As the dust begins to settle on recent curriculum and examination reform in English secondary education, we invite you to a roundtable event to discuss the after-effects on the teaching of literature in secondary schools. Three provocations on... [...]
English in Education
The English in Education SIG will provide a forum for researchers to investigate what is a broad and complex area of knowledge – its starting point is the school subject of English — but it will embrace many aspects of the subject as it exists in all phases of education and include all of initial teacher training concerned with English teachers. English includes the four language modes, reading, writing, speaking and listening which can be addressed separately but can also be treated as elements of the holistic subject; it embraces literacy but literacy of an emancipatory and critical kind.
English pays particular attention to the teaching of language in schools and there are certain linguistic elements that tend to get high profile attention such as grammar and spelling and its scope extends to the kind of linguistics taught in English Language ‘A’ level. There is also a very strong focus on texts of all kinds, especially literary texts but usually including ‘viewing’ in a broad sense, sometimes called Media Education — and these areas shade into digital literacy and uses of technology. There is a continuous and fierce debate about what constitutes English now, but also it has a problematic history as a subject and an always contested and developing future. English is generally viewed as the most important of all school subjects in many countries, in the UK it shares many commonalities therefore with both subject English in those countries and with mother tongue education everywhere; it therefore has a very important international and comparative dimension. Whatever else, it is a subject that needs much more research and evidence to support what is truly good practice in the teaching and studying of English.
The English in Education SIG will connect usefully with other associations – research e.g. AERA , EERA and professional e.g. NATE, UKLA and The English Association and also The International Association for Research into L1 teaching.
Latest SIG Content
English teaching and the recruitment crisis: ‘Remembrance of times past’ – but considering times future
The English in Education SIG held its first research seminar on 15 February – an excellent occasion featuring Dr Simon Gibbons of UCL. Simon’s research has focussed on the history of English teaching in secondary schools and his two books,... [...]
Aimed at researchers, doctoral students, teacher educators and school teachers, this conference seeks to provide a showcase for relevant research in the region – especially that of teachers in local schools. Call for papers We are... [...]
Contesting the territory: How English teachers in England and Australia are remaining resilient and creative in constraining times
RESEARCH SEMINAR – Andy Goodwyn This paper reports on a study that explored the ways English and literacy educators seek to find a balance between external expectations, contemporary pressures, professional aspirations, and personal values in... [...]
Literature’s lasting impression: what can memories of reading at school tell us about teaching with novels today?
RESEARCH SEMINAR – John Gordon Most people remember ‘reading round the class’. Typically, discussion develops as classes share a book together, students elaborating responses collectively under teachers’ guidance. The approach has been... [...]
Research Seminar - Simon Gibbons In this seminar Simon will draw on two related research projects, linked by a focus on the history of the development of English teaching, curriculum and assessment in England’s secondary schools. Drawing on... [...]