Originally published in 1995. This book reviews the current situation concerning the teaching of 'English' in schools, examining particularly the notion of 'literacy'. The authors offer practical suggestions to primary and secondary teachers, proposing ways in which the teaching of children's literature (and that of adolescence and youth) may be addressed across Key Stages and at A-level. They relate theory to practise, and offer a critique of government proposals.
Table of Contents
Summary. Introduction Part 1: Contextual Issues 1. Literature in Schools: A Brief Review Ed Marum 2. Reading the English Curriculum: An Analysis of Intention and Effect Mick Saunders and Chris Hall 3. Childhood and Schooling in the 1990s Ed Marum. Appendix: National Curriculum Revised Orders for English, January 1995 Part 2: Classroom Issues 4. Playing the Book: A Response to Literature at Key Stage 1 (5-7) Liz Slater 5. Teaching through Text: Developing Reading (7-11) Ed Marum 6. Encouraging Wider Reading: Classroom Strategies (11-16) Jenny Marum 7. Coping for Assessment: An Approach to Recent Developments (11-16) James Pattenden 8. 'The Empty Space of Not Knowing': Childhood, Education and Race in African-American Literature (14-19) Neil Campbell Part 3: Principles in Practice 9. Towards 2000: Tomorrow's Books, Tomorrow's Readers Ed Marum