Classical rhetoric in Scottish classrooms: an opportunity to cultivate responsible citizenship?
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Dr Holmes-Henderson will examine how the Classical rhetorical method can be used to underpin and enrich school learners' development of speaking and listening skills. She will demonstrate how, through the construction and deconstruction of speech, learners become adept at articulating eloquently their own positions while engaging critically with the views of others. By engaging with the multiple conceptions of citizenship outlined in Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence, she will investigate how the study of Classical rhetoric can contribute to their fulfilment.
Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson is Senior Research Fellow on the AHRC Speaking Citizens Project and co-director of the national Advocating Classics Education project at King's College London. A former school teacher in Scotland, she has professional experience of curriculum design, implementation and review across the UK, and internationally. She is the Outreach Officer of the Classical Association, a member of the Roman Society's Schools' Committee and she sits on the British Curriculum Forum steering group. She is currently writing Ancient History and Classical Civilisation in British Secondary Education with Edith Hall and James Corke-Webster (forthcoming, Liverpool Classical Press 2021/22).