The Big Picture

Subject English across Secondary and Tertiary education in WA

This research focuses on some of the most pressing concerns in Subject English at this moment in time: the crisis in Literature study across the state, and the standards of English within the wider disciplinary space.

About the project

This project seeks to review the state of teaching in Subject English at both secondary and tertiary levels of the discipline in Western Australia. It is targeting three key areas:

  1. Creative Writing Pedagogies
  2. Text Lists and Teacher Choices
  3. Discipline Intersections: Mapping concepts and standards between secondary and tertiary English in WA

Working across these areas, the project seeks to understand the challenges faced by educators, and identify some of the possible reasons interest and enrolment in Subject English is declining. It hopes to improve the collaborative relationships within the sector, increase professional support for educators and foster pedagogical conversations around creative writing in particular.

The project will ultimately aim to support educators in the discipline through the production of a set of teaching resources, developed and offered as a MOOC available free to all through UWA.

Currently, the resources under development include interviews with creative practitioners for classroom use, TED-talk style mini-lectures on key curriculum concepts, and resource packages supporting both subject knowledge and educational practice.

Goals

  • To facilitate research into Subject English pedagogy
  • To provide critical support to teachers of Subject English throughout the state
  • To improve the standard of Subject English education in Western Australia
  • To increase student engagement with Subject English at secondary and tertiary levels
  • To foster communication and collaboration between teachers of Subject English.

Our partnerships

English Teachers Association of Western Australia

The English Teachers Association of Western Australia have joined the project as funding partners, and will be supporting the development of the teaching resources which are produced.

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The have been involved in supporting the project through the provision of (redacted) curriculum and teaching materials. This data has helped us build a picture of the state of English and Literature in WA.

We have been building broad connections to the sector in this project, working with published authors and professional educators across both the secondary and tertiary disciplines, as well as across tertiary institutions. If you are interested in the project, please contact the team via the details below.

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