Rhyme and reason: new book explores the matter of poetry in the classroom

Posted by hct16 at Jun 19, 2013 02:20 PM |
University of Leicester academic is co-editor of new book on innovative use of poetry

Dr Sue Dymoke, Senior Lecturer and Secondary PGCE Course Leader in the School of Education has just published a new book on the use of poetry in the classroom.

The book, ‘Making Poetry Matter: international research on poetry pedagogy’ was published earlier in June and was co-edited by Dr Dymoke with academics from University of Greenwich and University of Exeter. It was developed from the ESRC funded Poetry Matters seminar series 2011 – 2012 that Dr Dymoke convened.

The book draws together contributions from leading scholars in the field that provides a wide range of perspectives on poetry pedagogy, covering topics such as 'Teacher attitudes to teaching poetry in the urban primary classroom', 'Digital poetry and multimodality' and Resistance to poetry in Post-16 English. The book considers both teaching and learning challenges that poetry presents for those working with learners aged between 5 and 19 and explores these challenges with reference to reading; writing; speaking and listening and the transformative nature of poetry in different contexts.

A practical companion volume, Making Poetry Happen: transforming the poetry classroom, which contains case studies written by English teachers and poets, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2014. Take a look at the Making Poetry Matter Blog here