Associate Professor Larissa McLean Davies – Discussion on Text Selection

Text selection has been a key issue in subject English throughout its history and continues to be a pertinent and urgent consideration in contemporary classrooms. Larissa McLean Davies, Associate Professor in Language and Literacy education at MGSE, presented on the historical and contemporary issues impacting on text selection in their classrooms.

Dr. McLean Davies asked the teachers and members of the research team to think about the kind of stories the texts they are teaching are creating for their students and for the future. This session included an interactive activity on team members’ ‘Book-Prints’ – “a reading and writing autobiography which shows that who you are is in part developed through the stories and information you’ve experienced” (Alfred Tatum, University of Illinois).

The session asked teachers to consider cultural capital, diversity, knowledge and censorship and the impacts these issues have on their text choices for their students.