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Mr Stephen Harrison

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Professional biography

My professional background is in informal and community education, working with children, young people and adults in a wide variety of settings. I have worked as a Youth Worker in Bristol, London and Hong Kong and a Play Worker in Bristol and London (working with children through Save the Children on an all day visit scheme in Holloway Prison and with children from Gypsy and Traveller backgrounds via the London Gypsy Traveller Project). I have also worked extensively within the field of Drug Education and harm minimisation.

Since 1997 I have been predominantly involved in the field of professional education, teaching and managing Undergraduate programmes leading to qualifications in Youth and Community Work across the UK and Ireland.

From 1997 to 2006 I Was a Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer in Inform al and commu nity educations at the YMCA George Williams College in London. 

I joined the Open Univeristy in 2008 as an Associate Lecturer on E118  and  then joined as a full time member of the Academic Staff in 2011.

From 2016-2019 I was Programme Lead for Childhood and Youth Studies (Undergraduate) at the Open University.

I am currently a Staff Tutor/Senior Lecturer within the School for Education Childhood, Youth and Sport. I am Lead Staff Tutor for Childhood and Youth Studies alongside Sport and Fitness

I am a member the SAGE Zimbabwe Team supporting the development of Community Education provision in Zimbabwe. I am also a co-investigator within e research project exploring the networks of support for community educators within the SAGE programme.

I am studying towards a PHD with the Open University. I am examining the development of expertise and reflective practices amongst community educators within the SAGE Zimbabwe Programme.

Research interests

My research interests centre around work with Young People, 'informal learning', 'professional formation' and 'identity and the social dimension of learning'.

I am involved in a range of scholarship projects examing various dimensions of teaching and learning here at the Open univeristy.

I have recently contibuted as a central team member to the NP3 research project: http://edfutures.net/Main_Page

 I am currenly a co-investigator within a research project exploring the networks of support for community educators within the SAGE programme.

I am studying towards a PHD with the Open University. I am examining the development of expertise and reflective practices amongst community educators within the SAGE Zimbabwe Programme.

 

 

 

 

Teaching interests

 

I am currently Staff Tutor Lead for the Childhood and Youth Pathway and Lead Cluster Manager for E808 Children and Young People's Worlds and E809 'Frameworks for critical practice with children and young people'.

 

From 2016 - 2019 I was Programme Lead for Childhood and youth Studies (Undergraduate) which includes:

Q23 BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies 

Q55 BA (Hons) Youth Work

 

 

External collaborations

I was the lead academic consultant for the Open University on the filming of 'Old School with the Hairy Bikers'. for more information click http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07bk61x

 

 

 

 

I am currently involved in supporting the development of Community Education Hubs supporting adolescent girls in accessing education in Zimbabwe as part of the SAGE Zimbawe project.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)CentreFaculty of Education and Language Studies

Publications

Real lives, imagined futures: stories of participation and progression through the Open University professional qualification in youth work (2012-10-31)
Golding, Tyrrell; Harrison, Roger and Harrison, Stephen
In : Developing Internships and Work Based Learning Opportunities for Mature Students: Creating Opportunities and Raising Aspirations (31 Oct 2012, Milton Keynes, UK)


NP3 – New Purposes, New Practices, New Pedagogy: Meta-analysis report (2017)
Twining, P.; Browne, N.; Murphy, P.; Hempel-Jorgensen, A.; Harrison, S. and Parmar, N.
Society for Educational Studies, London.