Researching the teaching of subject English: Socio-cultural theories and methods

Exley, Beryl (2015) Researching the teaching of subject English: Socio-cultural theories and methods. English in Australia, 50(3), pp. 27-30.

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I come to this article as an experienced primary and middle years teacher and mid-career university-based academic with a vested interest in researching the message systems of the disciplinary field of subject English. My sociocultural perspective challenges those who view English teaching predominately as a cognitive act of learning to read or write, or shy away from introducing content that feels raw or political. In the eloquent words of Shiqing (2014), I ‘reject the idealized view of truth inherited from the ancients and replace it with a dynamic, changing trust bounded by time, space and perspective’ (p. 70). Empirically, in my work as a primary and middle years English teacher, I am influenced by two major theories associated with language as a socio-cultural resource: Multiliteracies Pedagogies (New London Group, 2000) and Systemic Functional Linguistics (Halliday & Matthiessen, 2004). Theoretically, in my work as a researcher, I draw on sociological understandings of the three message systems of education, that is, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment (Bernstein, 2000), to describe the effects of adopting these stringent socio-cultural approaches. In that article which follows, I introduce and discuss the influences of multiliteracies pedagogies, systemic functional linguistics and sociological theories in turn.

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ID Code: 96025
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: socio-cultural, research method, multiliteracies, grammar, linguistics, primary school, critical framing
ISSN: 0155-2147
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 > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian Assocation for the Teaching of English
Deposited On: 09 Jun 2016 22:30
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2016 04:47

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