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Professor Mark Pike's Publications


  • Pike MA (2014) Ethical English Teaching and Learning in English as Spiritual, Moral and Religious Education. Bloomsbury Publishing.

    This book not only shows readers how to teach English but also helps them to critically evaluate the ethics of the practice of English teaching.

  • Pike MA (2013) Mere Education: C.S. Lewis as Teacher for our Time. Lutterworth Press.

    Author URL [www.lutterworth.com]

    An exploration of C.S. Lewis's thinking and writing on education, and how Lewis's insights offer a challenge to modern educational theory and practice. The word 'mere' is used in the title of this book in its Middle English sense as an adjective 'nothing less than, complete'.

  • Halstead MJ; Pike MA (2006) Citizenship and Moral Education: values in action. Routledge Falmer.

    received by RSO

  • Pike MA (2004) Spirituality, Literature and Literacy-Special Issue of the Internatioanl Journal of Children's Spirituality. 2. Cerfax Publishing Taylor and Francis Group.

  • Pike MA (2003) Teaching Secondary English. Paul Chapman Publications.

Journal Articles

  • Pike MA (2012) “Towards an Ethical Ecology of International Service Learning”, Journal of Curriculum Studies. iFirst: 1-25.

  • Pike MA (2011) “The value of christian-ethos schooling for secular students”, Journal of Research on Christian Education. 20.2: 138-154.

    Globally, many Christian organizations seek to serve communities by providing schooling and education for children and young people who are not necessarily Christian. This article may inform the work of such Christian organizations as it reports findings from a funded research project that investigated three schools in England with a Christian ethos that provide education for largely secular students, many of whom live in areas characterized by social and economic deprivation and also educational underachievement. Analysis of findings from observations, transcripts of focus groups with students, and an anonymous survey of more than 500 children age 14 years and more than 300 teachers in three schools are reported. Drawing on this data, an assessment is made of the value of Christian ethos schooling for students who are, in this case, predominantly secular. Answers are sought to questions concerning how such schools can legitimately provide comprehensive, rather than limited, approaches to moral and character education. This article evaluates the central place of the core values and character education of the schools described here, which are widely endorsed by their secular students and also underpinned by Judeo-Christian sources. © Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Pike MA (2011) “Christian schooling for secular students”, Journal of Research in Christian Education. 20. : 1-17.

  • Pike MA (2011) “Reading research on core values, Christian ethos and school transformation at England's most improved academy: a reply to Bragg, Allington, Simmons and Jones”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 37.4: 567-570.

    Author URL [gateway.webofknowledge.com]

  • Pike MA (2011) “Ethical English Teaching and Citizenship Education: Promoting Democratic Values or the Tao?”, Changing English: studies in culture and education.

  • Pike MA (2011) “Developing as an Ethical English Teacher: Valuing the Personal and Poetic in Professional Learning”, ENGL EDUC-UK. 45.3: 224-235.

  • Pike MA (2010) “Transaction and transformation at Trinity: private sponsorship, core values and Christian ethos at England's most improved academy”, OXFORD REV EDUC. 36.6: 749-765.

  • Pike MA (2010) “Christianity and character education: faith in core values?”, J BELIEFS VALUES. 31.3: 311-321.

  • Pike MA (2010) “Faith schools in the twenty-first century”, EDUC REV. 62.2: 243-245.

  • Pike MA (2010) “A tale of two schools: comparing and contrasting Jacobus Fruytier Scholengemeenschap in the Netherlands and Bradford Christian School in England”, Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education. 31.2: 181-190.

  • Pike MA (2009) “The Emmanuel Schools Foundation: Sponsoring transformation in England’s most improved academy”, Management in Education. 23.3: 139-144.

  • Pike MA (2009) “Religious freedom and rendering to Caesar: reading democratic and faith-based values in curriculum, pedagogy and policy”, OXFORD REV EDUC. 35.2: 133-146.

  • Pike MA (2009) “Judeo-Christian Sources of Character Education: Learning from England's Most Academically Improved Academy”, Journal of Research in Character Education. 7.1: 25-40.

  • Pike MA (2008) “Reading the signs of the times: semiotic engagement for ethical learning?”, Journal of Curriculum Studies Westbury I (eds.). 40.4: 541-550.

  • Pike MA (2008) “Faith in citizenship? On teaching children to believe in liberal democracy”, BRIT J RELIG EDUC. 30.2: 113-122.

  • Pike MA (2007) “Values and visibility: the implementation and assessment of citizenship education in schools”, EDUC REV. 59.2: 215-229.

  • Pike MA (2007) “Transactional Reading as Spiritual Investment”, Journal of Education and Christian Belief. 11.2: 83-89.

  • Pike MA (2007) “The state and citizenship education in England: a curriculum for subjects or citizens?”, J CURRICULUM STUD. 39.4: 471-489.

  • Pike MA (2006) “From Beliefs to Skills: The secularization of literacy and the moral education of citizens”, Journal of Beliefs and Values - studies in religion and education. 27.3: 281-289.

  • Pike MA (2006) “Measuring the Inner Light: Assessing Creativity and Spirituality in English”, The Use of English. 57.3: 214-222.

  • Pike MA (2005) “Citizenship Education and Faith Schools: What should children in Christian schools understand and appreciate about a liberal and secular society?”, Journal of Education & Christian Belief. 9.1: 35-46.

    received by rso

  • Pike MA (2005) “The Challenge of Christian Schooling in Secular Society”, Journal of Research on Christian Education. 13.2: 149-166.

  • Pike MA (2004) “Aesthetic Teaching”, Journal of Aesthetic Education. 38.2: 20-37.

    received by rso

  • Pike MA (2004) “Well-being through reading: drawing upon literacy and literature in children's spiritual education”, International Journal of Children's Spirituality. 9.2: 155-162.

    received by rso

  • Pike MA (2004) “Spirituality, Literature and Literacy - Special Issue”, International Journal of Children's Spirituality. 9.2: 1-x.

  • Pike MA (2003) “From personal to social transaction: A model of aesthetic reading in the classroom”, Journal of Aesthetic Education. 37.2: 61-72.

  • Pike MA (2003) “The canon in the classroom: students' experiences of texts from other times”, J CURRICULUM STUD. 35.3: 355-370.

  • Pike MA (2003) “The canon in the classroom: students' experiences of texts from other times”, Journal of Curriculum Studies. 35.3: 355-370.

  • Pike MA (2003) “On Being in English Teaching: a time for Heidegger?”, Changing English. 10.1: 91-99.

  • Pike MA (2003) “Belief as an Obstacle to Reading: the case of the Bible?”, Journal of Beliefs & Values. 24.2: 155-163.

  • Pike MA (2003) “The Bible and the reader's response”, Journal of Education and Christian Belief. 7.1: 37-51.

  • Pike MA (2003) “The Bible and the Reader's Response”, Journal of Education & Christian Belief. 7.1: 37-52.

  • Pike MA (2003) “From the picture to the diagram? literacy and English teaching”, Use of English. : 211-216.

  • Pike MA (2002) “Action research for English Teaching: ideology, pedagogy and personal growth”, Educational Action Research. 10.1: 27-44.

  • Pike MA (2002) “Aesthetic Distance and the Spiritual Journey: education for morally and spiritually significant events across the art and literature curriculum”, International Journal of Children's Spirituality. 7.1: 9-21.

  • Pike MA (2002) “The most wanted text in the West: Rewards Offered for Reading the Bible as Literature”, Use of English. 54.1: 29-42.

  • Pike MA (2001) “Adolescents as Active Readers”, Topic. 26.12

  • Pike MA (2000) “Spirituality, Morality and Poetry”, International Journal of Children's Spirituality. 5.2: 177-191.

  • Pike MA (2000) “Pupils' Poetics”, Changing English. 7.1: 45-54.

  • Pike MA (2000) “Keen Readers: adolescents and pre-twentieth century poetry”, Educational Review. 52.1: 13-28.

  • Pike MA (2000) “Boys, Poetry and the Individual Talent”, English in Education. 34.3: 41-55.

  • Pike MA (1999) “Reading the Writer, Reading the Reader: Pre-Twentieth Century Poetry in the English Literature Examination”, Use of English. 51.1: 41-52.

  • Pike MA “International Journal of Children's Spirituality(Editorship)”, International Journal of Children's Spirituality. 9.2

    Guest editor, Vol 9, No 2


  • Pike MA (2011) “Human Rights, Citizenship and Religious Education’”, In: Debates in Religious Education. London: Routledge.

  • Pike MA (2011) “Ethics and Citizenship Education’”, In: Arthur J (eds.) Debates in Citizenship Education. London: Routledge.

  • Pike MA “Reading and Responding to Biblical Texts in a Christian School: aesthetic distance and the spiritual journey”, In: Ota C (eds.) Spiritual Education – literary, empirical and pedagogic approaches. 2005: Brighton, Sussex Academic Press.


  • Pike MA (2007) English in the New Vocational Diplomas: An Analysis of Principal Learning.

  • Pike MA (2005) Trainee teachers teaching texts from other times. University of Leeds.

  • Pike MA An Analysis of Principal Learning in 3 Accredited Specifications for the Creative and Media Specialised Diploma. 2007:

  • Pike MA ESRC Report AH/F007981/1 Faith in Students - Believing in Christian-Ethos Schools. 2008:

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