Teaching English Today: Advocating Change in the Secondary Curriculum

Edited by Drs. Barrie Barrell and Roberta Hammett

Drs. Barrie Barrell and Roberta Hammett

This book offers a rare examination of the secondary English curriculum, focusing on current trends and looking pragmatically at reform initiatives. Providing both a review and a heads-up about what's new – or what should be new – in English classrooms, this accessible text features essays from well-known educators and researchers, in the United States and Canada, who provide insight and offer a wide-range of perspectives on today's secondary English language arts education.

Teaching English Today also challenges the field to re-conceptualize its purpose and value while urging language arts educators to rethink their practice. It also focuses on contemporary issues, including assessment, multiculturalism, critical literacy, expanding definitions of text and literacy, technology in the classroom, censorship, the power of mass media, and much more.

“In this book, (the editors) meet the old and new challenges to English education head on,” explains Patrick Shannon in the foreword. “They've assembled a celebrated group of educators and researchers who take up the issues of text, reading, writing, culture, knowledge, and history.”

Canadian contributing authors include Dr. Hammett and Ursula Kelly of Memorial University's Faculty of Education.

Barrie R. C. Barrell (above right) is professor of English education and Roberta F. Hammett (above left) is associate dean for graduate programs, both in the Faculty of Education at Memorial. Co-editors are John S. Mayher and Gordon M. Pradl, both of New York University.

Teaching English Today is published by Teachers College Press.

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