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Title: The literacy maze: walking through or stepping round?
Authors: Haworth, Avril
Citation: Language and education, 2006, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 95-109
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: Mar-2006
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Abstract: Literacy has always been a contested site in primary phase teaching. Internationally, there is a trend towards increased direct government intervention in areas of pedagogy, as well as curriculum. Recently in the UK, national initiatives, designed to raise standards of literacy among the 11-14 age group, have required English teachers to adapt their professional practices to accommodate highly prescriptive curricular and pedagogic directives which, I argue, represent a 'discursive regime' that challenges English teachers to rethink professional identity in relation to 'English' and 'literacy'. Specifically, I explore the rhetorical and professional options available to teacher educators and postgraduate trainee teachers in their initial encounters with such literacy programmes in university and schools. Using Bakhtin's account of 'authoritative' and 'internally persuasive' discourses, I trace the professional self-identifications of a group of English trainee teachers over a period of a year.
Type: Article
Language: en
Description: Full-text of this article is not available in this e-prints service. This article was originally published [following peer-review] in Language and Education, published by and copyright Routledge.
Keywords: Secondary English
Beginning-teacher identity
Discursive regimes
ISSN: 0950-0782
Appears in Collections: ESRI Research Group: Early Years, Language and Literacy

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