At Oxford Brookes I am a senior lecturer and teach on the primary Initial Teacher Training programme for BA students and PGCE's.The areas I work in are; Humanities (geography and RE), exploring learning through pedagogical approaches, mathematics and the school based curriculum.
Teaching and supervision
- Understanding pedagogical approaches
- Thinking mathematically and being mathematical
- Introducing professional practice
- Enquiry in the Humanities
- Curriculum design through thematic planning
- School based Curriculum 1,2 and 3
- Learning beyond the classroom
My current research is focused on the figured worlds of the primary mathematics classroom. It is a social constructivist stance and uses video footage as a stimulus to support a co-constructed narrative.
I am currently involved in the 'Learning in Museums/My school is at the museum' project. This research fits with the 'teaching beyond the classroom' module that I am module leader for. It explores how the use of venues can support and enrich pupils learning experiences.
Memberships of professional bodies
Research group membership
I am currently a member of the STEAM research group in the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Areas of expertise
My area of expertise lies in the overview of pedagogical approaches used within the primary classroom. I have a particular interest in exploratory learning and enquiry based learning, often associated to the broader curriculum and the humanities.
Former experience outside Brookes; I was a primary school teacher with a leadership role for sixteen years. I have taught across all age groups from 3 - 11 years. My teaching has taken me to Borneo where I worked with MOD families and children of the British forces and then in Germany. When a new school was being set up in my local area, I was part of a very small team developing every aspect of what was needed to provide a good learning environment for pupils and staff.