Text selection in the senior English curriculum

Alexander Bacalja (Melbourne Graduate School of Education) and Lauren Bliss (Faculty of Arts)

Contemporary debates about the purpose of subject-English establish the contested nature of text-selection within the discipline. This project investigates text-selection trends affecting senior school English in Victoria. It analyses almost thirty years of data (1990-2019), and over 1000 texts, to quantify and explain the frequency of particular categories of texts.

In collaboration with the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE), findings will be collated into a report, conference presentations and academic papers. These will be shared with stake-holders, including the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

This study will provide an evidence-base to shape decision-making by curriculum bodies and schools.


See the report On Trends in Senior English Text-Lists produced by this research.

The team presented their results in our Interdisciplinary Symposium in December 2018. See the presentation materials here.