Teacher experiences of critical thinking using supernaturally themed novels: implications for contemporary middle school classrooms

Wardle, Donna-Marie (2017) Teacher experiences of critical thinking using supernaturally themed novels: implications for contemporary middle school classrooms. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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Through the collation of teacher experiences, this qualitative research focuses on the implications of critical thinking involving supernatural themes presented in school-based literature. With the imbedded supernatural themes in the religious belief systems of some cultural groups, our Indigenous population, and the Christian majority, the implications of the critical thinking emphasis endorsed by the Australian Curriculum and its application to thematic content in the middle school English classroom is investigated in this study.

A cache of purposefully selected novels approved for use in Australian secondary schools are examined to determine the type and frequency of commonly occurring supernatural themes. These are then investigated to determine what types of cultural conflict could occur, and the subsequent impact the treatment of such themes could have on the personal belief systems and sensitivities of some groups in our multicultural society.

Teacher perspectives are examined using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) methodology, and this research utilises hermeneutic principles to analyse the data gathered. This investigation reveals both positive and negative impacts on pedagogical practice, and highlights the ethical conflicts eliciting critical thinking responses using such thematic novels as a stimulus has on teachers in the 21st century classroom.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Education thesis.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Supervisors: O'Neill, Shirley; Abawi, Lindy-Anne
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2018 04:39
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 04:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical thinking; supernatural themes; school-based literature; middle school; English curriculum
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34415

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