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The Australian heritage [microform] / Leonie Kramer
Bib ID 5188265
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Kramer, Leonie, 1924-2016
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1967 
15 p. 
Summary

Although Australian literature is not equal to the best of English literature, there are nevertheless valid reasons for its inclusion in the literature programs of austrailian schools. It is becoming increasingly important that Australians have some understanding of the emergence of the society and culture in which they live. Australian literature is an effective means of developing this historical sense, and can be, in turn, a significant aid in understanding the literature of remote countries and times. The study of Australian literature can also encourage students to inquire further into the "special value" of literature, for inferior literature is frequently the stimulus which leads students to better literature. Contemporary Australian literature has a particular immediacy and significance for students and can encourage writing, reading, and the kind of intellectual activity inherent in both. Examinations on such material, however, can destroy its value by stifling and conditioning students' responses to it. By including in English curricula Australian literature, particularly the works of contemporary Australian writers, teachers of English can play a significant role in creating an active, intelligent community interested in both its literary heritage and its writers of today. This article appeared in "English in Australia," number 5, August 1967. (dl)

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May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Cultural Background.  |  Cultural Education.  |  English Curriculum.  |  English Instruction.  |  Literary Discrimination.  |  Literature.  |  Literature Programs.  |  Twentieth Century Literature.  |  Australian Association for the Teaching of English
Other authors/contributors Australian Association for the Teaching of English
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