I am a senior lecturer in Teacher Education and Academic Director the TESSA programme. I joined the OU, full time in March 2009 as Subject Leader for Science on the PGCE. I became Director of the PGCE in 2012. In July 2015 I became Academic Director of TESSA and combine that role with developing a new pathway on 'learning and teaching' for the Open University's applied MA in Education.
I have 20 years of experience of teaching in school. I was a Head of Science for 12 years. I joined the OU PGCE as a part-time tutor in 2005.
My research interests include, ethics, teacher education and approaches to educational change. Alison Fox and I published a paper in the Cambridge Journal of Education which describes a way of thinking about ethics in educational research and argues that ethics is not just about following guidelines, but that it underpins the whole reserach design. This work has been adopted in the faculty of educatuion in Cambridge and has changed the way in which ethics is taught on their MEd programmes.
I conducted a small scale reseach project into APP and have subsequently been teaching about APP on our own PGCE course and on the Cambridge PGCE.
Between 2010 and 2013 I co-ordinated amTESSA Secondary Science. We are produced 15 units of work, modelled on the TESSA primary materials to support teacher educators and pre-service teachers in the lower secondary school. The project was funded by The Waterloo Foundation and involved the collaborative development of materials with 5 African partner institutions.
Between January 2014 and July 2016 I was the Science and School Leadership lead on the TESS-India programme. I continue to support West Bengal and Odisha in implementing their plans for the project. I was a co-author and facilitator for the TESS-India MOOC which ran twice in 2015.
In March 2016 we successfully secured further funding for TESSA from the Allen and Nesta Ferguson Foundation. I am working with colleagues in the Faculty and IDO to develop a strategy and programme of activities for the next three years.
Implementing change in the developing world
TESSA Secondary Science a research and development project funded by the Waterloo Foundation
I am currently studying for an EdD with The Open University. I am investigating a group of teacher educators in an East African university in order to understand how they see their role, how they carry it out and how they negotiate the tensions between the view of teaching and learning set out in policy aspirations and the TESSA materials, and the reality in school.
Generic Educational issues
Teacher Education and learner-centred teaching
TESSA and TESS-India are making a significant impact in supporting teachers and teacher educators in Africa and India in developing more participatory approaches to learning and teaching. The research and scholarship that I am undertaking for my EdD are informing my work on TESSA and TESS-India.
In my research that is part of the TESSA programme, I am collaborating with colleagues in Africa.
TESSA and TESS-India are International projects. I work closely with colleagues from India and a range of African countries.
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