How can secondary English teachers be supported in bringing Australian literature into their classrooms?
I aim towards broadening students' view of what Western literature looks like beyond the canon that so readily comes to mind, while simultaneously encouraging student autonomy in the direction of their writing.
I hope to provide my students with an engaging unit that uses texts that fight for a space in the discourse of identity to leave them either on the journey to, or arrived at, their understanding of what makes them Australian.
I see this opportunity as a chance to gain depth and rigour in my own understanding of these texts and their place in Australian literature, which is seldom possible (but sorely craved) during the rush and routine of classroom teaching.
The Teacher-Researcher opportunity appealed to me as a way to reignite the research skills I developed during my Arts Degree in Literary Studies. As an early career teacher, I see this project as a both a catalyst for professional development and to collaborate with colleagues to share insights on both educational practices and the value of literature.
The main focus for my research will be ‘How can I introduce diverse voices into the junior English classroom?’ My reasoning for this focus is to ensure that the texts used in the English curriculum are representative of the student cohort that we teach.