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
2 The Newbolt Report and its contexts
3 Colleagues in collaboration: The story behind Newbolt's Committee
4 A tale of two committees: Newbolt illuminated through the Cox models
5 Speaking silently: Voice poverty and The Newbolt Report
6 The 'spirit' of Newbolt: Education, war and technology
Part II: Newbolt, language and literature
7 Newbolt, language and literature: Introduction
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
10 The Newbolt Report: The art of the progressive
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
14 The Newbolt Report: Discussing empire, race and racism in the classroom
15 Diversity and The Newbolt Report
16 'The right sort of reading': Three post-Newbolt anthologies as libraries in parvo and pedagogic prompt-books
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
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 is a Senior Lecturer in English Education at Brunel University London, UK.