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I studied English Language and Literature at the University of Edinburgh before qualifying as a primary teacher and working for 15 years in classrooms. I have taught at all stages of the Primary school (including nursery), in early secondary classrooms and in further education colleges. My teaching experience ranges across both state and independent schools, in the UK and overseas in the international school system. I became interested in curriculum development work while still teaching and undertook an Open University Masters in Education specialising in literacy and assessment issues in the Primary Curriculum. I moved into Teacher Education in 2001 as lecturer in the department of Childhood and Primary studies at the University of Strathclyde. I was a member of the Higher Education Institution Research and Development Group for The Assessment is for Learning Programme in Scotland for 6 years. While working at Strathclyde, I also undertook a professional doctorate, which brought together my interests in literacy education, assessment and teacher development. In 2005, I joined the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Edinburgh. I am currently Director of the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) and a senior lecturer in the Moray House School of Education, responsible for the learning of around 150 graduate students every year. I was a research Fellow on the Applied Educational Research Scheme (AERS) Learners, Learning and Teaching Network, working on a project investigating Teachers as Learners. My current research interests lie in the area of Teacher Education and Development and I offer supervision for research students in this area.
I am happy to supervise research under the headings above.
I am currently involved in two main areas of personal academic research:
I collaborate in research with colleagues in the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and Aberdeen.
This article was published on Oct 25, 2011