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Construing the teacher: reading sociocultural representations in children's and young adult storytelling

Construing the teacher: reading sociocultural representations in children's and young adult storytelling

Bingle, Branwen Mary (2018) Construing the teacher: reading sociocultural representations in children's and young adult storytelling. In: 54th UKLA International Conference - Literacies in a changing world: creativity, criticality, empowerment., 6th-8th July 2018, Cardiff. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

To what extent is there articulation between learners' notions of teaching and the narrative representations of teachers found in popular children's literature? And how do learners construct the role of the teacher as a literary device? This presentation reports the findings from a recently completed doctoral study which explored the interplay between literature written for children, literature written by children and wider sociocultural constructions of professional identity.

In order to explore how learners construct the teacher as a narrative tool, a comparative analysis of children's and primary teacher trainees' perceptions of professional identity was undertaken. A total of 22 year 5 pupils and ten students coming to the end of their teacher training degree participated in the research. Narrative methodologies, including character profile depictions and an approach based on the Storycrafting method (Karlsson and Riihelä 1991), led to the collection and analysis of a rich dataset which not only reflected common sociocultural depictions of teaching from literature but also indicated the aspirations and expectations from pupils and students alike. In addition, the study highlighted how teaching critical literacy skills can empower children in recognising the system of constructs within a text, encouraging a more thoughtful approach to recognising sociocultural bias.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Narrative; representation; identity; children's literature; critical literacy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Teacher Education
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Last Modified: 18 Oct 2018 15:23
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/21894

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