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Re-reading the reading lesson : episodes in the history of reading pedagogy

By Bill Green, Phillip Cormack and Annette Patterson


Reading pedagogy is constantly an object of discussion and debate in contemporary policy and practice but is rarely a matter for historical inquiry. This paper reports from a recent study of the history of reading pedagogy in Australia and beyond. It focuses on a recurring figure in the historical record—the ‘reading lesson’. Presented as a distinctive trope, the reading lesson is traced in its regularity in and through the discourse of reading pedagogy, starting in 1930s Australia and moving back into 19th-century Europe, and with specific reference to the UK and the USA. Teaching reading is expressly identified as a moral project—something that, it can be argued, clearly continues into the present

Topics: 130200 CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY, Reading pedagogy, Reading lessons, Genealogy, Literacy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1080/03054985.2013.808617
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