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Dr Stephen Bigger

Senior Lecturer & PhD Supervisor

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855504

PhD (Religious Studies/Anthropology)
Cert.Ed. (Early Years), 1982
BA (Hons) in Biblical Studies

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

My work focuses on motivation to learn. Also: Research methods, social and emotional education, critical multiculturalism, world religions.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Escalate (HE Academy)
British Educational Research Association
International Professional Development Association        
Centre for Beliefs and Values
Society for Old Testament Study




Bigger S (ed) 1989 Creating the Old Testament: the Emergence of the Hebrew Bible Oxford, Basil Blackwell.

Ashcroft K, Bigger S & Coates D 1996 Researching into Equal Opportunities in Colleges and Universities London, Kogan Page.

Bigger S & Brown E 1999 Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education: Exploring Values in the School Curriculum London, David Fulton


Bigger, S. (2010) Literature For Learning: Can Stories Enhance Children’s Education? Almas , Vol. 11 . ISSN 1818-9296 (text)

Bigger S. and Webb J. 2010 Developing Environmental Agency and Engagement through Young People's Fiction. Environmental Education Research (text)

Bigger, S. (2009) Review Article: Victor Turner, Liminality and Cultural Performance. Journal of Beliefs and Values, 30 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 1361-7672

Bigger, S. (2009) Review, The Lucifer Effect: How Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo. Journal of Beliefs and Values . pp. 1-3. ISSN 1361-7672 (text) 

Bigger, S. (2009) The Potential of Blogs in Higher Degree Supervision, in Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching issue 1 (online)

Bigger, S. 2009 Ethno-spirituality: A postcolonial problematic? Alternation Special Edition 3 (2009) 218 - 236 ISSN 1023-1757 Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa (text)

Bigger, S. 2009 Victor Turner's Ritual and Contemporary Cultural Performance:Review article, Journal of Beliefs and Values)  September 2009 (text)

Bigger, S. (2008) Evaluation Report on the Swindon Youth Empowerment Programme, archived at (text)

Bigger S 2008 Building self-worth and self understanding through guided visualisation: a unique project with disturbed pupils, Research Focus, University of Worcester (text)

Bigger, S. 2008 Review article: Roehlkeptartain E C et al, (2006), The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence Thousand Oaks: Sage (JBV 29 (3) 2008, 336-8)

Bigger, S 2007 Secular Spiritual Education? Educational Futures, vol 1, no. 1, June, pp.49-69     (British Education Studies Association) (text)

Bigger, S 2006 Muslim Women’s Views on Dress Code and the hijaab: some issues for education, Journal of Beliefs and Values, vol. 27 (2) 215-226. (text)

Bigger, S 2005, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: The Nature of Good and Evil, National Theatre Teachers Website.

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External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Vice-Chair Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET)
CPD Committee 2001-4
Director Birmingham Compact 1992-4
Chair, NATFHE Religious Studies Section, 1989-92
Inspector, British Accreditation Council (since 2009)
External examiner since 2000: University of Bath (MA, MRes 2001-5); University of Gloucestershire (EdD, 2005-9)
PhD Examiner (12): Oxford Brookes, Chichester, Lampeter, Anglia Ruskin, Bath, Worcester, Sargodha (Pakistan), Tamil Nadu (India)