I am Professor of Teacher Education and Director for International Development in Teacher Education at The Open University (OU). I am responsible for a number of teacher professional development projects in India, Bangladesh, and Sub-Saharan Africa which use Open Educational Resources.
Before joining the OU, I worked as a school teacher of science, engineering and technology in different secondary comprehensive schools in England and in Wales, including head of department, and as a primary school advisory teacher in Powys. I was a lecturer in education at Swansea University.
I have authored or edited 12 books/handbooks for teachers and over 100 academic papers; and acted as a consultant in the professional development of teachers to Egyptian, South African and Argentinean government agencies, UNESCO and the World Bank.
When not working for the OU, I enjoy amateur dramatics, particularly Gilbert & Sullivan and playing with my grandchildren.
BA(York) Physics with Education. PGCE (York). MA(Ed)(Open). C.Phys. F.Inst.P. FRSA FHEA
Teaching commitments: Supervision of PhD and EdD students. Workshops for International Projects.
My research interests are in the fields of teacher professional knowledge; teacher education and development; and technology and science education. I have published extensively in these areas.
Currently I am involved in three major Research and Development projects:
Capacity Development of Faculties of Education in International approaches to teacher education (CEDFE). A TEMPUS funded project involving a number of Universities across Europe and the Middle East. It is led by the American University of Cairo.
TESS-India - a large professional development programme which will support 7 states governments and many NGOs in producing Open Educational Resources for their Teachers for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). I have particular responsibility for working with Indian colleagues on the secondary science materials. TESS-India
English in Action (EIA) - This project is in the second three-year expansion phase of this nine-year project. The pilot phase included 6 baseline studies and the development of a framework to investigate the developing teaching strategies and language competence of teachers in Bangladesh. http://www.eiabd.com/eia/
last updated 16-Dec-2012