English and its Teachers: A history of pedagogy, policy and practice

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English and Its Teachers offers a historical overview of the development of secondary English teaching in schools over the past 50 years. Initially charting the rise of a new progressive approach in the 1960s, the book then considers the implications for the subject and its teachers of three decades of central policy intervention. Throughout, document and interview data are combined to construct a narrative that details the fascinating and, at times, turbulent history.

The book is divided into two main parts - 'The age of invention' and 'The age of intervention'. The first of these sections details how innovative English teachers and academics helped to develop a new model. The second section explores how successive governments have sought to shape English through policy. A final part draws comparisons with the teaching of the subject in other major English-speaking nations and considers what the future might hold.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages174
ISBN (Electronic)9781317363897
ISBN (Print)9781138948921, 9781138948938
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2017

Publication series

NameNational Association for the Teaching of English NATE


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