Dr Mary Bovill
Programme Director: PGDE (Secondary Education) / Lecturer and Researcher
Moray House School of Education and Sport, CH 4.20
- University of Edinburgh (Holyrood Campus)
- Post code
- EH8 8AQ
My PhD developed out of research interests in teachers’ beliefs about texts and textual practices in secondary English and history: Ways of Being, Ways of Knowing: Framing Pupils’ Engagement with Literary and Historical Texts. I teach on ITE programmes, specifically in English and Philosophy with Children, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing a philosophical inquiry pedagogy in the secondary classroom. My current research interests explore critical pedagogy and critical literacy; citizenship; interdisciplinary learning and communities of practice. I lead an interdisciplinary project with the philosophy department on ‘Philosophy in Prisons’ and continue to develop my methodological approaches to interpretative phenomenological analysis in all areas of research. In both my teaching and research activities, I am interested in developing teachers’ understanding of a critical pedagogy that values human reasoning and challenges static concepts of identity.
1993 MA(Hons) Philosophy University of Glasgow
1996 PGCE (Secondary) English University of Edinburgh
2015 PhD Education University of Edinburgh
Responsibilities & affiliations
Member of Pedagogy, Learning and Curriculum Research Cluster Group and Philosophy of Education Research Cluster Group at the School of Education, Moray House
Conceptions of texts and textual practices in English and History.
Philosophy in prisons
Philosophy with children
Past research interests'Ways of Being, Ways of Knowing: Framing pupils' Engagement with Literary and Historical Texts'
Philosophy in Prisons
Philosophy in Schools
Teaching for Critical Thinking in Business: Developing the Active Teacher to Support Student Critical Thinking
Current project grants