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The creative sociability of English classrooms and ‘the true nature of stories'

Yandell, J; (2020) The creative sociability of English classrooms and ‘the true nature of stories'. English in Australia , 55 (1) pp. 6-13. Green open access

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Abstract

In currently dominant accounts, English as a school subject, its content and processes, are construed as an induction into a well-defined, already-established disciplinary discourse or set of discourses. In an attempt to challenge this version of English, I present some examples of autobiographical writing by secondary students and I tell the story of an observed lesson. From these instances of practice, a different picture of English emerges – one where the English classroom might be regarded as a place of literary sociability, where students enter into dialogue with each other and with the literature that they read, and where the complex challenges entailed in any attempt to represent experience in words is properly acknowledged.

Type: Article
Title: The creative sociability of English classrooms and ‘the true nature of stories'
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.aate.org.au/documents/item/2337
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10109362
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