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I am joint deputy director of the Centre for Language Education Research (CLER) and my research interests are: Intercultural issues in Language Teaching and Teacher Education; issues in English for Academic Purposes; Exploratory Practice – practitioner research involving language learners and teachers investigating their own classroom practices. I am co-author of The Developing Language Learner: an introduction to exploratory practice (Allwright & Hanks, 2009). Most recently I have been working on a project funded by British Council-Newton Travel Grants, Katib-Celebi Fund, in Izmir, Turkey, and Northern Cyprus to set up a language teacher-research network.
My major research interest is language learning motivation and how it may be understood as socially negotiated and constructed. My work takes a dialogical approach to motivation based on the work of M. M. Bakhtin, using his concept of ideological becoming to interpret language learning motivation as part of a broader process of learning to be in the world. I am also interested in qualitative research methodology, particularly narrative and life history methods, and specifically in the development of more ethical, dialogic and decentred research methodologies in language learning and intercultural communication.
I am conducting research for a Doctorate in Education (EdD) which aims to explore how these students’ conceptualisations of physics subject knowledge change during their ITE course and the approaches they report as being effective for developing their understanding of physics.
At present, I am researching issues related to the new mandatory training for SENCOs. This is a follow-up to my previous research for NASEN which has included the Recruitment, induction and retention of SENCos, The recruitment of SENCos through external adverts, The role of the Governing Body in special educational needs, with particular reference to the SEN Governor, The working lives of SENCos and The staffing and governance of special schools.
I am currently in the final year of my PhD investigating the role of Teaching Assistants in supporting deaf children in mainstream secondary schools by consider the nature of deaf children’s learning within such provision from the teaching assistants perspectives. I spent a number of years as a mainstream primary teacher before training and working as a Teacher of the Deaf across a wide range of different educational provisions. Since 2008 I have been involved in training Teachers of the Deaf, teaching assistants and other professionals who work with deaf children through The Ear Foundation and as a tutor on the MA Deaf Education Programme here at Leeds.
My principle research interests are in the development and learning of children with developmental disorders particularly those with movement difficulties. These interests encompass the assessment of children and in modifying the environment such that allows participation and learning. I am currently engaged in projects surrounding ecological intervention with children showing movement difficulties.
My research centres on deafness, language and learning and the development of practitioner understanding and pedagogies. I am interested in deaf children’s multimodal and multilingual language experience and use and the role of sign language in education. My current work centres on the development of a new language model which situates deafess and language learning within a plural view of language and culture in society.
My principal research and teaching interests are in international, comparative and intercultural aspects of educational leadership and management, both in schools and the higher education sector. My current interests include theory related to school culture, the ethics of school leadership, the professional learning and continuing professional development of educational leaders, research cultures in universities and leadership in the 14-19 curriculum. My international research interests include educational policy, schooling and higher education management in China.