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Publications

This is mainly a selection of professional publications that were important to me at the time, or that might have ‘made a (slight) difference’ in attitudes or practice, or simply offered new information to be considered.

But the other kind of writing that famously ‘makes nothing happen’ is part of the picture, and it might be worth recording here some of the journals where my poetry has been published from the late 1960s onwards:

Akros, Alba, Aquarius, Blackbox Manifold, Comparative Criticism, Edinburgh Review, Gairfish, Gutter, Krax, Long Poem Magazine, Magma, Markings, New Blackfriars, Nerve, New Writing Scotland, Painted, spoken, Poetry Review, Poetry Scotland, PN Review, Sampark, Southfields, Temenos, Glasgow University Magazine, The Dark Horse.

And some of the anthologies where my poems have appeared:

Across the Water, After the Watergaw, A Gathering for Gael Turnbull, An Arran Anthology, Atoms of Delight, Back to the Light, Blethertoun Braes, Football Haiku, Inside News, Into Glasgow, Kin, King o’ the Midden, Love for Love, Mr Burns for Supper, Mungo’s Tongues, New Writing 9, One Hundred Favourite Scottish Poems, Scottish Cats, Scottish Poems for Children, Scottish Religious Poetry, Such Strange Joy, The Smoky Smirr of Rain, The Sound of our Voices, The Thing That Mattered Most, The Word Exchange, Unknown is Best, Where Rockets Burn Through, With Both Feet Off the Ground.

Selected Academic and Professional Publications

(1986) ‘Sketching the silences: an approach to assessing group discussion'’. Teaching English Vol.19 No.3 Summer. Edinburgh: Scottish Curriculum Development Service.

(1988) ‘Contacting the text: reading as writing poetry’. Teaching English Vol.21 No.1 Winter. Edinburgh: Scottish Curriculum Development Service.

(1990) Ovens. J. Talk About Poetry (ed. McGonigal, J.). National Development Materials for Standard Grade English. Dundee: Scottish Consultative Committee on the Curriculum.

(1990) The Special Needs Pack. National Development Materials for Standard Grade English. Dundee: Scottish Consultative Committee on the Curriculum.

(1990) Broadcasting and the Curriculum File. National Development Materials for Standard Grade English. Edinburgh: BBC/IBA/SOED.

(1990) ‘Assessing group discussion’. In Mercer, N. (ed.) Managing Talk in the Curriculum. Buckingham: Open University Press.

(1992) ‘Unsettling the set text’. In Evans, E. (ed.) Young Readers, New Readings. Hull: Hull University Press.

(1992) ‘Intertext or inner text? How children learn to read and talk together’. In Andrews, R. (ed.) Rebirth of Rhetoric: Essays in Language, Culture and Education. London and New York: Routledge.

(1992) Hard Words & Fancy Words: Helping pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties through Standard Grade English. Dundee: Scottish Consultative Committee on the Curriculum.

(1993) ‘Deconstructing the curriculum? Special Needs and Standard Grade English’. The Adviser. Edinburgh: Journal of Advisers to Education Authorities in Scotland.

(1993-94) Standard Grade English-Spoken: Guidelines 1-6. Series editor, and author of Guidelines 3 and 4 ‘Transforming a Unit of Work’ and ‘Three Short Stories’. Dundee: Scottish Consultative Committee on the Curriculum.

(1993) English Teachers on English Teaching : Report of national conferences on Effective Learning and Teaching in English in Scottish Secondary Schools. Edinburgh: Scottish Office Education Department.

(1995) ‘An XYZ of Reading: Basil Bunting in the British tradition’. In Alexander, M. and J. McGonigal (eds) Sons of Ezra: British Poets and Ezra Pound. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi.

(1995) ‘Raised and Erased Voices: what special cases offer to argument’. In Costello, P. and S. Mitchell (eds) Competing and Consensual Voices: The Theory and Practice of Argument. Clevedon, Bristol and Adelaide: Multilingual Matters.

(1995) Greenan, T. Give Sorrow Words: Poems from El Salvador. McGonigal, J. (ed.) Glasgow: SCIAF Publications.

(1995) Encounters with Dominicans: Recollections i.m. Anthony Ross O.P. McGonigal, J. (ed.) Manchester: Blackfriars Publications.

(1997) ‘Re-reading Scottish Literature: critical issues in the upper secondary stages’. In McGillivray, A. (ed.) Teaching Scottish Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

(1998) ‘Using Oral Discourse in Literary Studies’. In Corson, D. and B. Davies (eds). Encyclopaedia of Language and Education, Vol. 3: Oral Discourse and Education. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

(1999) ‘Secondary English Language’. In Bryce, T. and W. Humes (eds). Scottish Education. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

(2000) Across the Water: Irishness in Modern Scottish Writing. McGonigal, J., D. O'Rourke, and H. Whyte (eds). Argyll: Argyll Publishing.

(2000) Scottish Religious Poetry: From Columba to the Present Day. Crawford, R., M. Bateman and J. McGonigal (eds). Edinburgh: St Andrew Press.

(2000) ‘Millennial Days? Religion as Consolation and Desolation in Contemporary Scottish Poetry’. Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses No. 41. Gran Canaria.

(2000) ‘Bunting and Narrative’. In The Star You Steer By: Basil Bunting and British Modernism. McGonigal, J. and R. Price (eds). Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi.

(2001) The LILT Project (Language into Languages Teaching) Teaching and Learning Knowledge about Language in English and Modern Languages 5-14. McGonigal, J., A. Philp et al. Booklet A. Glasgow: Scottish Executive Education Department.

(2001) The LILT Project (Language into Languages Teaching) Teaching and Learning Knowledge about Language in English and Modern Languages 15-18. McGonigal, J., C.J. Kay et al. Booklet B. Glasgow: Scottish Executive Education Department.

(2002) My Mum’s a Punk: New Scottish Writing for Schools. Breslin, T., J. McGonigal and H. Whyte (eds). Dalkeith: Scottish Children’s Press. , R.M.

(2002) ‘Teaching Geoffrey Grigson: A Thing or Two’. In Barfoot, C. and Healey (eds). ‘My Rebellious and Imperfect Eye’: Observing Geoffrey Grigson. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi.

(2002) ‘Contemporary Scottish Poetry’. In Gifford, D. et al. (eds) Scottish Literature in English and Scots. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

(2003) ‘English Language Education’. In Bryce T.G.K. and W. Humes (eds). Scottish Education: Post-Devolution Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

(2003) ‘After Noise and Smoky Breath: technological change and the voices of machines’ In Proceedings of PATT-13 Pupil Attitudes Towards Technology Conference: Glasgow

(2004) ‘Wordsworth's Narratology of Footsteps: “childish” writing in Lyrical Ballads’. In Barfoot, C. (ed.) The Natural Delineation Of Human Passions: Lyrical Ballads 1798-1998. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Editions Rodopi.

(2004) ‘Interactive or Dialogic Teaching? The Case of the “Inspirational” Teacher’. Westminster Studies in Education 27:2

(2005) ‘Literacy, Technology and Memory in three Scots-Irish Novels’. Etudes Irlandaises 30:1.

(2005) ‘Social Capital Theory: A Review’. McGonigal J., R. Doherty et al. Applied Educational Research Scheme [http://www.aers.org.uk]

(2006) ‘Translating God: Negative Theology and Two Scottish Poets’ in McGonigal J. and K. Stirling (eds). Ethically Speaking: Voice and Values in Modern Scottish Writing. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi.

(2006) ‘Teachers’ Lives and Work: Social Capital, Professional Knowledge and Teacher Formation’. McGonigal, J., M.Hulme M. and A. McDonald. AERS Social Capital Theory and Policy Seminar, 31 August, University of Stirling. [http://www.aers.org.uk]

(2006) Review of the Northern Ireland Literacy Strategy. Pirrie, A., S. Hamilton, E. Garside and J. McGonigal. Glasgow: SCRE.

(2007) Evaluation of the Kirkcudbright Academy Curriculum Flexibility Project. First Final Report. Wilkinson, J., J. McGonigal, B. Templeton and E. Aitkenhead . Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Education Department.

(2007) On the Threshold of Teaching: Social Capital and Troublesome Knowledge in the Mentoring of Beginning Teachers. Society of Educational Studies Major Award 2005: Final Report. McGonigal, J., M. Cove and J. McAdam. Glasgow: University of Glasgow.

(2007) ‘Social Capital, Social Inclusion and Changing School Contexts: a Scottish perspective’. McGonigal J., R. Doherty, J. Allan, et al. British Journal of Educational Studies 55: 1.

(2007) ‘Mentoring in the North: New provision, new perspectives’. Cove, M., J. McAdam, and J. McGonigal. Education in the North 15: 2007–2008.

(2007) Learning to Read a New Culture: How immigrant and asylum-seeking children experience Scottish identity through classroom books. McGonigal, J. and E. Arizpe. Final Report. Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Education Department.

(2008) ‘Global Citizens, Local Linguists: How Migrant Children Explore Cultural Identity through Vernacular Texts’. McGonigal, J. and E. Arizpe. In Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy, Peters, M., A. Britton and H. Blee (eds). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

(2009) Supporting Teacher and School Engagement with Literature in Learning within a Curriculum for Excellence Framework. Research report for Literature in Learning/ Scottish Literature Forum. McGonigal, J., J.C Hall and S. Hall. Glasgow: SCRE Centre.

(2009) Evaluation of the Kirkcudbright Academy Curriculum Flexibility Project. Final Report. Wilkinson, J., J. McGonigal, B. Templeton and E. Aitkenhead . Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Education Department.

(2012) ‘Social capital connections: troublesome knowledge and early career practitioners’. McGonigal, J. and J. McAdam. In The Transformation of Children’s Services: Examining and debating the complexities of inter/professional working, Forbes, J. and Watson, C. (eds). London: Routledge.

(2015) ‘Faith and Religion’, McGonigal J. and M. Bateman. In International Companion to Scottish Poetry. Sassi, C. (ed). Glasgow: Scottish Literature International.

Download James McGonigal’s Selected Bibliography as a Word file.