contemporary policy and practice but is rarely a matter for historical inquiry. This paper reports from a recent study of the history of reading pedagogy in Australia and beyond. It focuses on a recurring figure in the historical record—the ‘reading lesson’. Presented as a distinctive trope, the reading lesson is traced in its regularity in and through the discourse of reading pedagogy, starting in 1930s Australia and moving back into 19th-century Europe, and with specific reference to the UK and the USA. Teaching reading is expressly identified as a moral project—something that, it can be argued, clearly continues into the present.

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ID Code: 69205
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Reading pedagogy, Reading lessons, Genealogy, Literacy
DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2013.808617
ISSN: 0305-4985
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Oxford Review of Education, Volume 39, Issue 3, 2013 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at:
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2014 23:43
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2014 19:05

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