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The Role Of Literature In The Classroom: How And For What Purposes Do Teachers In Lower Secondary School Use Literary Texts?
University of Oslo, Norway.
University of Oslo, Norway.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013). Karlstad Univ, Karlstad, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9375-9512
2019 (English)In: L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature, ISSN 1567-6617, E-ISSN 1573-1731, Vol. 19, p. 1-31, article id UNSP 13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the use of literary texts in 178 video-recorded LA lessons across 47 lower-secondary Norwegian classrooms. It offers a systematic overview of how literary texts are read, used, and discussed across classrooms and investigates instructional practices related to literary texts and functions of texts in instruction. The results reveal a strong genre discourse across classrooms; reading literary texts is strongly connected to students' own writing, focusing on generic text features that are relevant for texts across the same genre. With one exception, shared instruction did not include novels except as individual pleasure reading. The findings align with concerns raised by scholars about the role of literature in language arts, revealing a rather reductionist use of literature across classrooms. Despite strong arguments and empirical support for students reading literature in school, such practices are poorly reflected in classrooms in this study. Our main contribution lies in the exploration of the practices by which adolescents are socialized into literary reading. We provide an exhaustive look at the everyday practices related to literary texts in language arts lessons and the ways these texts are framed, read, and discussed in education.

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University of Amsterdam , 2019. Vol. 19, p. 1-31, article id UNSP 13
Keywords [en]
literature instruction, secondary education, reading, instructional practices, video analyses, uses of literature
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Languages and Literature
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Educational Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75971DOI: 10.17239/L1ESLL-2019.19.01.13ISI: 000498521500006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-75971DiVA, id: diva2:1378699
Available from: 2019-12-13 Created: 2019-12-13 Last updated: 2020-01-09Bibliographically approved

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