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Striking teachers: images of teachers in Scottish children’s literature

By Maureen Farrell

Abstract

In a country where a good education has been highly prized for centuries, where teachers \ud have been known for their support for the lad, and lass, o’ pairts and which has a world \ud renowned national literature, the figure of the teacher or dominie in Scottish Literature is a \ud common one. Fiction that provides descriptions of the varied ways teachers can affect the \ud lives of their pupils provide audiences with a strong sense of having encountered good or \ud poor teachers. The introduction of passionate, positive teachers with sound content \ud knowledge in the literature young people read can have a much greater and longer term \ud effect on readers than any research describing effective teacher characteristics. Teachers in \ud stories help shape readers’ views of school and education: they can be heroic or sinister, \ud stereotypical or distinctive. Some texts allow the stereotype to be played out, while others \ud work to subvert them. The tension between reality and representation allows readers to \ud explore contradictory images and expectations in meaningful and relevant contexts. Using a \ud range of contemporary Scottish children’s fiction, this paper will examine how teachers are \ud presented and represented within them and will attempt to discern the diversity of the images \ud proffered to young Scottish readers and to identify some of the key roles and values \ud embodied by teachers as central characters

Topics: PN
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gla.ac.uk:49605
Provided by: Enlighten
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