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Yandell, John; Coles, Jane; Bryer, Theo – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2020
Every year since 2007, the Globe Theatre has run the "Playing Shakespeare" project, largely funded by Deutsche Bank. This has three main components: school-based workshops, CPD sessions for teachers and free performances for school students. From 2014 to 2016, we were commissioned to evaluate this project. In what follows, we reflect on…
Descriptors: Drama, Reflection, Foreign Countries, Program Evaluation
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Yandell, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2019
What is the relation between research and teaching? Are they entirely distinct activities -- and should they remain so? What is the relation between research and teachers? Should teachers be positioned as either the objects or the recipients of research that is conducted by specialists, researchers who possess categorically different forms of…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Teacher Researchers, Educational Research, Expertise
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Yandell, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2017
British Conservatives happily acknowledge the debt that they owe to E.D. Hirsch. To understand the nature of their curricular project, and how it is located within the wider goals of education and social policy, we need to attend carefully to the character of this transatlantic borrowing. Its emphases and omissions reveal much about the…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Educational Objectives, Public Policy, Nationalism
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Yandell, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2014
Two recent books, "English Teachers in a Postwar Democracy: Emerging Choice in London Schools, 1945-1965" and "The London Association for the Teaching of English, 1947-67: A History," explore an important period in the development of English as a school subject and in the remaking of the professional identity of English…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Educational History, Democracy, English Instruction
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Yandell, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
This essay takes as its starting-point the recent announcement that GCSE English, the high-stakes test taken by 16-year-olds in England, will no longer include the assessment of speaking and listening. It attempts to place this decision, and other recent policy interventions that will have an impact on how talk in the classroom is conceptualised…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Secondary School Students, Speech Skills, Listening Skills
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Yandell, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2012
What does reading look like? Can learning to read be reduced to the acquisition of a set of isolable skills, or proficiency in reading be equated with the independence of the solitary, silent reader of prose fiction? These conceptions of reading and reading development, which figure strongly in educational policy, may appear to be simple common…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Reading Strategies, Literacy, Reading Skills
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Yandell, John – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2010
The Labour Party has been in power for the past 13 years in the UK. What is its legacy in education? What have been the salient aspects of its policy interventions, and what impact have these policies had on the practice of English teachers? With its assumption of a straightforward correlation between education and economic development, New…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Role of Education, Government Role, Politics of Education