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Dr Joseph Smith


Education University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Joseph Smith

About me

I joined the University of Stirling in 2015, following spells at Edge Hill and Liverpool Hope Universities. Before moving into higher education, I was head of history at a comprehensive school.

I completed my first degree in history at the University of Cambridge, before completing a PGCE and Masters at Lancaster. I completed my doctorate at the Keele University in 2015. My thesis considered the importance of the history education discourse in the identity formation of practising history teachers and the role of this enacted identity in policy contestation. My thesis was subsequently adapted for papers published in The British Journal of Educational Studies (2017) and The Journal of Curriculum Studies (2019).

I currently act as the Book Review Editor for The Curriculum Journal.

I am the external examiner for the MSt in History Education at Cambridge University and the PGCE History at the University of Chester.


April 2018 - Carnegie Trust for Universities £6119

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