Literary praxis : engaging with texts in classroom settings

Doecke, Brenton and van de Ven, Piet-Hein 2012, Literary praxis : engaging with texts in classroom settings, L1-Educational studies in language and literature, vol. 12, pp. 85-105.

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Title Literary praxis : engaging with texts in classroom settings
Author(s) Doecke, Brenton
van de Ven, Piet-Hein
Journal name L1-Educational studies in language and literature
Volume number 12
Start page 85
End page 105
Total pages 21
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Publication date 2012-07-01
ISSN 1567-6617
1573-1731
Keyword(s) Literature education
literary development
teachers as researchers
international comparative research
Summary This article focuses on a small group of teachers as they reflect on the strategies they use to support their students in their efforts to interpret literary texts. We argue that the interpretation of literary texts within classroom settings is mediated in complex ways: by the social context of the classroom, the insti-tutional setting of the school (including its curriculum and organization), as well as mandated educa-tional policies. These dimensions shape the relationships between teachers and students as they engage in the ‘social exchange of meanings’ (Reid, 1984) that is prompted by the texts chosen for study. Stu-dents bring their own biographies to this exchange, drawing on their experiences outside school in order to make meanings from the texts they are required to read. Teachers, on the other hand, also bring their biographies with them into classrooms, including their beliefs about the value of a literary educa-tion. By exploring the reflections in which a small group of teachers of literature engage about their work, we ask questions about the value of a literary education, reaffirming its significance in the con-temporary world.
Language eng
Field of Research 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Springer
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