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Oxford Brookes Business School
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I am module leader for three core modules on the Business and Management Degree programme: Business in Society (level 4); Ethics in Business (level 5) and Critical Enquiry Research Project (level 6). The focus of these modules reflect my research interests in ideas of responsibility in business education and my background in socio-legal studies.
I am also Subject Coordinator for the International Business Management Degree in Business School, assisting students on the programme, supporting the administration of the programme and contributing to programme development, drawing on my background in pedagogic research with the Aske Cluster for Management and Entrepreneurial Education.
Constraints in resourcing and student dissatisfaction with assessment feedback mean that the effectiveness of our feedback practices has never been so important. Drawing on findings from a three-year study focused on student engagement with feedback, this paper reveals the limited extent to which effectiveness can be accurately measured and challenges many of the assumptions and beliefs about effectiveness of feedback practices. Difficulties relating to multiple purposes of feedback, its temporal nature and the capabilities of evaluators reveal that measuring effectiveness is fraught with difficulty. The paper argues that the learner is in the best position to judge the effectiveness of feedback, but may not always recognise the benefits it provides. Therefore, the pedagogic literacy of students is key to evaluation of feedback and feedback processes.
My current areas of interest are business ethics, sustainable development and critical management studies with a particular focus on pedagogy and practice in higher education. My interest in these areas informs my teaching and my research.
I teach on several undergraduate modules: ethics in business; environmentally sustainable business; alternative perspectives on business; corporate and business law and research methods. I also supervise undergraduate and post graduate dissertations.
Two recent (2013- 2014) externally funded research projects have explored ideas of global citizenship in higher education curriculum and strategies for promoting ethical understandings in undergraduate business students. A third externally funded project (2011-2014) investigated staff and student engagement with values in management education, with a specific focus on the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education.
In developing this research area further I am interested in exploring the capacity of ethics and ethics initiatives (for example codes of ethics) to challenge or reinforce neoliberal priorities in both education and more generally in organisational practice.
In addition to the responsible management education cluster I have also undertaken more practice orientated research as part of the Pedagogy Research Centre, with a focus on student engagement with feedback, dialogic feedback, and more recently, assessment literacy.
My background is in socio legal studies with a PhD that explored the globalised discourse of child labour and child rights. I am a qualified solicitor.