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Fifth Formers: English Teachers: Poetry:

Rachel McAlpine

Why do students think teachers include poetry in the English curriculum? What aspects of poetry do they say teachers stress? Do the opinions of students and teachers on these matters coincide?
During 1978 an attempt was made to answer these questions, as a small part of a larger investigation into the perceptions and feelings of fifth form English teachers and their students about poetry and poets, and into some aspects of the teaching and evaluation of fifth form poetry.

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