In an age when national identities are a subject of popular debate, along with issues of place in relation to immigration, displacement and mobility, it is particularly important that educators are supported in their reflections on how best to respond to such pertinent issues in their daily practice. This book accessibly and sensitively explores the ways in which teachers can work with places and identities in English and related expressive arts to create a rich experience for students in schools and beyond.

A team of carefully selected contributors present practical ideas and critically examine diverse contexts and viewpoints. Exploring the significance of identity and place in education, the central notion is that language and arts are vital to enhancing understanding and empathy. The book provides an approach that offers teachers and other professionals ways to engage critically with these themes, as well as practical strategies for opening up debate and creative work in a broad range of curriculum areas.

This insightful book will be of interest to teachers, teacher educators, training teachers and researchers in education.

chapter 1|13 pages

From place to planet

The role of the language arts in reading environmental identities from the UK to New Zealand
BySasha Matthewman

chapter 2|14 pages

Connecting community through film in ITE English

ByJoanna McIntyre, Susan Jones

chapter 5|12 pages

Durham city as an educational resource in initial teacher education for English

Seeing the city with new eyes
ByDavid Stevens

chapter 6|15 pages

Shakespeare, Turgenev (and Kalashnikov) in Siberia

ByNicholas McGuinn, Amanda Naylor

chapter 7|12 pages

Poetry, place and identity

ByKaren Lockney

chapter 9|11 pages

Negotiating ‘third space’ through popular children’s literature

Creating democratic spaces
BySarah Pfenninger

chapter 10|12 pages

‘To see oursels as ithers see us’

Constructions of Scotland’s place and identity within a changing Scottish curriculum and context
ByKaren Lowing

chapter 11|13 pages

‘Thank the Lord for the internet!’

Identity, social media and space online
ByAnna Llewellyn

chapter 12|14 pages

A fable: The Happy Teacher

ByDeirdre Diffley-Pierce