Teaching and Learning English Literature presents a comprehensive overview of teaching English Literature from setting teaching goals and syllabus planning, through to a range of student assessment strategies and methods of course evaluation and improvement. A range of teaching methods are explored, from the traditional classroom, to newer collaborative work and uses of electronic technologies.
Chapter 4: Planning for Teaching: Curriculum and Course Design
Planning for Teaching: Curriculum and Course Design
‘Modelling’ Curriculum Design
We saw in Chapter 3 the way English Literature emerged as a new discipline out of existing literary and intellectual traditions (philology, classics, rhetoric and belles-lettres) which supplied it with both contents and pedagogy. And we saw how those roots have shaped the discipline's development over time, along with certain forces acting upon it from within the wider academy (such as long-term trends towards specialisation and professionalisation) and from socio-political changes and events in the world beyond. It was argued there that the outcome of these combined forces has been the ‘theoretical turn’ the discipline has taken since around 1970, expressed today in a much wider curriculum and in a ...