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Title: New challenges for literature study in primary school English: building teacher knowledge and know-how through systemic functional theory
Contributor(s): Macken-Horarik, Mary  (author); Unsworth, Len  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.7764/onomazein.alsfal.1Open Access Link
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Abstract: Australian primary school teachers face two major challenges in their implementation of the national curriculum for English: literary study and multimodality. Whilst teachers and students frequently engage with texts like literary picture books, the requirement that teachers build children's understandings of texts as patterned, aesthetic constructs is new. And it is especially demanding for teachers without specialized training in either literature or multimodality. They must learn to manage the expanded 'reservoir' of meaning in school English and develop 'repertoires' of semiotic understanding in the course of fulltime teaching (Bernstein, 2000). This paper emerges from a larger study that aimed to meet the challenge of literary study in English by introducing practicing teachers to a semiotic toolkit inspired by systemic functional grammatics. Grammatics, as Halliday (2002) interprets it, distinguishes the theory from the practice of grammar, the metalanguage from language in use. In our project, systemic functional grammatics included study not just of clause-level choices in language but their role in larger discourse frames and, via analogy, in images and multimodal texts.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/DP110104309
Source of Publication: Onomazein, 2014(Numero Especial IX Congreso de ALSFAL [Special Issue - IX ALSFAL Conference]), p. 230-251
Publisher: Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile [Pontifical Catholic University of Chile]
Place of Publication: Chile
ISSN: 0718-5758
Field of Research (FOR): 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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