Unexpected educators: the pedagogies of practitioners and professionals
The deadline for 2012 Doctoral College Studentships has now passed.
The Brighton Doctoral College is pleased to welcome applications from self-funded or externally sponsored students for programmes of research in this or a closely related area, beginning from September 2012. Applications are welcome from students wishing to study full time or part time, and applications are welcome from students in employment who have the support of their employers.
- Based in the Faculty of Education and Sport
- Supervisors: Professor Avril Loveless; Dr Keith Turvey.
The university cannot guarantee that students can start at their requested date unless deadlines are met.
- UK/EU students: The deadline for the university to receive applications for an entry date of October is the 1 August, for January entry it is the 1 November and for May it is the 1 March.
- International students: The deadline for the university to receive applications for an entry date of October is the 1 June, for January entry it is the 1 September and for May it is the 1 January.
There are many people who are great educators, demonstrating conceptual depth, contextual scope and pedagogic reach in their practice, and from whom others learn often in informal or non-traditional educational contexts.
Health professionals, creative practitioners and entrepreneurs in diverse fields are examples of such people who can have an educational role in their work, yet are not formally recognized or prepared as teachers. At a time of global reform and upheaval in education, it is important to understand pedagogies in diverse contexts in order to support innovation in professional development, recognizing the contribution that unexpected educators make to learning in society. This will influence practice and policy in recognizing diverse talent and supporting professional development in changing career trajectories.
The School of Education seeks PhD proposals that offer research questions which will identify communities of educators in different contexts. It will employ mixed-method research approaches to understanding pedagogical expertise and the implications for models of professional development of educators and leaders in wider contexts.
The research will be conducted against a background of a current national and international research focus on innovations in pedagogy, and will therefore extend knowledge and practice in new contexts. The supervision team has an excellent international reputation for research and practice in pedagogy and creativity. Other senior researchers in the Education Research Centre have expertise in narrative research methodology and theory, and have made world-class contributions to using ‘stories of action in theories of context’ in the field of education. The interdisciplinary nature of the project affords opportunities to work with researchers in the School of Health Professions, Faculty of Arts and Brighton Business School.