The New Newbolt Report
One Hundred Years of Teaching English in England
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This book offers a pivotal re-evaluation of English teaching one century on from The Newbolt Report of 1921, responding to this seminal work and exploring its impact on issues and contemporary aims of English teaching today.
Bringing together a range of experts in English higher education, the book provides a 21st century inflection on the enduring issues highlighted by Newbolt’s original report. It examines topics including the demands of assessment, the narrowing of the literary curriculum, the impact of education reform, targets related to social mobility, class and widening participation, as well as broader questions about the function of literature and the arts in education. Chapters also consider issues surrounding the promotion of community cohesion, diversity and how technological advances might reshape literary education.
This unique re-evaluation of the achievements and findings of the Newbolt Commission will be essential reading for those researching English education and the history of education.
Table of Contents
Series Editor’s Introduction
Preface– The New Newbolt
Part 1: Contexts for Newbolt
Chapter 1 – Contexts for Newbolt: Introduction
Chapter 2 – The Newbolt Report and its Contexts
Chapter 3 – Colleagues in collaboration: the story behind Newbolt’s Committee
Chapter 4 – A Tale of two committees: Newbolt illuminated through the Cox models
Chapter 5 – Speaking silently: voice poverty and The Newbolt Report
Chapter 6 – The ‘Spirit’ of Newbolt: Education, War and Technology
Part 2: Newbolt, Language & Literature
Chapter 7 – Newbolt, Language & Literature: Introduction
Chapter 8 – ‘Evil habits of speech’ and ‘correct grammar’: a genealogy of language ideologies in Newbolt and contemporary education policy
Ian Cushing and Jen Pye
Chapter 9 – While Waiting for the Poet: Speech and Conversation in The Newbolt Report
Chapter 10 – The Newbolt Report: The art of the progressive
Chapter 11 – Primum mobile: the genesis of The Newbolt Report
John Hodgson & Ann Harris,
Chapter 12 – Transporting English(ness): The Influence of The Newbolt Report on the Subject of English in Secondary Schools in Australia
Part 3: Newbolt and Education
Chapter 13 – Newbolt and Education: Introduction
Chapter 14 – The Newbolt Report: Discussing Empire, race and racism in the classroom
Chapter 15 – Diversity and the Newbolt Report
Chapter 16 – ‘The right sort of reading’: three post-Newbolt anthologies as libraries in parvo and pedagogic prompt-books
Chapter 17 – A Century of Teaching Creative Writing in Schools
Francis Gilbert & Vicky Macleroy
Chapter 18 – The Purpose of Education and The Persistence of a Silenced Debate: Reflections on the teaching of English
Chapter 19 – The significance of emotion in English literature teaching: from Newbolt to today
Megan Mansworth & Marcello Giovanelli
Afterword – The New Newbolt: A Vision from the past or a vision for the future?
Andrew Green is Senior Lecturer in English Education at Brunel University, UK.