Biography

I received my MA in History and my M. Phil and PhD in Educational History from the University of Cambridge where I was also a Research and Teaching Assistant.
I was appointed to the staff at the University of Keele in September 2011 and commenced my post Jan 1st, 2012.

Research and scholarship

My research interest areas cover

  • History of Education
  • Progressive Education
  • Comparative Education
  • Victorian and Twentieth Century Poetry

I have two broad areas of academic interest. In the main, I am an historian of education and have published widely in the field. I am, in addition, one of the country’s leading editors of Victorian and twentieth century poetry and have produced, to date, six scholarly editions with more in press. 

Teaching

I have taught on a wide range of modules since my time at Keele including:

Undergraduate Modules

  • EDU – 10030: Back to the Future: Issues in the History of Schooling (Module Leader)
  • EDU - 10030: Education in Britain: Past, Present and Future (Module Leader)
  • EDU - 20022: Comparative Issues in British and US Education (Module Leader)
  • EDU - 20020: Research Strategies and Methods in Education (Module Leader)
  • EDU - 20023: Play, Power and Pedagogy (Module Leader)
  • EDU - 20024: Education Matters: Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education (Module Leader)
  • EDU – 20029: Education Placement (Module Leader)
  • EDU – 20031: Progressive Education and its Discontents (Module Creator and Leader)
  • EDU - 10029: Childhood Policy and Education (Former Co-convener)
  • EDU – 20021: Issues in Public Education (Contributor)
  • EDU – 30071: Independent Research Project (Contributor and dissertation supervisor)

Professional Doctorate Modules

  • EDU – 40016: Prof Doc: Introduction to Theories and Methods as a Reflective Practitioner-Researcher (Module Leader)
  • EDU - 40017: Prof Doc: Research Methods and Evaluation (Module Leader)
  • EDU – 40032: Prof Doc: Critical Theories and Analytical Perspectives in Education (Module Leader)
  • EDU – 50001: Prof Doc: Preparing and Presenting a Thesis Proposal (Module Leader, Progression Chair and Panellist)

Other Masters Modules

  • EDU – 40015: MA Education: Research Methods (Module Leader)
  • TLHE – 05 MA HEP: Teaching Reflectively in Higher Education (Module Leader)
  • TLHE- 04 MA HEP: Design and Development in Higher Education (Contributor)

Further information

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Fellow of the HE Academy
  • BERA
  • History of Education Society (UK)
  • Historical Association

Reviewing

I have acted as a referee and reviewer for Paedagogica Historica and History of Education and a reviewer for SAGE publications, Routledge, Bloomsbury, Exeter University Press, and Palgrave Macmillan. I have also acted as an external assessor for the AHRC.

 

1 Books

1.1 Authored books

 

 

  • HOWLETT. J. (2013) Progressive Education: a Critical Introduction (London, Bloomsbury Publishing), pp. 312.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2016) Edmond Holmes and Progressive Education (London, Routledge Press), pp. 196.
  • HOWLETT, J. (in press) Challenging the Orthodox: The Development of Progressive Education in the United Kingdom 1850-1950 (London, Routledge), pp. 196.

 

1.2 Edited Collections

 

  • HOWLETT, J. (2016) Selected Poems and Prose of Edmond Holmes (New York, Farleigh Dickenson University Press), pp. 200 including 10000 word Introduction and 7000 critical notes.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2017) Invictus: Selected Poems and Prose of W.E. Henley (Hove, Sussex Academic Press), pp. 200 including 13000 word introduction and 5000 word critical notes.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2017) Collected Poems of Clere Parsons (Beeston: Shoestring Press), pp. 72.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2021) At the Dark Hour: Collected Poems of Paul Dehn 1935-1965 (Hove, Waterloo Press), pp. 162 including 5500 word introduction.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2021) Selected Poems of James Reeves (London, Greenwich Exchange Press), pp. 150 including 5000 word introduction.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2021) For Johnny: Selected Poems of John Pudney (Brighton, DareGale Press), pp. 120 including 4000 word introduction.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2017) Playing the Game: Selected Poems of Henry Newbolt (Hove, Sussex Academic Press), pp. 200 including 14000 word introduction and 5000 word critical notes.

 

1.3. Chapters in books

 

  • HOWLETT, J. (2021) Caldwell Cook, Play and the Perse, in: J. Howlett and A. Palmer (Eds) English Pioneers in Arts Education: Unfolding Creativity 1870-1939 (London, Palgrave Macmillan) pp. 148-168.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2021) Harriet Finlay-Johnson and the lite school on the Downs, in: J. Howlett and A. Palmer (Eds) English Pioneers in Arts Education: Unfolding Creativity 1870-1939 (London, Palgrave Macmillan) pp. 125-146.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2021) Introduction, in: J. Howlett and A. Palmer (Eds) English Pioneers in Arts Education: Unfolding Creativity 1870-1939 (London, Palgrave Macmillan) pp. 1-30.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2021) Conclusion, in: J. Howlett and A. Palmer (Eds) English Pioneers in Arts Education: Unfolding Creativity 1870-1939 (London, Palgrave Macmillan) pp. 236-253.

 

2 Articles

2.1 Peer-reviewed journals

 

  • HOWLETT, J. (in press, 2022) The Re-inventing of Tradition; the democratic thinking of Simpson of Rendcomb. History of Education 2022
  • HOWLETT, J. (in press, 2022) The War Poetry of Henry Newbolt. War Poetry Review. The Journal of the War Poets Association 2022
  • HOWLETT, J. (in press, 2022) Freedom, Differentialism, and the Partnership Method: The Progressive Education of Norman MacMunn. History of Education 2022
  • HOWLETT, J. (2021) John Pudney, War Poetry Review. The Journal of the War Poets Association 2021, pp. 36-53.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2021) The Educational Thought and Spiritual Life of Victor Lytton, History of Education, 50 (2), pp. 184-208.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2019) Henry Caldwell Cook, Creativity and Democratic Learning, History of Education Review 48 (2), pp.227-241.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2017) The Formation, Development and Contribution of the New Ideals in Education Conferences, 1914 – 1937, History of Education 46 (4), pp.459-479.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2011) Quentin Skinner, Intentionality and the History of Education, Paedagogica Historica 47 (3), pp. 415 – 433.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2012) Actions Speak Louder than Words: An Application on Intentionality to History of Education 2, History of Education Researcher 90, pp. 97 – 109.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2010) Good Intentions Count: An Application of Intentionality to the History of Education, History of Education Researcher 86, pp. 61 – 71.
  • HOWLETT, J. (2010) Method in the Meaning: Intentionality and the Re-visioning of Progressivism, History of Education Researcher 85 pp.11-18.

 

3 Book reviews and other publications

 

  • Howlett, J. (2013) Review of Ian Abbott, Michael Rathbone and Paul Whitehead, Education Policy (London, SAGE Publications), British Journal of Education Studies, 61(4), pp. 494-495.
  • Howlett, J. (2014) Paired Review of James M. Banner Jr., Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press) and J.H. Elliott, History in the Making (New Haven, Yale University Press), History of Education, 44(2), pp. 251-255.
  • Howlett, J. (2015) Review of Barnita Bagchi (Ed), Eckhardt Fuchs (Ed) and Kate Rousmaniere (Ed) Connecting Histories of Education: Transnational and Cross-Cultural Exchanges in (Post)colonial Education (New York, Berghahn Books), Cambridge Journal of Education 45(4), pp. 558 – 560.
  • Howlett, J. (2016) Review of David Turner, The Old Boys: The Decline and Rise of the Public School (New Haven, Yale University Press), Journal of British Studies, 55(1), pp. 203-204.
  • Howlett, J. (2016) Review of Tom O’Donoghue and Judith Harford, Secondary School Education in Ireland: Histories, Memories and Life Stories, 1922-1967 (London, Palgrave Macmillan), History of Education, 44(1), pp. 139-141.
  • Howlett, J. (2016) Review of Ken Jones, Education in Britain 1944-2014 2nd edition (Cambridge, Polity Press), History of Education, 46(3), pp. 410-411.
  • Howlett, J. (2018) Review of Mustafa Eryaman (Ed) and Bertram Bruce (Ed), International Handbook of Progressive Education (New York, Peter Lang Publishing), Other Education – the journal of Educational Alternatives 7(1), pp. 71-74.
  • Howlett, J. (2017) Review of John Cannon, Schooling in England 1660-1850 – Part I: Introduction ‘a Noiseless Revolution’ and Part II: the Gazetteer of English Schools (List and Index Society), History of Education, 47(3), pp. 436-438.
  • Howlett, J. (2017) Review of Brendan Walsh (Ed), Essays in the History of Irish Education (London, Palgrave Macmillan), History of Education, 47(4), pp. 570-572.
  • Howlett, J. (2017) Review of Philip Dixon, Testing Times: Success, Failure and Fiasco in Welsh Education Policy since Devolution (Cardiff, Welsh Academic Press), British Journal of Education Studies, 66 (2), pp. 278-280.
  • Howlett, J. (2018) Review of Agnieszka Bates, Transforming Education: Meaning, Myths and Complexity (London, Routledge Press), British Journal of Education Studies, 66(3), pp. 414-416.
  • Howlett, J. (2018) Review of Gary McCulloch and Stevan Cowan, A Social History of Educational Studies and Research in History of Education (London, Routledge Press), 48(3), pp. 422-424.
  • Howlett, J. (2019) Review of Peter Gronn, Just As I Am: A Life of J.R. Darling (London, Hardie Grant Publishing), History of Education 49 (5), pp. 729-731.
  • Howlett, J. (2019) Review of Bryan Caplan, The Case Against Education: why the Education System is a waste of Time and Money (Princetown, Princeton University Press), British Journal of Education Studies, 67(4), pp.561-563.
  • Howlett, J. (2019) Review of Jane Kenway (Ed), Johannah Fahey (Ed), Aaron Koh (Ed), Cameron McCarthy (Ed) and Fazal Rizvi (Ed), Class Choreographies. Elite Schools and Globalization (London, Palgrave Macmillan), British Journal of Education Studies, 68 (1), pp. 135-137.
  • Howlett, J. (2020) Review of Helen Loader, Mrs Humphrey Ward and Greenian Philosophy (London, Palgrave Macmillan), in History of Education, 50(2), pp. 284-286.
  • Howlett, J. (2020) Review of Michael Shattock and Aniko Horvath The Governance of British Higher Education: The Impact of Governmental, Financial, and Market Pressures (London: Bloomsbury Academic), in British Journal of Education Studies 69(1), pp. 129-131.
  • Howlett, J. (2021) Review of Tina Bruce, Friedrich Froebel. A Critical Introduction to Key Themes and Debates (London, Bloomsbury Academic), The Curriculum Journal, 32(4), pp.758-759.
  • Howlett, J. (in press 2021) Norman MacMunn. The Staffordian: The Magazine for King Edward VI Alumni, 4000 words.
  • Howlett, J. (2012, November) The 150-year Battle to Improve Britain’s Schools, BBC History Magazine (interview).
  • Howlett, J. (2018, August) The Historians View: Do Grammar Schools have a Future as well as a Past?, BBC History Magazine (debate piece)
  • Howlett, J. (2016) Introduction to E. Holmes, Freedom and Growth and Other Essays, London, Routledge Revivals)
  • Howlett, J. (2010) A Graduate’s Tale in P. Warner and P. Raby (Eds) Homerton: Evolution of Cambridge College (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press), pp. 47-53.

4 Web-based internet resources

  • Howlett, J. (2021) James Herbert Simpson (1883-1959) as part of Oxford University Press’s Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Howlett, J. (2021) Progressive Education (100 entries) as part of Oxford University Press’s Oxford Bibliographies series.

 

Selected Publications

  • Howlett J. Freedom, differentialism and the partnership method: the progressive education of Norman MacMunn. History of Education, 1-20. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Howlett J. Histories of everyday life: the making of popular social history in Britain, 1918–1979r. History of Education, 1-3. link> doi> link>
  • Howlett J. 2021. BOOK REVIEW: A Critical Introduction to Key Themes and Debates. The Curriculum Journal. doi> link>
  • Howlett J. 2021. The spiritual life and educational philosophy of Lord Lytton. History of Education, 1-18. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Howlett J. Conclusion: Arts Education Today. In Unfolding Creativity British Pioneers in Arts Education from 1890 to 1950. Springer Nature. link> doi> link>

Full Publications Listshow

Books

  • Howlett J. 2016. Selected Poetry and Prose of Edmond Holmes. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Howlett J. Edmond Holmes and Progressive Education. Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Howlett J. Freedom, differentialism and the partnership method: the progressive education of Norman MacMunn. History of Education, 1-20. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Howlett J. Histories of everyday life: the making of popular social history in Britain, 1918–1979r. History of Education, 1-3. link> doi> link>
  • Howlett J. 2021. BOOK REVIEW: A Critical Introduction to Key Themes and Debates. The Curriculum Journal. doi> link>
  • Howlett J. 2021. The spiritual life and educational philosophy of Lord Lytton. History of Education, 1-18. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Howlett J. 2020. The Governance of British Higher Education: The Impact of Governmental, Financial and Market Pressures. British Journal of Educational Studies. link> doi> link>
  • Howlett J. 2020. Mrs Humphrey Ward and Greenian philosophy. History of Education. link> doi> link>
  • Howlett J. 2020. Class Choreographies. Elite Schools and Globalization. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 135-137, vol. 68(1). link> doi>
  • Howlett J and Gronn P. 2019. BOOK REVIEW: Just as I am: a life of JR Darling. HISTORY OF EDUCATION. link> doi>
  • Howlett J. 2019. Henry Caldwell Cook, Creativity and Democratic Learning. History of Education Review, 227-241, vol. 48(2). doi> full text>
  • Howlett J. 2019. A social history of educational studies and research. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 422-424, vol. 48(3). link> doi> link>
  • Howlett J. 2018. Transforming education. Meanings, myths and complexity. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 414-416, vol. 66(3). link> doi>
  • Howlett J. 2018. Testing times. Success, failure and Fiasco in education policy in Wales since devolution. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 278-280, vol. 66(2). link> doi>
  • Howlett J. 2018. Schooling in England, 1660 to 1850-Part I: introduction "a noiseless revolution' and Part II: the gazetteer of English schools. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 436-438, vol. 47(3). link> doi>
  • Howlett J. 2018. Essays in the history of Irish education. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 570-572, vol. 47(4). link> doi>
  • Howlett J. 2017. The formation, development and contribution of the New Ideals in Education conferences, 1914-1937. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 459-479, vol. 46(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Howlett J. 2017. Education in Britain: 1944 to the present. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 410-411, vol. 46(3). link> doi>
  • Howlett J. 2016. The Old Boys: The Decline and Rise of the Public School. JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES, 203-204, vol. 55(1). link> doi> link>
  • Howlett J. 2015. Connecting histories of education: transnational and cross-cultural exchanges in (post) colonial education. CAMBRIDGE JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, 558-560, vol. 45(4). link> doi>
  • Howlett J. 2015. Being a historian: an introduction to the professional world of history. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 251-255, vol. 44(2). link>
  • Howlett J. 2015. Histories of social studies and race: 1865-2000. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 251-255, vol. 44(2). link>
  • Howlett J. 2013. Education policy. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 494-495, vol. 61(4). link> doi>
  • Howlett J and McDonald PJ. 2011. Quentin Skinner, Intentionality and the History of Education. Paedagogica Historica: international journal of the history of education, 415-433, vol. 47(3). doi>
  • Howlett J. 2010. Good Intentions Count: An Application of Intentionality to the History of Education. History of Education Researcher, 61-71, vol. 86.
  • Howlett J. 2010. Method in the Meaning: Intentionality and the Re-visioning of Progressivism. History of Education Researcher, 11-18.
  • Howlett J. 2017. Secondary school education in Ireland: histories, memories and life stories, 1922-1967. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 139-141, vol. 46(1). link> doi>

Chapters

  • Howlett J. Conclusion: Arts Education Today. In Unfolding Creativity British Pioneers in Arts Education from 1890 to 1950. Springer Nature. link> doi> link>
  • Howlett J and Palmer A. Introduction: Themes in Arts Education, 1890–1950. In Unfolding Creativity British Pioneers in Arts Education from 1890 to 1950. Springer Nature. link> doi> link>

Supervision

Successful Doctoral Students (as Lead Supervisor)

  • Joe Smith – ‘The Efficacy of Critical discourse Analysis in approaching responses to the 2013 History National Curriculum’. Completed 2015.
  • Paula Pope – ‘A Qualitative Study into Youth Workers Discourses of Professional Practice’. Completed 2016.
  • Duangkamol Chongcharoen – ‘Development of an Early Childhood Instructional Model in the context of the Child Development Centres under the Department of Local Administration - Thailand’. Completed 2019.

Successful Doctoral Students (as Second Supervisor)

  • Ibrahim Mohammed Gunu - ‘Discipline and Power in Ghanaian Schooling’. Completed 2015.
  • Nadena Doharty – ‘Black History Month programmes and Black History on the National Curriculum: A case study of two state-maintained secondary schools in England’. Completed 2015.

Successful M. Phil Students (as Lead Supervisor)

  • Sorrel Wood – ‘“No Gaze is Stable”: A Documentary Analysis of Representations of Culture and Cultural Identity in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.’ (Cambridge). Completed 2012.
  • Fiona Dutton – ‘How Young People make Meaning out of GCSE English Literature’ (Keele). Completed 2018.

Successful M. Res Students (as Lead Supervisor)

  • Rebecca Snape – “University Would be a Fantastic Opportunity”: Re-Addressing Discourses of Socioeconomic Disadvantage by Examining Pupils’ Perceptions of University Access’. Completed 2014.
  • Megan Jones – ‘Can you have a life outside of a teaching career? A study into the balancing of a teaching career with a family life.’ Completed 2015.
  • Zoe Emery – ‘Sociology in the School Curriculum’ (title to be finalized). Completing 2021.

Successful MA Students (as lead supervisor)

  • Andrea Sicignano – ‘A Critical Investigation into Practitioner Attitudes and Practices Within Forest Schools in England’. Completed 2020.
  • Haifa Monahi – ‘Expressions of femininity through e-learning: an assessment of female university students in Saudi Arabia’. Completed 2020.
  • Sonya Bedford – ‘Supporting Children with Attachment Disorders and Childhood Trauma in Schools: Are We Doing Enough?’. Completed 2020.
  • Kelly Ostle – ‘How effective is music in the Education and Development of Children?’ Completed 2021.
  • Matt Akers – ‘Primary and Secondary School e-learning in 2020: A case study’. Completed 2021.

Successful MA International Students (as lead supervisor)

  • Maria Clinton - ‘An Exploration of the Transition from a Montessori to a non-Montessori Classroom from the Perspectives of Parents, Teachers and Children.’ Completed 2018.
  • Andrew Melling – ‘An Investigation into Language Learning through Visual Pneumonics in Thailand’. Completed 2018.

Current Doctoral Students (as Lead Supervisor)

  • Sinikiwe Simbani – ‘Doing clinical supervision differently: Critically exploring a group approach with acute
  • inpatient Mental Health nurses in one UK setting.’ Completing 2021.
  • Emma Thacker – ‘Academic Misconduct and Scholarly Integrity’ (title to be finalized). Completing 2022.
  • Helen Bowen - ‘The Art of Anatomy and Physiology: How do nursing students experience the practice of arts-based learning through anatomy and physiology colouring books?’ (title to be finalized) Completing 2023.
  • Claire Barker - ‘Growth mindset’ & secondary school teaching’ (title to be finalized). Completing 2023.

Current MA and M. Phil Students (as lead supervisor)

  • Aimee McQuillan - ‘An investigation into an understanding of inclusive education into a classroom and the potential impact on children with SEN.’ Completing 2022.
  • Damaris Maiyo - ‘Challenges faced by Special Education Needs learners in an education system.’ Completing 2022.

PhD Progression Panellist

  • Tamara Al-Yakoub - ‘Health Policy Development in Jordan’ (DBA), 2013.
  • Ali Alzarahni – ‘The impact of the governance of health insurance companies on the effectiveness of the performance of hospitals from the point view of the beneficiaries in Saudi Arabia’ (DBA), 2014.
  • Lorraine Connell - ‘Becoming an Academy.’ How did that happen? A study into the Academisation of a collaboration of Catholic Schools in the Northern area of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.’ (EdD) 2015.
  • Jim Ferguson – ‘Entryism in the British Labour Party by the Militant Tendency.’ (PhD) 2015.
  • Emma Marsh – ‘Asymmetries of power within international education. An ethnographic study of potential subjugation of knowledge production within an international school in Thailand.’ (PhD) 2020.
  • Shirley Hewitt – ‘Anomie: examining policies created after 2010 which impact on the education of primary age refugee children arriving in England from countries outside the UK.’ (PhD) 2020.
  • Helen Bowen -“The Art of Anatomy and Physiology: Exploring the Student Nurse Experience Of Learning Anatomy and Physiology through Colouring Books” (EdD) 2021.

PhD Internal Examiner

  • Mark Morris – ‘Managerial Agency: Personality, Psychopathy, Structure and Leadership’ 2015.

PhD External Examiner

  • Clive Moss (Sheffield Hallam) - 'Reporting without Fear, or Favour’: HMI 2000-2010, an Oral History’ 2016.

PhD Viva Chair

  • Suzanne Molesworth – ‘Tacit Knowledge, Time and Practice in Two Dementia Services: an Ethnography’ 2014.
  • Tracey Wire – ‘Sex Education, Gender and Sexualised Behaviour in the Primary School: a Qualitative Analysis of Parent, Teacher and Pupil Perspectives’ 2017.
  • Giulia Minnini – ‘Can energy empower women? A case

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