Focusing on a key area of debate within the world of secondary English, the ‘knowledge-based curriculum’, this book explores in detail the question of knowledge in the teaching of English in secondary schools, drawing on specific concrete cases and a range of academic theories. Knowledge in English also investigates how to teach both facts and skills through the required texts to produce a balanced educational experience.
Elliott brings together classic texts with contemporary knowledge and viewpoints to critically examine teaching in the English literature classroom, and situates them within the broader cultural and political context. The book includes discussions on race and gender in texts, Shakespeare and his influence, facts and emotions in poetry, and reading experiences.
Knowledge in English is a foundational and accessible guide for researchers, practitioners, teacher educators and teachers around the world. It is a valuable resource for those involved in the English curriculum to keep the subject relevant and useful to students in the contemporary classroom.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: The ‘knowledge turn’ and ‘facts’ in English
Chapter 2 The construction of knowledge in English Literature
Chapter 3 Shared experiences of reading
Chapter 4 The case of Shakespeare
Chapter 5 Race and gender in the English curriculum
Chapter 6 Pinning down poetry: Facts, emotion and attitudes
Chapter 7 Cultural literacy in a UK context
Victoria Elliott is Associate Professor of English and Literacy Education at the University of Oxford, UK.