Inscribing culture: The history of prescribed text lists in senior secondary English in NSW 1945-1964

Monash University Press
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Required Reading. Literature in Australian Schools Since 1945., 2017, 1, 1, pp. 78-105
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The purpose of this chapter is to chart and interpret patterns, continuities and disjunctions in senior secondary English text lists in NSW utilising the primary sources in the Analysis of Literature in Australian Schools (ALIAS) database and relevant secondary sources from the corpus of research literature in the field. We are interested in the design and content of the lists, the factors and processes that have driven and influenced the selection of texts, and what these conceal and reveal about the conceptualisation of the subject at key historical moments. Because a single chapter cannot account for the entire sweep of NSW curriculum documents contained in the ALIAS collection, we have structured the discussion in two parts: this chapter focuses on key documents up to 1964. The following chapter takes up the story of senior secondary text lists from 1965 to 2005. Together, these two chapters constitute an inclusive mapping of almost a century of selected senior secondary English curriculum materials from NSW.
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