Dr David Johnson

David Johnson is University Reader in Comparative and International Education (Developing Countries) and Fellow of St Antony’s College.

He would welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics:

  • Comparative studies of educational change
  • Reconstruction and transformation in developing countries
  • Education in conflict affected countries
  • Assessments of learning and of the professional knowledge and capabilities of teachers and school leaders

Teaching

David Johnson is a Chartered Educational Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council (UK) and the Bristish Psychological Society. He convenes the MSc in Comparative and International Education and teaches papers on Comparative and International Education: Theories, Methods, and Applications and on Education in Africa. He is associated with Oxford’s Blatvanik School of Government where he teaches an option on education on the Masters in Public Policy Programme. He offers undergraduate tutorials for amongst others the Sarah Lawrence Programme (Wadham College) and the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University.

Books

  • Johnson, D (2010) Politics, Modernisation and Educational Reform in Russia from past to present. Symposium Books Ltd.

  • Johnson, D, MacLean, R (2009) Teaching: Professionalization, development and leadership: Festschrift for professor Eric Hoyle.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8186-6

  • Johnson, D (2008) The Changing Landscape of Education in Africa quality, equality and democracy. Symposium Books Ltd.

  • Feiler, A, Andrews, J, Greenhough, P, Hughes, M, Johnson, D, Scanlan, M, Yee, WC (2007) Improving Primary Literacy Linking Home and School. Routledge.

  • Yahampath, K, Johnson, D (2003) Primary Mathematics Project Final Evaluation Report.

  • Mebrahtu, T, Crossley, M, Johnson, D (2000) Globalisation, Educational Transformation and Societies in Transition.

  • Johnson, D, Hayter, J, Broadfoot, P (2000) The Quality of Learning and Teaching in Developing Countries Assessing Literacy and Numeracy in Malawi and Sri Lanka.

  • Johnson, D (2000) Impact of Supplementary Readers on Urdu Reading Comprehension of Middle Grade Students in Punjab.

  • Johnson, DF (2000) Assessing Outcomes-Based Education: A guide for Teachers. Johannesburg: MacMillan.

  • Johnson, D, Smith, B, Crossley, M (1998) Learning and Teaching in an International Context Research, Theory and Practice.

Book chapters

  • Johnson, DF (2017) “Education in the Arab World: Sudan”, In: S Kirdar (ed.) Education in the Arab World. 1. Education Around The World. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Johnson, DF (2016) “Politics, Culture and the Modernisation of Education in Bhutan”, In: D Debotri, H Letchamanan (eds.) Education in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Islands. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Johnson, DF (2014) “Big Data and the Politics of Education in Nigeria”, In: T Fenwick, E Mangez, J Ozga (eds.) World Yearbook of Education 2014. Governing Knowledge: Comparison, Knowledge-Based Technologies and Expertise in the Regulation of Education. Routledge.

  • Johnson, DF, Datoo, A (2013) “School leadership and the 2007 post election violence”, In: RP Clarke, TA O'Donoghue (eds.) School Level Leadership in Post-conflict Societies: the importance of context. Abington: Routledge.

  • Johnson, DF (2011) “A cloud over the Rainbow Nation? Language, National Reconciliation and Educational Transformation in South Africa”, In: J Paulson (ed.) Education and Reconciliation: Exploring Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations. London: Continuum. 103-125

  • Johnson, DF (2010) “The enablement of teachers in developing countries”, In: DF Johnson, R Maclean (eds.) Teaching: Professionalisation, Development and Leadership Festschrift for Professor Eric Hoyle. Dordrecht: Springer.

  • Johnson, DF, Kress, G (2009) “Globalisation, Literacy and Socieity: redesigning Pedagogy and Assessment”, In: J Soler, F Fletcher-Campbell, G Reid (eds.) Understanding Difficulties in Literacy Development Issues and Concepts. Open University Reader. Sage Publications Ltd.

  • Johnson, DF (2009) “Bridging the Learning Divide: A study into adult learning and peer mediation in the workplace”, In: D Wilson, R Maclean (eds.) International Handbook for Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Holland: Springer. 219-232
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5281-1_14

  • Johnson, DF, Phillips, D, Kane, L (2009) “Vocational Education, Social Participation and Livelihoods in Post-Conflict Countries”, In: D Wilson, R Maclean (eds.) International Handbook of Education for the Changing World of Work. Holland: Springer.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5281-1_51

  • Johnson, DF (2009) “Literacy, Design and Technology:  New Contexts for Learning and Skills Development in South Africa”, In: D Wilson, R Maclean (eds.) International Handbook for Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Holland: Springer. 1777-1790
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5281-1_120

  • Johnson, DF (2009) “More and better? The political and policy dilemmas of teacher development in Nigeria”, In: J Furlong, M Cochran-Smith, M Brennan (eds.) Politics and Policy in Teacher Education: International Perspectives. London: Routledge. 123-136

  • Johnson, D, MacLean, R (2009) “Hoyle: Ambiguity, serendipity, and playfulness”, In: Teaching: Professionalization, Development and Leadership: Festschrift for Professor Eric Hoyle. 3-8
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8186-6_1

  • Johnson, D (2009) “The enablement of teachers in the developing world: Comparative policy perspectives”, In: Teaching: Professionalization, Development and Leadership: Festschrift for Professor Eric Hoyle. 139-155
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8186-6_9

  • Johnson, DF (2008) “‘Hoyle’: Serendipity, Ambiguity and Playfulness”, In: DF Johnson, R Maclean (eds.) Teaching: Professionalisation, Development and Leadership Festschrift for Professor Eric Hoyle. Dordrecht: Springer Science & Business Media.

  • Johnson, DF (2008) “Globalisation, knowledge and innovation: a sting in the tail for the British entrepreneurial university?”, In: DF Johnson, R Maclean, A Hollender (eds.) Globalisation, Vocationalisation and Mass Higher Education. Dordrecht: Springer.

  • Furlong, J (2008) “Do Teachers Still Need Universities?”, In: R McLean, D Johnson (eds.) Teaching: Professionalisation, Development and Leadership. Festschrift for Professor Eric Hoyle. Springer Science & Business Media.

  • Johnson, DF, Garrett, R, Crossley, M (2003) “Global Connectedness and Local Diversity: Forging ‘new’ literacies at the point of confluence”, In: G Claxton, A Pollard, R Sutherland (eds.) Learning and teaching where worldviews meet. London: Trentham Books. 19-34

  • Johnson, DF, Mebrahtu, T, Crossley, M (2000) “Educational Development and Social Transformation in a Global Economy”, In: T Mebrahtu, M Crossley, DF Johnson (eds.) Globalisation, Educational Transformation and Societies in Transition. Oxford: Symposium Books.

  • Groves, L, Johnson, DF (2000) “Transforming Education for Street Children in Brazil”, In: T Mebrahtu, M Crossley, DF Johnson (eds.) Globalisation, Educational Transformation and Societies in Transition. Oxford: Symposium Books.

  • Johnson, DF (2000) “Intuition, Culture and the Development of Academic Literacy”, In: T Atkinson, G Claxton (eds.) The Intuitive Practitioner: on the value of not always knowing what one is doing. Buckingham: Open University Press.

  • Johnson, DF (1999) “Education and Equity: strategies for increasing access, persistence and achievement for girls”, In: R Garrett, B Smith (eds.) Turning Aid Policy into Practice: Operationalising NORAD’s Principles. 7. Bristol Papers in Education Comparative and International Studies. Bristol:

  • Johnson, DF, Smith, RL, Crossley, MC (1998) “Learning and Teaching: International Concerns”, In: DF Johnson, RL Smith, M Crossley (eds.) Learning and Teaching in an International Context: Research, Theory and Practice. University of Bristol: Centre for International Studies in Education.

  • Johnson, DF (1997) “Empowering parents for participation in education: Is participatory governance the only option?”, In: J Lynch, C Modgil, S Modgil (eds.) Education and Development: Tradition and Innovation Vol. II. Equity and Excellence in Education for Development. London: Cassell.

  • Johnson, DF (1996) “Muligheter og Utfordinger”, In: P Reierson (ed.) Afrika: Mennesker, Naulur, Kultur. Oslo: Norsk Borforlag.

  • Chalufu, J, Johnson, DF (1995) “An annotated bibliography of research into education in South Africa”, In: DF Johnson (ed.) Educational Management and Policy: Research, Theory and Practice in South Africa. Comparative and International Studies. Bristol Papers in Education.

  • Johnson, DF (1995) “Beyond Access: A South African Perspective”, In: R Moodley (ed.) Education for Transformation: Black Access to Higher Education. Lancaster: Thomas Danby Publications.

  • Johnson, DF, Pather, S (1995) “Breaking down the barriers: Implications for an open admissions policy for South Africa”, In: DF Johnson (ed.) Educational Management and Policy: Research, Theory and Practice in South Africa. Comparative and International Studies. Bristol Papers in Education.

  • Johnson, DF, Perry, H (1995) “World Bank Loans for Education: Possibilities and Pitfalls for South Africa”, In: R Garrett (ed.) Aid and Education: Mending or Spending. Comparative and International Studies. Bristol Papers in Education.

  • Smith, D, Johnson, DF (1995) “The efficacy of Paired Reading in South African Primary Schools”, In: DF Johnson (ed.) Educational Management and Policy: Research, Theory and Practice in South Africa. 4. Comparative and International Studies. Bristol Papers in Education.

  • Johnson, DF (1994) “Building community capacity for participation in educational governance”, In: K Cole (ed.) Sustainable Development for a Democratic South Africa. London: Earthscan.

  • Johnson, DF (1992) “Transforming Teacher Provision and Teacher Training for a Post-Apartheid South Africa”, In: E Unterhalter, H Wolpe (eds.) Issues in the Democratic Transformation of Apartheid. London: Heinemann.

  • Johnson, DF (1991) “People’s education and the politics of writing”, In: E Unterhalter, H Wolpe (eds.) Apartheid Education and Popular Struggles. London: Ravan Press.

  • Johnson, DF “Improving the quality of education in Nigeria: a comparative evaluation of recent policy imperatives”, In: DF Johnson (ed.) The changing landscape of education in Africa. Oxford Studies in Comparative Education. Symposium Books.

Conference papers

  • Hughes, M, Andrews, J, Feiler, A, Greenhough, P, Johnson, DF, McNess, E, Osborn, M, Pollard, A, Salway, L, Scanlan, M, Stinchcombe, V, Winter, J, Yee, W (2003) Exchanging knowledge between home and school to enhance children’s learning in literacy and numeracy. (University of Gdansk, Poland)

  • Johnson, DF (1995) Widening Access into Higher Education: a critical appraisal of Access programmes in the United Kingdom. (University of Stellenbosch)

Journal articles

  • Saeed, T, Johnson, D (2016) “Intelligence, Global Terrorism and Higher Education: Neutralising Threats or Alienating Allies?”, BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES. 64(1) 37-51.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2015.1123216

  • Childs, A, Tenzin, W, Johnson, D, Ramachandran, K (2012) “Science Education in Bhutan: Issues and challenges”, International Journal of Science Education. 34(3) 375-400.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2011.626461

  • Murphy, R, Johnson, D (2009) “Education and development in China - Institutions, curriculum and society”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. 29(5) 447-453.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2009.06.003

  • FEILER, ANTHONY, ANDREWS, JANE, GREENHOUGH, PAMELA, HUGHES, MARTIN, JOHNSON, DAVID, SCANLAN, MARY, YEE, WANCHING (2008) “The Home School Knowledge Exchange Project: linking home and school to improve children's literacy”, Support for Learning. 23(1) 12-18.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9604.2008.00363.x

  • Johnson, D, Stewart, F (2007) “Education, ethnicity and conflict”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. 27(3) 247-251.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2006.10.017

  • Johnson, D (2007) “Building citizenship in fragmented societies: The challenges of deracialising and integrating schools in post-Apartheid South Africa”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. 27(3) 306-317.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2006.10.012

  • Johnson, D (2006) “Comparing the trajectories of educational change and policy transfer in developing countries”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 32(5) 679-696.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03054980600976411

  • Johnson, DF, Van Kalmthout, E (2006) “Education and conflict. Research, policy and practice”, Forced Migration Review.

  • Johnson, D (2006) “Investing in Teacher Effectiveness to Improve Educational Quality in Developing Countries: Does in-Service Education for Primary Mathematics Teachers in Sri Lanka Make a Difference to Teaching and Learning?”, Research in Comparative and International Education. 1(1) 73-87.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/rcie.2006.1.1.7

  • Greenhough, P, Scanlan, M, Feiler, A, Johnson, D, Yee, WC, Andrews, J, Price, A, Smithson, M, Hughes, M (2005) “Boxing clever: using shoeboxes to support home-school knowledge exchange”, Literacy (formerly Reading). 39(2) 97-103.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-4350.2005.00407.x

  • Johnson, DF (2003) “Activity theory, literacy and assessment. Comparing children’s potential for representing meaning through different modes of communication.”, Assessment in Education. Principles, Policy and Practice. 10 103-129.

  • Johnson, D, Kress, G (2003) “Globalisation, Literacy and Society: Redesigning pedagogy and assessment”, Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice. 10(1) 5-14.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09695940301697

  • Johnson, DF, Isaacs, I (1999) “Language and Literacy in Multilingual Settings”, Alizes. 18 158-168-158-168.

  • Johnson, DF, Lewis, G (1999) “Do you like what you see? The self-concept of adolescent bullies”, British Educational Research Journal. 25(5) 665-677.

  • Johnson, D (1998) “Teacher Assessments and Literacy Profiles of Primary School Children in South Africa”, Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice. 5(3) 381-412.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969595980050305

  • Johnson, DF (1997) “Transforming Organisations: Management Cultures, Women and Leadership in South Africa”, Alizes. 14 31-48.

  • Johnson, DF (1995) “Developing an approach to management self development in South Africa”, Special Issue of Comparative Education: Educational Reconstruction and Transformation in South AfricaDF Johnson (ed.) . 31(2) 223-241.

  • JOHNSON, DAVID (1995) “Introduction: the challenges of educational reconstruction and transformation in South Africa”, Comparative Education. 31(2) 131-140.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03050069529074

  • Johnson, DF (1995) “Language and Education in South Africa: The value of a genre-based pedagogy for access and inclusion”, Alizes. 9 31-57.

  • Johnson, DF (1995) “The challenges of educational reconstruction and transformation in South Africa”, Special Issue of Comparative Education: Educational Reconstruction and Transformation in South AfricaDF Johnson (ed.) . 31(2) 131-140.

  • Beveridge, MC, Johnson, DF (1991) “A new approach to the assessment of academic literacy in a Zimbabwean teachers’ training college”, Language and Education. 5(1) 1-17.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500789109541296

  • Johnson, DF (1990) “The politics of literacy and schooling in Zimbabwe”, Review of African Political Economy. 17(48) 99-106.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03056249008703865

Reports

  • Johnson, DF (2003) Profiles of Literacy. A survey of primary school children in Bangladesh. Dhaka: DFID/CEC.

  • Johnson, DF (2003) A baseline profile of the quality of primary education in Bangladesh. Dhaka: DFID/CEC.

  • Yahampath, K, Johnson, DF (2002) The efficacy of in-service training to the teaching strategies of primary school teachers in Sri Lanka. Colombo: DFID/CEC.

  • Yahampath, K, Johnson, DF, Dyananda, B, Fernando, S (2002) Tracking the effects of activity-based teaching on the mathematics learning outcomes of Sri Lankan students. Colombo: DFID/CEC.

  • Yahampath, K, Johnson, D, Fernando, SDM, Dharmawardena, P (2002) The Impact of Reforms in Primary Mathematics on Student Attainment Longitudinal Studies of Grades 1 to 5 from 1998-2002. Colombo: DFID/CEC.

  • Yahampath, K, Johnson, DF (2002) Evaluating Teacher Responsiveness to in-service training in Primary Mathematics. Colombo: DFID/CEC.

  • Dias, S, Johnson, DF, Yahampath, K, Weber, M (2002) Teacher and Student evaluations of Curriculum Materials. Colombo: DFID/CEC.

  • Cash, T, Yahampath, K, Johnson, DF, Sibli, S (2001) Monitoring the in-service training of teachers in the use of new curriculum materials. Colombo: DFID/CEC.

  • Johnson, DF, Yahampath, K, Batty, M, Dayananda, B (2001) Monitoring the professional competencies of trainers in teacher centres. Colombo: DFID/CEC.

  • Johnson, DF, Anwar, M (2000) The impact of the Punjab Middle School Project on learning and teaching: case studies of 32 schools. Lahore: DFID and PMSP.

  • Mirza, M, Johnson, DF (2000) A longitudinal study of reading attainment in Punjab middle schools. Lahore: DFID and PMSP.

  • Johnson, DF (1998) A baseline profile of reading comprehension in Punjab middle schools. Lahore: DFID and PMSP.

  • Johnson, DF, Mirza, M (1998) Case studies into the use of supplementary reading books in Punjab middle schools. Lahore: DFID and PMSP.

  • Johnson, DF (1995) Educational Management and Policy: Research, Theory and Practice in South Africa. Bristol Papers in Education. Comparative and International Studies: 4..

  • Johnson, DF, Unterhalter, E, Wolpe, H (1991) Formal and Non-Formal Structures of Human Resource Development for a Post-Apartheid South Africa.

Category

  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • St Antony's College

Position

  • Reader in Comparative and International Education (Developing Countries)

Subject area

  • MSc Education (Comparative and International Education)

Research groups

  • Comparative and International Education

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