I received my MA in History and my M. Phil and PhD in Educational History from the University of Cambridge where I was also a Research and Teaching Assistant.
I was appointed to the staff at the University of Keele in September 2011 and commenced my post Jan 1st, 2012.
Research and scholarship
My research interest areas cover
- History of Education
- Progressive Education
- Comparative Education
- Victorian and Twentieth Century Poetry
I am currently working on two big projects - one is a Leverhulme bid with Prof. Dominic Janes in the School of History on masculinities in the public schools and Oxbridge and the other is a book with Routledge (for which I am under contract) the development of progressive ideas in the United Kingdom. I am also in the process of working Dr. Amy Palmer at Roehampton to edit a book on creative arts practitioners.
I have taught on a wide range of modules since my time at Keele including:
- Edu-10029 Childhood, Policy and Education
- Edu-10030 Education in Britain: past, present, future (Module Leader)
- Edu-10067 Back to the Future: Issues in the history of schooling (Module Leader)
- Edu-20020 Research Strategies and Methods in Education (Module Leader)
- EDU- 20022 Comparative Issues in Britain and US Education (Module Leader)
- Edu-20023 Play, Power and Pedagogy (Module Leader)
- Edu-20024 Education Matters: Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education
- TLHE 05 Teaching Reflectively in Higher Education (Module Leader)
- Module 3 Edu-40103: Research Methods and Evaluation (Module Leader)
- MRes, EdD (Modules 1, 2 and 4) and Dissertation Supervision.
Current Doctoral Students (as Lead Supervisor)
Duangkamol Chongcharoen – ‘Development of an Early Childhood Instructional Model in the context of the Child Development Centres under the Department of Local Administration - Thailand.’
Current Doctoral Students (as Second Supervisor)
Richard Mendez – ‘Changes to Academic Identity Among HE Staff’
Anna Maccaig - ‘Children and GCSE Maths’ (title to be finalized)
Terence Maxwell – ‘Astronomy in the Classroom’ (title be finalized)
Current M.Res Students (as lead supervisor)
Megan Jones – ‘Can you have a life outside of a teaching career? A study into the balancing of a teaching career with a family life.’
Lee Taylor – title to be finalized
Kay Flannagan - ‘How do SPLD students experience inclusive practice, within the Higher Education sector?’
Current MA International Students (as lead supervisor)
Maria Clinton - ‘An exploration of the transition from a Montessori to a non-Montessori classroom from the perspectives of parents, teachers and children.’
Gemma Peake - ‘Children and GCSE Science’ (title to be finalized)
Successful Doctoral Students (as Lead Supervisor)
Joe Smith – ‘The Efficacy of Critical discourse Analysis in approaching responses to the 2013 History National Curriculum’
Paula Pope – ‘A Qualitative Study into Youth Workers Discourses of Professional Practice’
Fiona Dutton – ‘How Young People make Meaning out of GCSE English Literature’ (undertaking major corrections)
Successful Doctoral Students (as Second Supervisor)
Ibrahim Mohammed Gunu - ‘Discipline and Power in Ghanaian Schooling’
Nadena Doharty – ‘Black History Month programmes and Black History on the National Curriculum: A case study of two state-maintained secondary schools in England’
Successful M. Phil Students (as Lead Supervisor)
Sorrel Wood – ‘”No Gaze is Stable”: A Documentary Analysis of Representations of Culture and Cultural Identity in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.’ (Cambridge)
Mazhar Ali Siddiqui – ‘A Critical Evaluation of the 2001 Educational Devolution Reforms on Education in Sindh’
Successful M. Res Students (as Lead Supervisor)
Rebecca Snape – “University Would be a Fantastic Opportunity”: Re-Addressing Discourses of Socioeconomic Disadvantage by Examining Pupils’ Perceptions of University Acces.
- Method in the Meaning: Intentionality and the Re-visioning of Progressivism’ pp. 11 - 18 in History of Education Researcher No. 85 May 2010 (with Dr. Paul McDonald)
- ‘Good Intentions Count: An Application of Intentionality to the History of Education’ pp. 61 - 71 in History of Education Researcher No. 86 November 2010 (with Dr. Paul McDonald)
- ‘Quentin Skinner, Intentionality and the History of Education’ pp. 415 - 435 in Paedagogica Historica Volume 47, Issue 3 June 2011 (with Dr. Paul McDonald)
- 'Actions Speak Louder Than Words: An Application of Intentionality to Educational History 2' pp. 97 - 109 in History of Education Researcher, No. 90 November 2012.
- ‘A Graduate’s Tale’ pp. 47- 53 in P. Warner and P. Raby (Eds) Homerton: Evolution of Cambridge College (2010, Cambridge University Press)
- The 150 year battle to improve Britain's School - p.57 BBC History Magazine November 2012
- Review of ‘Education Policy’ for British Journal of Education Studies
I have acted as a referee and reviewer for Paedagogica Historica and a reviewer for SAGE publications and Palgrave Macmillan and an assessor for AHRC bids.
Full Publications Listshow
Selected Poetry and Prose of Edmond Holmes. Rowman & Littlefield.2016.
Edmond Holmes and Progressive Education. Routledge.
Being a historian: an introduction to the professional world of history. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 251-255, vol. 44(2). link>2015.
Histories of social studies and race: 1865-2000. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 251-255, vol. 44(2). link>2015.
Quentin Skinner, Intentionality and the History of Education. Paedagogica Historica: international journal of the history of education, 415-433, vol. 47(3). doi>2011.
Good Intentions Count: An Application of Intentionality to the History of Education. History of Education Researcher, 61-71, vol. 86.2010.
Method in the Meaning: Intentionality and the Re-visioning of Progressivism. History of Education Researcher, 11-18.2010.
Current doctoral students (as lead supervisor)
Paula Pope ' 'A qualitative study into youth workers' discourses of professional practice'
Further doctoral student:
Current M.Phil students (as lead supervisor)
Mazhar Al Siddiqui - 'The impact of the Devolution Plan (2001) on Education in Sindh Province, Pakistan'.