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Dr Colin Howard

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education: Science

Institute of Education

Contact Details

email: c.howard@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 542494

Dr Colin Howard has been involved in primary education for 24 years of which over 14 years has been as a successful headteacher in both small village and large primary settings. He has a strong research background in educational leadership and the influence that school buildings have upon their stakeholders. He currently inspects schools for the Diocese of Hereford as a S48 SIAMS Inspector.

Qualifications

Ph.D (University of Birmingham 2013)

Title 'The Influence of new school buildings upon the motivation, morale and job satisfaction of their teaching staff’.

M.Ed Educational Leadership (Gloucester University 2006).

B.Ed (Hons) (Lancaster University 1986).

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Leading Teaching Award (University of Worcester) 2016

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests 

Colin Howard is scheduled to teach on the following undergraduate and post-graduate courses. He is Director of Studies for a Ph.D. entitled ‘Sustaining Teacher Quality: Associations between Primary Teachers’ Commitment, Professional Identity and Retention’. He is a supervisor on the Masters Programme at the University of Worcester.

Undergraduate

PITE1004 Science
PITE 2003 Primary Science
PITE3005 Science
PITE 3002 Research Methods
PITE3003 PRiSS (Undergraduate dissertation module)

Postgraduate

PGCR 3001 Primary Science
PGFS 3003
PGSS3003 SEND
PITE3001

Research Interests

Teaching of Science in the Primary Classroom
Educational Leadership
Retention of the Talent Pool of Teaching Professionals
Teaching Professional Lives, Motivation, Morale and Job Satisfaction.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

 Member of BELMAS

Publications

Publications

Howard, C., Carroll, J., Owens, J. and Langston, D. (2019) ‘The School Mentor’s Guide: How to mentor newly qualified and recently qualified teachers’ Sage: Learning Matters (in production)

Dhillon, J., Howard, C. and Holt, D. (2018) Outstanding leadership in primary education: perceptions of school leaders in English primary schools. ( journal article out for review).

Hymer, B. & Lockney compiled by NASBITT (2018) Themes and Issues in Primary Education.

Chapter 5: Planning and Assessment. ‘From Your Primary School-Based Experience’ Howard, C. & Bingle, B. Chapter 8: Behaviour Management and Classroom Discipline. ‘From Your Primary School-Based Experience’ Howard, C. & Robinson, C.

Blackmore, K., Howard, C. and Kington, A. (2018) Trainee Teachers’ Experience of Primary Science Teaching, and the Perceived Impact on Their Developing Professional Identity. European Journal of Teacher Education. pp. 1-20. ISSN 0261-9768 Online: 1469-5928 (In Press) 

Howard, C., Carroll, J., & Knight, B. (2018) Understanding British Values in Primary Schools: Policy and Practice. Transforming Primary QTS . SAGE Publications Ltd (Learning Matters), London, UK. ISBN Paperback: 9781526408419 Hardcover: 9781526408402 http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/6345/

Billlingsley, B., Ramos Arias, A., Blackmore, K. & Howard, C. (2018) Teaching Evolution in Rural Primary Schools. Wellcome Trust: 'Evolution on Rural Tour'.

Kington, A., M. Watkins., Howard, C., B. Bingle. and Robinson, C. (in prep 2018-19) The Impact of Professional, Situated and Personal Critical Events on Mid-career Teacher Identity

Kington, A., Bingle, B., Howard, C. and Watkins, M. (in prep 2018-19) Primary Teachers’ Constructs of Mid-career Professional Identity. Journal of Constructivist Psychology

Kington, A., Buckler, S., Watkins, M., Howard, C. and Howarth, S. (in prep 2018-19) Inner Sanctum or Place to Hide? The role and impact of primary school staffrooms 

Howard, C., Burton, M., Barrell, R. & Levermore, D. (2017) Children’s Mental Health and Emotional Well-being in Primary Schools. A Whole School Approach. Learning Matters. Sage Publications Ltd, London. ISBN Paperback: 978-1473975798 Hardback: 978-1473975781 https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5530

Bingle, B., Kington, A., Howard, C. and Robinson, C. (2017) Tales from the Watershed: Using repertory grids in the study of teachers‘ mid-career identity. In: Personal Construct Psychology at 60: Papers from the 21st International Congress, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing. ISBB 978-1-4438-8279-8

Bingle, B., Kington, A., Howard, C. and Robinson, C. (2017). Tales from the Watershed: Using repertory grids in the study of teachers‘ mid-career identity. In: Winter, D.A., Cummins, P., Procter H. and Reed N. (Eds) Personal Construct Psychology in the 21st Century, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing

Tales from the Watershed: The use of narrative and repertory grid interviews in the study of primary teachers' mid-career identity. (Research Project 2015-17 with Dr A. Kington & B. Bingle)

Robinson, C., Bingle, B., & Howard, C. (2016) Surviving and Thriving as a Primary NQT. Cheshire, Critical Publishing. http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/4204/

Howard, C. & Cooke, V. (2016) ‘Key Concepts in Primary Science: audit and subject knowledge’. Critical Publishing. http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/4205/

Howard, C. & Cooke, V. (2016) The Evolution and Inheritance of the New Primary Curriculum. Teachers Media. Available at http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/4187/

Bingle, B., Howard, C., Robinson, C. & Kington, A. (2015). Tales from the Watershed: Using repertory grids in the study teachers’ mid-career identity. Paper presented at the XXIth International Congress for Personal Construct Psychology (July), Hatfield, UK

Robinson, C., Bingle, B., & Howard C. (2015) 2nd Edn. Your Primary School Based Experience. A Guide to Outstanding Placements. Cheshire. Critical Publishing

Cooke, V. & Howard C. (2015) Practical Ideas for Teaching Primary Science. Cheshire. Critical Publishing

Howard, C. & Blackmore, K. (2015) ‘A hard nut to crack- improving primary trainee teacher confidence in teaching physical processes topics’. Science Teacher Education, Vol 73 (June) Association of Science Education. Available http://www.ase.org.uk/journals/science-teacher-education/

Howard, C. (2014) The Role of Posters as a means of Summative Assessment. Available at http://www.worc.ac.uk/edu/documents/The_Role_of_Posters_as_a_means_of_Summative_Assessment.pdf

Cooke, V. & Howard, C. (2014) Talk: Using dialogic talk in science. Available at http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/3518/

Howard, C. (2013) The influence of new school buildings upon the motivation morale and job satisfaction of teaching professionals. Paper presented to the 11th Annual Conference School of Education Research Conference: University of Birmingham. ISBN9780704428317

Robinson, C., Bingle, B., & Howard, C., (publication July 2013) Primary School Placements: A Critical Guide to Outstanding Teaching. Cheshire, Critical Publishing

Book Reviews

Howard , C. (2016) Forster, C. & Eperjesi, R. Action Research for New Teachers. Sage Publication

Howard H & Cooke, C. (2014) Lecturers Produce New Text to Aid Primary Science Teachers. Spirit Autumn/Winter Alumni Magazine. Vol 12: p.18. Available at http://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/spirit-autumn-winter-14.pdf (accessed 18/11/14)

Howard, C. (2011). The Design of Learning Spaces, Evaluation & Research in Education

Howard, C. (2008). Research methods in educational leadership and management. International Journal of Research & Method Education

Published Articles

Howard, C. (2013). The Influence of New School Buildings upon the Motivation, Morale and Job Satisfaction of Teaching Professionals. Institute of Education Research Digest, Issue 3, July 2013

Howard, C. (1990). Flooding in a local context, for the primary child. Teaching Earth Sciences, Volume 15(4), 106-107

Howard, C. (1989). The value of trace fossils in the primary classroom. Teaching Earth Sciences, Volume 14 (2), 66-67

Howard, C. (1987). A method of illustrating the formation of cross bedding in Aeolian deposit to primary children. Geology Teaching, Volume 12(2), 68-69

Howard, C. (1987). The sedimentary structure: can it be useful to the geologist? Geology Teaching, Volume 12(4), 148-149

Conference Presentations 

Dhillon, J., Howard, C., Cooke, V., Whittingham, T. and Holt, J. (2017) Stakeholder Perceptions of Outstanding Leadership in Schools and Colleges in England. In: British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference 2017, 7-9 July 2017, Stratford upon Avon, England. (Unpublished)

Howard, C., Withams, L. & Hutchins, C. (2016) What are the key influences for trainees in deciding whether to choose science for their specialist research project in the third and final year of their Primary ITE course? University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference 'Showcasing and Exploring Excellence'

Barrell, R. & Howard, C. (2016) Working in Partnership (WiP): Using students as change processors and active participants in course development decision making on a primary initial teacher education programme. HEA Surveys Conference 2016: Linking Enhancement and Excellence

Dhillon, K., Howard, C. and Cooke, V. (2016) ‘Unlocking characteristics of outstanding leadership in schools and colleges in England’. British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference 2016

Howard, C. & Blackmore, K. (2016) ‘Evolution and Inheritance for Primary Teachers’. The Association for Science Education Annual Conference 2016. University of Birmingham

Howard, C. (2015) 'Moving on from Carter (2015). Why is research important to teaching professional lives? University of Worcester Institute of Education Annual Postgraduate Research Conference ‘Reform, Resistance and Transformation in Education

Howard, C. and Barrell, R. (2015) 'Fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment for male students in undergraduate teacher education courses'. University of Worcester Teaching and Student Experience Conference. 'Building a community of learning through innovation and shared responsibility'

Howard, C., Holloway., Holloway. and Blackmore K. (2015) 'The role of tablet technology in undergraduate teaching training to promote teaching and learning in pupils with SEND'. University of Worcester Teaching and Student Experience Conference. Building a community of learning through innovation and shared responsibility'

Bingle, B., Howard, C., Kington. and Robinson, C. (2015) Tales from the Watershed: Using repertory grids in the study of teachers' midcareer identity. XXIst International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology - 'PCP at 60: Past, Present and Future'

Howard, C. (2014) ‘How can the use of posters as a means of summative assessment promote student’s learning within undergraduate students’. University of Worcester Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference

“Hands on, minds on” – encouraging conceptual change in trainee teacher populations. To be presented with the University Institute of Education, Primary Science Team at the Annual UW Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference 20 June 2013

April (2013) The motivation, morale and job satisfaction of teaching professionals. University of Worcester, Institute of Education Research Seminar

Howard, C. (2012) The Influence of New School Buildings on the Motivation, Morale and Job Satisfaction of Teaching Professionals. Presented at the 11th School of Education Research Conference, University of Birmingham

Howard, C. (October 2013) ‘Do new school building programmes make a difference to teaching professional lives?’ University of Worcester, People, Policy and Practice: Research Focus Conference

Howard, C., Kington, A. & McKerr, L. (October 2013) ‘Developing Professional Identity: from methods to messages’. University of Worcester, People, Policy and Practice: Research Focus Conference

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External Examiner Primary Education, Chester University

Registered SIAMS S48 Inspector for the Diocese of Hereford