Harold Rosen

Writings on Life, Language and Learning, 1958–2008

Edited by John Richmond
March 2017
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  • Publisher
    UCL IOE Press
  • Published
    29th March 2017
  • ISBN 9781782771890
  • Language English
  • Pages 582 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.5"
  • Images photos

Harold Rosen was a leader of thought in the world of English teaching in the second half of the twentieth century. He and his colleagues forged and sustained a new understanding of the purpose and possibilities of the subject English within the school curriculum. Beyond the constituency of people teaching English in secondary schools, Harold’s teachings, writings and activities illuminated many more people’s understanding of the relationship between language and learning in any context, whatever the age of the learner and the content of the learning. This tribute to Harold’s life and work contains over 50 pieces of his writing. Harold’s educational writings are grouped under three headings:

* The politics of language and English teaching
* The role of language in learning
* Story

Interspersed among the educational writings are some of Harold’s stories and poems.

"This is a most welcome bringing-together of the writings of one of the most admired and influential thinkers and doers in the world of English teaching and language education in the second half of the 20th century."

Professor Ronald Carter, School of English, University of Nottingham and Cambridge Language Sciences, University of Cambridge

"John Richmond has done readers a service in compiling this book. It is a tonic to read not only Harold Rosen’s academic work but his stories and poems, too. Those of us who knew Harold will enjoy hearing his voice again; those who have not yet met him will relish the wit, incisiveness and principle of this remarkable man. He is captured here reminiscing about his childhood, telling stories, showing fierce commitment to diversity and equity in his academic writings, and wisely thoughtful about narrative and life in his later years. This collection brings honour to the word 'troublesome', reminding readers that challenge and critique are essential to ensure a fair and equitable education for all our children – and all our sakes."

Eve Bearne, United Kingdom Literacy Association

"It is marvelous that John Richmond has assembled this fine collection of the writings of Harold Rosen. As a founder member of the London Association for the Teaching of English, and professor at the Institute of Education, University of London, Harold had an enormous influence on our understanding of the relationship between language and learning. We can see here that he was also a talented poet and story writer. A reader of this collection will appreciate the great contribution Harold Rosen made to education, language and literature."

Professor Neil Mercer, University of Cambridge

About the Editor

First Interlude
On the Road
Comrade Rosie Rosen

Part 1: The Politics of Language and English Teaching
Language and Class: A Critical Look at the Theories of Basil Bernstein
A Social View of Language in School
Out There or Where the Masons Went
Multicultural Education and the English Teacher
Neither Bleak House nor Liberty Hall: English in the Curriculum
The Language Monitors – A Critique of the Assessment of Performance Unit’s Primary Survey Report ‘Language Performance in Schools’
Language and the Education of the Working Class
The Voices of Communities and Language in Classrooms: a Review of Shirley Brice Heath’s Ways with Words
Struck by a Particular Gap
Some Notes on the Idea of Culture
The Nationalisation of English
The Whole Story?

Second Interlude
St Bernard
Haimishe Fish

Part 2: The Role of Language in Learning
The Walworth School English Syllabus
The Language of Textbooks
Towards a Language Policy Across the Curriculum
A Language Policy Across the Curriculum
Messages and Message-makers
Sense of Audience
‘Turn Research Upside Down’
The Dramatic Mode
Language Diversity as Part of the Language Curriculum
Language across the Curriculum: a Changing Agenda
The Politics of Writing

Third Interlude
Barn Owl
Maginot Line
Old Ladies in the Pyrenees

Part 3: Story
Stories and Meanings
The Importance of Story
The Autobiographical Impulse
Troublesome Boy
Stories of Stories: Footnotes on Sly Gossipy Practices
Talk as Autobiography
Zeider and the Suit
Isaak Babel and the Bird
How many Genres in Narrative?
We are our Stories
The Two Frogs
Autobiographical Memory
For Beatrice Hastings
A Necessary Myth: Cable Street Revisited
Narrative in Intercultural Education

Bell-pulls at The Adlon
The Dinosaur and the Professor
In the SS barracks, 1945

John Richmond

John Richmond has been an English teacher, a local authority advisor, an officer on national curriculum development projects in the UK, and a commissioning editor in educational television in the UK and USA.