I am currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Director of the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies. I started my career in education as a teacher of History, working in a number of secondary schools in England and New Zealand, where I also taught Geography, RE, Humanities and Social Studies. In New Zealand, I was the Coordinating Lecturer of Christchurch College of Education's Nelson campus from January 1999 until June 2000. Since arriving at the former School of Education at Stirling in 2001, I have taken on a number of roles. I was Director of Initial Teacher Education between 2004 and 2007, and Director of the First Year Educational Studies Programme between 2009 and 2011. I have also undertaken several external roles, including:
Scottish Government: member of the Curriculum and Assessment Board (2017-present)
Welsh Government: member of the Curriculum and Assessment Group (2016-present)
Scottish Government: member of the National Improvement Strategic Group (2016-2017)
Scottish Educational Review: Editor (2007-2010); Chair of the Editorial Board (2011-2014).
British Educational Research Association (BERA): Co-opted Council member (2013-2017); Chair of the Academic Publications Committee (2014-2017).
Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA): Co-opted member of the Executve Committee (2013-2015).
Curriculum Inquiry: Member of the International Editorial Board (2015-present)
European Educational Research Association: Co-Convenor of Network 3, Curriculum Innovation (2014-present).
Scottish Graduate School of Social Science: DTC Education Pathway Convenor (2014-present).
External examining: UCL/IoE MA in Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy (2016-present); University of Edinburgh MSc Education and MSc Educational Research (2012-2015); Doctoral external examiner (University of Glasgow, University of Ulster, Newcastle University, Lancaster University, University of Edinburgh).
In relation to Doctoral supervision, I welcome inquires relating to the area of curriculum studies: curriculum theory, curriculum policy, curriculum development. Current supervision includes:
Curriculum reform in Malaysia
Curriculum reform in Uganda
Curriculum policy development in Scotland
Interdisciplinary curriculum in Scotland
Schools that exceed expecations
Mediation of curriculum policy in Scotland and Wales
My research interests relate to curriculum theory, policy and practice, and the professional work of teachers. Current research concerns teachers and curriculum development (through critical collaborative professional enquiry) in Scotland and Wales, curriculum narrowing in Scotland, and teachers working conditions in Scotland. I am also working with colleagues in a range of countries (including Cyprus, Finland, Sweden, Ireland and Canada) to develop understanding of the ways in which curriculum policy is mediated and enacted in diverse ways.