Education Lecturers Join Forces with Former Student for Research

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Two education lecturers have joined forces with one of their former students to undertake a piece of research exploring history in the national school curriculum.

Ann Jordan, Associate Head of the University of Worcester’s Institute of Education, and Paul Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, have been working with former Primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) student, Sarah Robinson.

Their combined research has resulted in an article on The Potential of History within the School Curriculum in England for Developing and Enhancing the Understanding of being a Citizen in the 21st Century, with an emphasis on the later primary experience and the start of secondary education.

The article has been published in Citizenship, Social and Economics Education: An International Journal (Vol.11 Issue 1) this year.

Sarah graduated in 2007 with a First class honours degree in Primary ITE and her specialist area was History.  She has undertaken a range of roles in schools since graduating, including being Head of History, Learning and Teaching Manager and School Mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers.

Since September 2009 she has undertaken some History teaching on the University’s 3 Year BA Qualified Teacher Status programme and also mentors primary trainees in school.

“Having studied at such an outstanding university, it has been my pleasure to take part in this research article with Ann and Paul; not only as part of my own Continuing Professional Development, but to maintain strong links with the University of Worcester,” Sarah said. “My first class honours degree equipped me with the means I needed to become an excellent teacher and I now enjoy working with other University of Worcester students to give them the tools they need to be succeed in the teaching profession.”

Ann Jordan added: “It is delightful to able to continue working with trainees after they have qualified and in this regard Sarah has made a really positive contribution to the ITE programme as well as the research article, using her expertise and practical experience to good effect.”