Joe came to the Stirling School of Education in 2015, following spells at Edge Hill and Liverpool Hope Universities. Before moving into higher education, he worked for nine years as a history teacher in secondary schools, with the last five as Head of Department. He has written for a general and academic audience and has worked for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) as the Senior Lead Practitioner in History. Joe completed his first degree in history at the University of Cambridge, before completing a PGCE and Masters at Lancaster.
Joe completed his doctorate at the Keele University in 2015 which 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.
Joe is 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
The politics of history education
History curriculum policy
Teacher identity and resistance.
Smith J (2016) National Identity and the Scottish History Curriculum. HEIRNET 2016: History Educators International Research Network Conference, 5.9.2016 - 7.9.2016, University of Murcia, Spain. Available from: http://www.cvent.com/events/history-educators-international-research-network-heirnet-conference-2016/custom-22-57676ed7a599422b8dddde3640ecf5c7.aspx
Smith J (2016) From Process to Parable: Socialisation and Instrumentality in the Scottish History Curriculum, 1991-2016. British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 13.9.2016 - 15.9.2016, University of Leeds. Available from: https://www.bera.ac.uk/conference-archive/annual-conference-2016