Literature and Personal Growth: A Look to the Future
In this chapter, the authors describe how the study of literature can support personal growth but also how specifically it can encourage personal growth to meet future needs and challenges. Literature allows personal growth to happen incidentally and unconsciously through the pleasurable experience of reading or producing a variety of literary texts. However, personal growth through literature can also be a very focused and conscious activity if we target particular twenty-first century skills in the texts and tasks we choose. Through person-centred and needs-based approaches, literary texts can encourage students to think critically and creatively, be collaborative, solve problems, and employ multiple intelligences. Creation of one’s own literary texts can lead to self-discovery, self-understanding, and self-expression.
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