Reading the local and global: teaching literature in secondary schools in Australia

McLean Davies, Larissa, Doecke, Brenton and Mead, Philip 2013, Reading the local and global: teaching literature in secondary schools in Australia, Changing English: studies in culture and education, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 224-240.

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Title Reading the local and global: teaching literature in secondary schools in Australia
Author(s) McLean Davies, Larissa
Doecke, Brenton
Mead, Philip
Journal name Changing English: studies in culture and education
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 224
End page 240
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1358-684X
Keyword(s) literary sociability
English teaching
globalisation
national literature
community
Summary Recently Australia has witnessed a revival of concern about the place of Australian literature within the school curriculum. This has occurred within  a policy environment where there is increasing emphasis on Australia’s place  in a world economy, and on the need to encourage young people to think of  themselves in a global context. These dimensions are reflected in the  recently published Australian Curriculum: English, which requires students to read texts of ‘enduring artistic and cultural value’ that are drawn from  'world and Australian literature’. No indication, however, is given as to how the reading and literary interpretation that students do might meaningfully be framed by such categories. This essay asks: what saliences do the categories of the ‘local’, the ‘national’ and the ‘global’ have when  young people engage with literary texts? How does this impact on teachers’  and students’ interpretative approaches to literature? What place does a  ‘literary’ education, whether conceived in ‘local’, 'national’ or ‘global’  terms, have in the twenty-first century?
Language eng
Field of Research 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio Economic Objective 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055127

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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