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1st Edition

The New Newbolt Report
One Hundred Years of Teaching English in England

Edited By

Andrew Green

ISBN 9780367694586
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
250 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 twenty-first 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 Acknowledgement

List of contributors

Part I: Contexts for Newbolt

1 Contexts for Newbolt: Introduction

Andrew Green

2 The Newbolt Report and its contexts

Simon Gibbons

3 Colleagues in collaboration: The story behind Newbolt's Committee

Lorna Smith

4 A tale of two committees: Newbolt illuminated through the Cox models

Andy Goodwyn

5 Speaking silently: Voice poverty and The Newbolt Report

Nicholas McGuinn

6 The 'spirit' of Newbolt: Education, war and technology

David Aldridge

Part II: Newbolt, language and literature

7 Newbolt, language and literature: Introduction

Andrew Green

8 'Evil habits of speech' and 'correct grammar': A genealogy of language ideologies in Newbolt and contemporary education policy

Ian Cushing and Jen Pye

9 While waiting for the poet: Speech and conversation in The Newbolt Report

Ben Knights

10 The Newbolt Report: The art of the progressive

Bethan Marshall

11 Primum mobile: The genesis of The Newbolt Report

John Hodgson and Ann Harris

12 Transporting English(ness): The influence of The Newbolt Report on the subject of English in secondary schools in AustraliaJacqueline Manuel

Part III: Newbolt and education

13 Newbolt and education: Introduction

Andrew Green

14 The Newbolt Report: Discussing empire, race and racism in the classroom

Lesley Nelson-Addy

15 Diversity and The Newbolt Report

John Perry

16 'The right sort of reading': Three post-Newbolt anthologies as libraries in parvo and pedagogic prompt-books

Roger Dalrymple

17 A century of teaching creative writing in schools

Francis Gilbert and Vicky Macleroy

18 The purpose of education and the persistence of a silenced debate: Reflections on the teaching of English

Jennifer Hennessy

19 The significance of emotion in English literature teaching: From Newbolt to today

Megan Mansworth and Marcello Giovanelli

Afterword: The New Newbolt: A vision from the past or a vision for the future?

Andrew Green

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Andrew Green is a Senior Lecturer in English Education at Brunel University London, UK.