Tag Archives: popular culture in education

Summing up a critical study of the movie, Twilight, Alison Happel & Jennifer Esposito conclude that popular culture must be seen as education and critically studied as such – totally in line with my thoughts! They write: “Because we understand education … Continue reading

Posted in Literate Contexts, social and political contexts, Standardised Testing, The effect of multimedia on children/childhood, The industry around kids books, Understanding Education, What is quality literature? | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Education … for democracy and non-violence…

I loved this essay – it should be a must-read for all educational leaders, and perhaps especially for those in English departments as we come up to 2014 and the anniversary of WWI, which will no doubt spark renewed interest … Continue reading

Posted in Literate Contexts, Metaphors and Narratives around children and learners, Multiliteracies, social and political contexts, Teaching excellence, The effect of multimedia on children/childhood, Understanding literacy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflective practice

“A number of writers have pointed out the benefits of reflection for teachers (see Kottkamp, 1990; Rudney & Guillaume, 1990; Pultorack, 1993; Leahy & Corcoram, 1996; Risko et al., 2002; Florez, 2003; Pedro, 2005). Based on the writings of various … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching excellence | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Multilingualism, monolingualism and attitudes to language in children’s fiction

In an article written 11 years ago, Gillian Lathey considers the representation of other European peoples in British children’s literature. She looks at how language is used to create character in various examples of British children’s fiction and how foreign … Continue reading

Posted in early years education, Literate Contexts, Metaphors and Narratives around children and learners, Mono- Bi- and Multi-culturalism, social and political contexts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Applying sociocultural theory to children’s use of (and immersion in) popular culture

“Two major branches of sociocultural theory have been identified. The first, commonly known as sociocultural or social-constructivist, emphasises language and forms of understanding embedded in social and cultural contexts, relationships and practices. The second is that of cultural-historical activity theory. This theory emphasises practical activities and … Continue reading

Posted in Literate Contexts, Understanding Education | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment