Evolution and Contingency: Poetry, Curriculum and Culture in Victoria, Australia

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Clark, Tom and Weaven, Mary (2011) Evolution and Contingency: Poetry, Curriculum and Culture in Victoria, Australia. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 18 (1). pp. 75-84. ISSN 1469-3585


This article explores the changing place of poetry studies in the broader English curriculum of Victoria, Australia. Its focus is on how students learning to become English teachers engage with poetry studies. Setting this problem within the context of pedagogical theory and evidence about the evolving Victorian curriculum, we have interviewed six first-year students to explore their perspectives on the study of poetry. A clear finding is that exposure to the study of poetry is very limited in Australia’s secondary school system. A more surprising finding is that students do not clearly recognize their exposure to poetry studies as such.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9182
DOI 10.1080/1358684X.2011.543513
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2011.543513
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Historical > SEO Classification > 9502 Communication
Keywords ResPubID23735, ResPubID23802, poetry, English curriculum, pedagogical theory
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