Negotiating the english curriculum with year 8 boys

Riddle, Stewart ORCID: (2008) Negotiating the english curriculum with year 8 boys. English in Australia, 43 (2). pp. 51-57. ISSN 0155-2147


This action research project investigated the effects of negotiating curriculum on the affective attitudes of boys in the author's Year 8 English class towards studying English at high school. The site of the study was the general-use English classroom at a moderately-sized private boy's school in metropolitan South-East Queensland. The ensuing unit involved developing autobiographical narratives to create, share and critique the students' life-stories, undertaking learning activities that were developed through the negotiation process. A pre- negotiated curriculum survey and post-negotiated curriculum survey were conducted, as well as collecting data from the negotiated curriculum sessions, and weekly student feedback and reflections on the learning activities. The negotiated curriculum experience yielded positive outcomes for both the students and the author, although it was difficult to make claims of correlation and statistical significance from the data, due to the near-curricular isolation and novelty of the experience. There is much more work that needs to be done on the effects of negotiated curriculum on the affective and academic outcomes for students, and the action research method seems well-placed as an authentic, naturalistic tool for undertaking this challenge.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2011 10:22
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2021 03:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: affective behaviour; english; english curriculum; literacy education; males; middle years; negotiated curriculum; nongovernment schools; secondary school students; student attitudes; student participation; teaching methods
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390104 English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390406 Gender, sexuality and education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education

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