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‘What rough beast?’ Conceptualisingthe poetry teacher in Ireland through the eyes of the pupil
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education (2012)
  • Jennifer Hennessy, University of Limerick
  • Patricia Mannix McNamara, Dr., University of Limerick
Abstract

Pupils have a significant contribution to make in the construction of knowledge about teaching and learning in schools. Therefore, consultation with pupils should play a significant role in the pursuit of pedagogical advancement.

This study explores pupils’ conceptions of effective poetry teachers at Leaving Certificate level in Ireland. Taking a phenomenographic approach, this study draws on interviews conducted with 23 senior cycle pupils.

Set against a transcontextual backdrop of pupil apathy and disengagement in the poetry classroom, this study identifies five significant categories of learning for pre-service teachers aiming to optimise student engagement within the poetry classroom.

The imperative for action, specifically at pre-service level, is outlined and recommendations in the pursuit of pedagogical advancement in the poetry classroom are proposed.

Keywords
  • agency; creativity; pedagogy; poetry; pupil voice; teacher education
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Hennessy, J. and Mannix McNamara, P. (2012) "‘What rough beast?’ Conceptualisingthe poetry teacher in Ireland through the eyes of the pupil" Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education 4 (4): 379-394.