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John Gordon

I am Reader in English Education at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. I am an experienced English teacher educator, and came into teaching as a secondary-phase specialist in English and Media up to A-level. I currently lead a professional Masters course in Shared Literary Reading, working and researching with teachers of reading in primary, secondary and higher education. I research literary study and literary reading in education, with a focus on oral narration, voiced literature and their relationship with interaction, learning and pedagogy. My recent projects have focussed on shared novel reading through classroom interaction, and A-level students’ involvement in arts-based research exploring regional identity through oral history techniques and filmmaking. I am the author of Researching Interpretive Talk around Literary Narrative Texts: Shared novel Reading (Routledge), A Pedagogy of Poetry (Trentham/) and Teaching English in Secondary Schools (Sage). I co-edited Preparing to Teach: Learning from Experience (Routledge), and contributed chapters to the collections Making Poetry Matter (Bloomsbury), Poetry and Childhood (Trentham), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Reading Practices and Perspectives (Bloomsbury), Preparing to Teach in Secondary Schools (OUP) and Challenges to Teacher Education in Difficult Economic Times (Routledge).

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English in Education

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