English in Australia: its emergence and transformation

Patterson, A.J. (2000) English in Australia: its emergence and transformation. In: Peel, R., Patterson, A., and Gerlach, J., (eds.) Questions of English: Ethics, aesthetics, rhetoric and the formation of the subject in England, Australia and the United States. Routledge/Falmer, London, England, pp. 235-253.

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[Extract] In this chapter I attempt to sketch a brief genealogy of the subject, English, in Australian secondary schools. By using the term genealogy I acknowledge a debt to the work of Michel Foucault, a French cultural analyst who called the philosophical historical investigations he undertook 'genealogies'. He saw his research as opening up ' spaces' for debate rather than dogmatic assertions, describing them as ' philosophical fragments put to work in a historical field of problems'. The preliminary work I describe here focuses initially on curriculum and syllabus statements and on examination documents produced mainly in New South Wales from 1860 onwards. This is followed by a consideration of historical accounts of English published over the past two decades with particular reference to those of Terry Eagleton (1983), John Dixon (1991) and Ian Hunter (1988).

Item ID: 14290
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 0-415-19120-3
Keywords: english language & literature; language and ethics; teacher training
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 04:19
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 51%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220202 History and Philosophy of Education @ 49%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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