De kunst van het onderwijzen: Naar een levenskrachtige visie op het literatuuronderwijs

Witte, T., 29-Nov-2018, In : Nederlandse Letterkunde. 23, 3, p. 359-393 34 p.

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  • Theodorus Witte
Literature as a serious art form is losing ground. Also in secondary education,
literature has lost its sacrosanct position. Young people are reading fewer
and fewer books. This also means that the functional illiteracy of socially
vulnerable groups increases and the writing and reading skills of students is
often below par. To reverse the tide, it is important to re-legitimize literature
education. An overview of the functions of literature education shows that
teaching of literature is of essential importance for language development,
cultural socialization and personal education of students, and fits very well
with the general aims of (secondary) education. Teachers see the decline in
reading habits and motivation of many students as one of the greatest didactic
problems. To turn the tide, it is therefore also important that the teaching
of literature is at its best: that it motivates students to read books, that
it enables them to develop their literary competence, and that it contributes
to their cultural socialization. To this end, a didactic theory is set out in seven
axioms that enables literature and reading of books to be firmly anchored in
the curriculum. The article concludes with the axiom that for good (literature)
education a strong professional community of teachers, teacher trainers and
university specialists is necessary.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)359-393
Number of pages34
JournalNederlandse Letterkunde
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29-Nov-2018


  • literature education, Functions of literature education, reading motivation, literature didactics, professional community

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