'A Chart for Further Exploration and a Kind of Rallying Call': James Moffett and English Curriculum History in Victoria

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Title 'A Chart for Further Exploration and a Kind of Rallying Call': James Moffett and English Curriculum History in Victoria
Author Beavis, Catherine Alice
Journal Name Changing English
Editor Jane Miller, Tony Burgess, Susan Alice Fischer, Bill Green
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Both James Britton and James Moffett were keynote speakers at the Sydney International Federation for the Teaching of English conference in 1980 – a fact reflective of the wide recognition and acceptance of their work and influence throughout Australia by that time. In Victoria, Moffett’s writings became known initially through teacher education, in particular at the University of Melbourne and the State College of Victoria, Rusden, then through the visits and writing of figures from the London Institute and others, and through the State and national English teaching association, the Australian Association for the Teaching of English. In the 1970s, Moffett’s influence in Victoria came rather through the mix of his vision and writing, both theoretical and practical, in conjunction with others in Australia and elsewhere. This paper takes two separate but related sites or moments in English education in the 1970s in the Australian city of Melbourne, Victoria, as instances of the permeating influence of Moffett’s work – in conjunction with leading figures from the London School associated with the ‘New’ English’ – on education discourses and practice in that State’s English curriculum history. It concludes with a consideration of the ways in which Moffett’s work might still act as a ‘rallying call’ today.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2010.505449
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Changing English, 17(3), 2010, pp. 297-307. Changing English is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Volume 17
Issue Number 3
Page from 297
Page to 307
ISSN 1358-684X
Date Accessioned 2011-02-01
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37667
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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