Sociocultural and sociomaterial theories of professional learning, particularly teacher education. Master's level learning, early career phase professional learning, initial and professional education partnerships
I am currently Director of Local Autority Education Partnerships and Faculty Leader for Early Years and Primary Education on the BA (Hons) Professional Education (Primary) Programme. Prior to working at Stirling, I taught across a range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Primary Initial Teacher Education and Professional Masters in Education Programmes initially as as Senior Lecturer at Christ Church Canterbury University and then as a Principal Lecturer at the University of Cumbria. Whilst in Cumbria I also worked as a Partnership Manger for Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development with responsibility for a team of tutors supporting students on placement. My research has drawn upon sociocultural and more recently sociomaterial theories of professional learning, primarily in relation to teacher education.My Doctoral thesis explored the policy trajectories which influenced the co-construction and enactment of the science curriculum in English primary schools during the implementation of the Primary National Curriculum. Since completing my thesis, I have recently become increasingly interested in the way policy initiatives have influenced the direction of teachers’ professional development through Master’s accredited programmes and inter-professional learning. I am currently a co-investigator on two funded research projects. The first one funded by Education Scotland focuses on professional learning partnerships in the early career phase, looking specifically at the transition between ITE and induction. The second project funded by PSTT is concerned with primary teachers’ professional learning through geocaching and science.