Professor Andy Goodwyn

Head of School of Education & English Language

Professor Andy Goodwyn

I taught English in secondary schools for 10 years, spending 1 year teaching in the USA. I became PGCE English course leader at The University of Reading in 1988, course leader of the MA in English and Language in Education in 1990, Head of Continuing Professional Development 2002- 2006, Director of Teaching and Learning, Deputy Head of School, 2002- 2007, appointed Professor in 2005, and was Head of School from 2005-2015. I remain Emeritus Professor at Reading.

I worked as Director of Research at The Centre for Research and Evidence in Education 2016-17. I have been active in The National Association for the Teaching of English, being Chair 2009-11. I am President of the International Federation for the Teaching of English and I was one of the founders of The International Association for the Improvement of Mother Tongue Education in 1999 [now ARLE].

My other major area of research is teacher expertise, my most recent book about expert teaching is Expert Teaching: an international perspective, Routledge 2016. In the field of English, my latest book is: Goodwyn, A., Durrant, C., Sawyer, W., Zancanella, D. & Scherff, E. (Eds.). The Future of English teaching worldwide and its histories: celebrating 50 years from the Dartmouth conference. London, Routledge. (June 2018)

As well as NATE, for whom I am the Research Officer, I am an active member of The British Educational Research Association, The American Educational Research Association, The European Educational Research Association, The Australian Association for the Teaching of English and The National Council for The Teaching of English (USA), and try to present regularly at their [and other] conferences. I have worked extensively and developed projects with organisations and universities internationally. In September 2017 I launched the BERA Special Interest Group ‘English in Education’ of which I am convenor.

Qualifications

  • BA English Language and Literature - University of Reading
  • MA Victorian Literature and its Background - University of Leicester
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (with Merit) - University of Reading
  • PhD by publication - University of Reading
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts

Teaching Expertise

Theory and practice of English teaching as a first language, The values and purposes of English as a school subject and the professional identities of English teachers, Literacy, Literary reading [how and why we read and learn from literature], Darwinian perspectives on culture and specifically literature. Media Education, The development of expertise, Expert teachers, policy and practice, Information and Communications Technology in improving teaching and learning, digital literacies.

Research Interests

  • The investigation of the conceptualisation of English as a school subject combined with understanding the values and professional identities of English teachers and student teachers.
  • A second strand is researching what we mean by 'expert teaching' and examining the various models that have been developed around the world.
  • My third area is the dynamic relationship between education and new technologies and what we mean by ‘digital literacy’.

Current and Recent Projects

  • Evaluating the Schoolreaders programme [Bedford based Charity] (2020-2022)
  • Who is leading English? Investigating the emergence of the Lead Practitioners of English phenomenon. NATE and IRED (2019-21)
  • The state of English teaching – a national survey The National Association for the Teaching of English/BERA (2019-2020)
  • Textual Matters: the feelings of L1 English teachers, student teachers and school students about why certain texts truly 'matter' personally and in society'. (2019-2020)
  • Investigating the development of The Chartered College for Teaching [CCT] (2018-19)
  • Visions, versions and revisions of English – an international perspective (2016-2019)
  • Voices from the contested territories of English and literacy education in times of change: a comparative study of Australia and England. In collaboration with Dr. Kerrie O’Sullivan, Macquarie University, Sydney. (2017-2019)
  • English teachers and literary subject knowledge: a comparative study of Australia and England : Australian Council for Educational Research (2015-2018)
  • Senior Leaders in schools and their perspectives on the future of expert teaching – phase 2 (2015-2016)
  • Futures of English Project (2014-2015)
  • Senior Leaders in schools and the future of expert teaching – phase 1

External Roles

  • Journal Editorial Boards: L1: Educational Studies of Language and Literature, English Teaching: Practice and Critique, The International Journal of Media Education, English in Education, English in Australia, Literacy, Learning Research and Practice
  • Journal Article Reviewer: Research in the Teaching of English, English Education, The Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, The International Journal of Learning and Media, The Journal of Education for Teaching, The British Journal of Educational Technology. The British Journal of Educational Studies, The Education Review, Education, Communication, Information, Changing English
  • External Examiner: Professional Doctorate in Multi-professional Practice, Newman University (2015-2020)
  • External Examiner: MA in Education, The University of Durham (2015-2020)
  • External Examiner: UG degree, RMAS Sandhurst Academy (2015-2017)
  • External Examiner: MA in Media, Culture and Education, The Institute of Education, London (2009-2014)
  • External Examiner: Recent PhD and EdD examiner [2016-2020] at Exeter University, Durham University, University College London, University of Bath Spa, Griffith University Melbourne, Kings College London , University of Bath [twice] Edith Cowan University, University of Staffordshire, University of Reading [3 times]University of Sydney, University of East Anglia, University of Liverpool.

Recent Publications

  • Goodwyn, A. (2018) ‘Evolution of L1 English as school subject’ in Ontologies of English Reconceptualising the language for learning, teaching, and assessment. [Eds] Hall, C.J. and Wicaksono, R., [Eds] Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
  • Wearmouth, J. & Goodwyn, A. (2019) (Eds) Student and Teacher Voice. London. Routledge
  • Goodwyn, A. (2020) Educating Willy and Frank: teaching ‘Educating Rita’ in Shoffner, M.& Richard St. Peter Teacher Representations in Dramatic Text and Performance, Ch.2 pp. 34-39. St. Peter. New York: Routledge.
  • Goodwyn, A. (2019) [5th Ed.] ‘Media Literacy and English’, in How to Teach English in the Secondary School. (ed) J. Davidson et al. London Routledge. Ch. 8. pp. 119-135.
  • Goodwyn, A. (2019) ‘A voice for advancing the profession of teaching’. In Wearmouth, J. & Goodwyn, A. (2019) (Eds) Student and Teacher Voice. Ch.8, pp. 123-129. London. Routledge.
  • Goodwyn, A. ( September 2019) ‘Adaptive agency: some surviving and some thriving in interesting times’. Invited Paper to English Teaching Practice and Critique – special issue on teacher agency. Vol, 18. Issue 2. pp. 21-35.
  • Goodwyn, A. [2019] English teachers as researchers, from reflecting on practice to researching into practice. The English Magazine, Summer 2019.
  • Goodwyn, A. (2019) What’s in a name? who is leading the subject of English - and where are they taking it? The English Magazine. Spring, 2019. London, NATE.
  • Goodwyn. A [2019]. How teachers with ‘authentic’ expertise fully connect with their students in adapting technology for improved teaching and learning. Impact: journal of the Chartered College of Teaching, Issue 6. [January 2019 Published online]
  • Enow, L & Goodwyn, A. (2018). The invisible plan: how English teachers develop their expertise and the special place of adapting the skills of lesson planning. English in Education. Vol 52. Issue 2. pp.120-134.
  • 2018-19 Goodwyn, A., Durrant, C., Sawyer, W., Zancanella, D. & Scherff, E. (Eds.). The Future of English teaching worldwide and its histories: celebrating 50 years from the Dartmouth conference. London, Routledge. (June 2018)
  • Goodwyn, A., Durrant. C and Reid, L [Eds] International perspectives on the teaching of Literature, Routledge, April 2017
  • Goodwyn, A., Expert Teachers: an International Perspective, London: Routledge, Falmer, December 2016
  • Goodwyn, A. (2017) A critique of the National Curriculum for English, Goodwyn, A., Durrant. C and Reid, L [Eds] International perspectives on the teaching of Literature, Routledge.
  • Goodwyn, A. (2015) Is it still King Lear? The e-reader: the phenomenon of the Kindle and other reading devices’, (Eds) Tzu-Bin, Chen, Victor and Chai, Ching Sing, New Media and Learning in the 21st Century: A socio-cultural perspective, London, Springer.
  • Goodwyn, A. (2014) English and Literacy in Education – National Policies. In Leung, C and Street, B. eds. The Routledge Companion to English Language Studies, London, Routledge.
  • Goodwyn, A. (2017). From Personal Growth (1966) to Personal Growth and Social Agency – proposing an invigorated model for the 21st Century, English in Australia, 52(1), 66-73.
  • Goodwyn, A. (2017). And now for something completely different … A Critique of the National Curriculum for English in England: a new rationale for teaching literature based on Darwinian Literary Theory. The Use of English, 68(2), 9-22.
  • Enow, L & Goodwyn, A, (January, 2017). Multimethod Study: Secondary English Teacher Cognition, SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473993976.
  • Goodwyn, A. (2016). Still growing after all these years? The Resilience of the ‘Personal Growth model of English’ in England and also internationally. English Teaching, practice and critique. 15(2), 7-21.
  • Goodwyn, A. & Cordingley, P. (2016). The Potential of Chartered Teacher Status, Education Today. 66 (2), 21-44.

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