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Czytanie jako podróż – perspektywa edukacyjna
Reading as a journey – an educational perspective

Author(s): Marta Rusek
Subject(s): Education
Published by: Instytut Badań Edukacyjnych
Keywords: literary studies; reading act; passive reader; experience; didactics of literature; journey; every day routine; freedom

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with teaching literature in the context of individual reading experience. Creating the analogy between reading and journey, questions are posed about the student’s freedom as reader, privacy and the uniqueness of the act of individual reading in the educational process. This culminates with the basic question of whether a reader needs school. The main analysis, supported by references to works of Certeau, Izer and Nietzsche, concentrates on the problems of change of status and function of literature in contemporary life, both social and individual, rejection of reading, preservation of passive attitude through educational routine and identification of knowledge about literature with the experience of its reception. Conclusions concentrate on redefinition of the aims of literary education, presentation of reading as an existential need and also deal with the reader’s freedom and responsibility, the role of school in building the reader’s competence, as well as with the range and form of the teacher’s activity. The author postulates structural changes which would allow introduction of a variety of organizational solutions and classes focusing on literature.

  • Issue Year: 118/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 44-51
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish