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Professor James Donnelly's Publications


  • Bell J, Positioning Applied Science In Schools: Uncertainty, Opportunity and Risk in Curriculum Reform (Leeds: CSSME, 2007)

  • Donnelly JF, The supply of school mathematics and science teachers: issues, evidence and policy options (University of Leeds: CSSME, 2002)

  • Donnelly J, Contested terrain or unified project: the nature of science in the National Curriculum for England and Wales ([n.pub.], 2001)

  • Donnelly JF, Jenkins EW, Science Education: Policy, Professionalism and Change (Sage/Paul Chapman, 2001), vii,192p

  • Donnelly JF, Divall J, Johnstone S, Scaling up: A history of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (London:IChemME, 2000)

  • Donnelly JF, Buchan AS, Jenkins EW, Laws PM, Welford AG, Investigations by Order. Policy, curriculum and science teachers’ work under the Education Reform Act (Nafferton: Nafferton: Studies in Education, 1996)

Journal Articles

  • Homer M, Ryder J, Donnelly J, ‘Sources of differential participation rates in school science: the impact of curriculum reform’, British Educational Research Journal, 39.2 (2013), 248-265
    DOI: 10.1080/01411926.2011.635783, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/85151/

  • Banner I, Donnelly J, Ryder J, ‘Policy networks and boundary objects: Enacting curriculum reform in the absence of consensus’, Journal of Curriculum Studies, 44.5 (2012), 577-598
    DOI: 10.1080/00220272.2012.699558

  • Donnelly J, Ryder J, ‘The pursuit of humanity: Curriculum change in english school science’, History of Education, 40.3 (2011), 291-313
    DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2010.521196

  • Donnelly J, Ryder J, ‘Professor Phil Scott, BSc, MEd, PhD, FInstP OBITUARY’, STUDIES IN SCIENCE EDUCATION, 47.2 (2011), 119-121
    DOI: 10.1080/03057267.2011.611008

  • Homer M, Ryder J, Donnelly J, ‘The use of national datasets to baseline science education reform: exploring value-added approaches’, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 34.3 (2011), 309-325
    DOI: 10.1080/1743727X.2011.609544, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/75618/

  • Bell JF, Donnelly JF, Homer M, Pell G, ‘A value-added study of the impact of science curriculum reform using the National Pupil Database’, British Educational Research Journal, 35.1 (2009), 119-135
    DOI: 10.1080/01411920802041806, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/75621/

  • Bell J, Donnelly J, ‘Applied Science in the English school curriculum: the meaning and significance of 'vocationalization’, J CURRICULUM STUD, 41.1 (2009), 25-47
    DOI: 10.1080/00220270802527138

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Vocationalism and science education’, Studies in Science Education, 45.2 (2009), 225-254
    DOI: 10.1080/03057260903142301

  • Donnelly JF, ‘The intellectual positioning of science in the curriculum, and its relationship to reform’, Journal of Curriculum Studies, 38.6 (2006), 623-640
    DOI: 10.1080/00220270600822228

  • Bell JS, Donnelly JF, ‘A vocationalized school science curriculum?’, International Journal of Science Education, 28.12 (2006), 1389-1410
    DOI: 10.1080/09500690600708600

  • Bell J, Donnelly J, ‘Double Award Applied Science: issues and responses’, School Science Review, 88(323) (2006), 57-65

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Reforming science in the school curriculum: a critical analysis’, Oxford Review of Education, 31.2 (2005), 293-309

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Ethics and the science curriculum’, School Science Review, 86.315 (2005), 29-32

  • Bell J, Donnelly J, ‘Creating applied science in schools’, School Science Review, 86.(317) (2005), 111-118

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Humanizing Science Education’, Science Education, 88.5 (2004), 762-784
    DOI: 10.1002/sce.20004

  • Donnelly JF, ‘A loss of faith in science education?’, Education in Science, 203 (2003), 18-19

  • Donnelly JF, ‘The 'humanist' critique of the place of science in the curriculum in the nineteenth century, and its continuing legacy’, History of Education, 31.6 (2002), 535-555
    DOI: 10.1080/00467600210167073

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Instrumentality, hermeneutics and the place of science in the school curriculum’, Science & Education, 11.2 (2002), 135-153
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1014474422345

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Science teaching as a profession: past, present and future’, School Science Review, 82.300 (2001), 31-40

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Contested terrain or unified project: the nature of science in the National Curriculum for England and Wales’, International Journal of Science Education, 23.2 (2001), 181-196
    DOI: 10.1080/09500690120412

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Schooling Heidegger: on being in teaching’, Teaching & Teacher Education, 15 (1999), 933-949

  • Donnelly JF, Divall C, Johnstone S, ‘Professional identity and organization in a technical occupation: the emergence of chemical engineering in Britain ca. 1915-1930’, Contemporary British History, 13.4 (1999), 56-81

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Don't forget the teachers’, Science and Public Affairs 1999, 18-20

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Interpreting differences: the educational aims of teachers of science and history, and their implications’, Journal of Curriculum Studies, 31.1 (1999), 17-41

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Editorship: Studies in Science Education’, Studies in Science Education 1998

  • Donnelly JF, ‘The place of the laboratory in secondary science teaching’, International Journal of Science Education, 20.5 (1998), 585-596

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Getting technical: the vicissitudes of academic industrial chemistry in nineteenth-century Britain’, History of Education, 26.2 (1997), 125-143

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Defining the industrial chemist in the United Kingdom, 1850-1921’, Journal of Social History, 29 (1996), 779-796


  • Donnelly JF, ‘Structure, contingency and application: the early articulation of chemical industry and academe in the United Kingdom’, in Alchemy, chemistry and pharmacy, ed. by Bougard M (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2002), 177-188

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Instrumentality, Hermeneutics and the Place of Science in the School Curriculum’, in Science education and culture: the contribution of history and philosophy of science, ed. by Bevilacqua F, Giannetto E and Matthews MR (Kluvwer Academic Publishers, 2001)

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Structural locations for chemists in the British alkali industry, 1850-1920’, in Chemical Technology and the Second Industrial Revolution: Economic Growth, Environmental Pollution and the Rise of the Industrial Chemist, ed. by Homburg and others (Kluwer, 1998), 203-219

Conference Papers

  • Donnelly JF, ‘Structure, contingency and the early articulation of chemical industry and academe in the United Kingdom’


  • Donnelly J, An invisible revolution? Applied Science in the 14-19 curriculum, ([n.pub.], 2009)

  • Donnelly JF, Homer M, Lewis JM, Applied Science in the 14-19 Science Curriculum. A Report to the Nuffield Foundation, ([n.pub.], 2008)

  • Donnelly JF, Bell JS, Homer M, Ryder J, The Take Up of the 2006 GCSE Science Specifications, ([n.pub.], 2007)


  • Donnelly JF, The Supply of School Mathematics and Science Teachers: Undergraduate Attitudes and Mathematics Teacher Deployment, (University of Leeds: CSSME, 2002)

  • Donnelly JF, Cecil Conshaw, (New DNB, 1999)

  • Donnelly JF, Lord Brotherton, (New DNB, 1999)

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