The Text Selection Process in the English Classroom: Factors Guiding, Influencing, and Limiting Teacher Selection

By Giovanni Piccolo.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The paper will report on a research project investigating the guiding and limiting factors influencing teacher selection of texts for the junior secondary English classroom. These factors include: Teacher comfort, class ability, faculty and syllabus guidelines, the physical availability of the text and many more.
Teacher awareness of these influencing factors is essential particularly today with the vast amount of texts and text types made available to teachers through the use of the Internet. It is only by reviewing, adapting and improving these selection strategies that ultimately the most suitable text will be taught to the appropriate class employing effective pedagogy.
The research shows teachers assessing the age and ability level of the students, and selecting texts covering suitable and interesting issues, within a larger framework limited but not entirely dictated by the practicalities of text availability and the requirements of the syllabus. Teachers are professionals weighing personal value judgements against certain mandatory selections constraints beyond their control.

Keywords: Text Selection, Pedagogy, Text Types, Classroom Teaching, Syllabus, Teacher Choice

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.239-256. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.572MB).

Giovanni Piccolo

PhD Student, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Giovanni Piccolo was born in Rome Italy and moved to Australia when very young. He attended both the Italian and the Australian school systems, and completed a BA/BEd at the University of Sydney in 2005 with First Class Honours in Education. He is currently completing a PhD in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, investigating teacher choice and factors influencing text selection. His interests are: Teacher choice; Text selection; Young adult fiction; English teaching; Writing.

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