Literary knowing and the making of English teachers: The role of literature in shaping English teachers' professional knowledge and identities

Larissa Mc Lean Davies, Brenton Doecke, Philip Mead, Wayne Sawyer, Lyn Yates

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Abstract

At a time when knowledge is being 're-valued' as central to curriculum concerns, subject English is being called to account. Literary Knowing and the Making of English Teachers puts long-standing debates about knowledge and knowing in English in dialogue with an investigation of how English teachers are made in the 21st century. This book explores, for the first time, the role of literature in shaping English teachers' professional knowledge and identities by examining the impacts, in particular, of their own school teaching in their 'making'. The voices of early career English teachers feature throughout the work, in a series of vignettes providing reflective accounts of their professional learning. The authors bring a range of disciplinary expertise and standpoints to explore the complexity of knowledge and knowing in English. They ask: How do English teachers negotiate competing curriculum demands? How do they understand literary knowledge in a neoliberal context? What is core English knowledge for students, and what role should literature play in the contemporary curriculum? Drawing on a major longitudinal research project, they bring to light what English teachers see as central to their work, the ways they connect teaching with their disciplinary training, and how their understandings of literary practice are contested and reimagined in the classroom. This innovative work is essential reading for scholars and postgraduate students in the fields of teacher education, English education, literary studies and curriculum studies.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages255
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781000640793
ISBN (Print)9780367618681
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2022

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