Reader in Philosophy of Education
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Doctor of Philosophy, Institute of Education, University of London
PGCE, University of Huddersfield
Bachelor of Arts, University of Sheffield
Master of Education, University of Sheffield
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,
Amanda is Reader in Philosophy of Education at Leeds Trinity University. Having undertaken a an (BA Hons) degree at the University of Sheffield, she has also completed a PhD, a Master of Education in Literacy, a PGCE Post-compulsory and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Before Amanda joined Leeds Trinity University has held a number of positions across a variety of universities and further education institutes. She was a:
Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Huddersfield. In this role Amanda was the programme leader for the BA Hons Education and Training where she was also an examinations tutor for the programme across more than 38 further education colleges. This role also required Amanda to have a substantial amount of teaching responsibility and other responsibilities included her being the:
Programme manager for Diplomas in Teaching English (Literacy) and ESOL in the Lifelong Learning Sector,
Lead tutor for the PGCE summer school specialist subject module,
lecturer on the enquires methods module on the MA in Professional Development and on the MA Education and Religion
Module Tutor for the BEd Education in Development delivered in Beijing.
Co- Supervision of one PhD candidate.
Senior Lecturer in Education and Skills for life (Literacy) at the University of Bolton. Within this role Amanda held a variety of different responsibilities. These were:
Course leader for Adult Literacy Subject Specialist Teacher Training Programmes;
Tutor for the full time PGCE programmes for adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL specialists;
Teaching modules on professional studies, curriculum theory, subject specialism, planning and preparation for learning, learning teaching and assessment.
Lecturer in Teacher Education and Skills for Life (Literacy) at Keighley College of Further Education. Whilst here Amanda had the following responsibilities:
Lecturer in adult literacy and English to speakers of other languages in a range of further education, adult and community outreach settings;
Programme design, delivery and assessment across a range of programmes and levels from entry level 1 to A-level English;
Key Skills Co-ordinator for Communications and Internal Verifier;
Course Leader for teacher education in adult literacy;
Lecturer on the University of Huddersfield’s PGCE (post compulsory) programme delivered at the college.
Amanda joined Leeds Trinity University in 2008 where she was has held a number of responsibilities within the University. She has been a Programme Manager for the MA in Education, Programme Manager for the Masters in Teaching and Learning, Chair of the Panel of Examiners (Postgraduate), Chair of the Departmental Ethics Committee, Programme Manager for the MA is Business Management, Member of the Research Ethics Sub Committee, Member of the Research Knowledge and Exchange Committee and the Head of Programmes for CPD, Master’s level programmes and Research. In 2016, shw was promoted to Reader in Philosophy of Education within the Institute of Childhood and Education.
Amanda holds specific interests and expertise in:
Philosophy of Education
Specific areas include: student satisfaction, student engagement, student expectation, pedagogy in higher education, the university, writing and academic literacies.
Research and practitioner enquiry
Specific areas include: research in schools, teachers as researchers, action research, narrative research and philosophy as research.
Adult literacy and skills (Specifically: policy and practice in adult literacy, pedagogy for adult reading and writing).
Amanda’s specific research areas are adult literacy policy and practice, higher education and pedagogy and philosophy of education. The specific areas within philosophy and education include conversation in higher education, student writing and academic literacies, the university tutorial and student satisfaction, engagement and expectation.
Amanda is currently involved in a number of research/consultancy projects. These are:
Funded year-long Large Grant Research Fellowship from the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. This project is titled ‘Disruptive Pedagogies: Unsettling Satisfaction, Expectation and Engagement in Higher Education
The Technologies of Reading and Writing. This is a programme of research on reading and writing in Higher Education, presented initially at the Educational Theory Summer Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in August 2015, and to be published in a special edition of Educational Theory in 2016.
Philosophy and Theory in Educational Research: Writing in the Margin. This is Research on philosophy as research to be published as a book (jointly written with Dr Naomi Hodgson) by Routledge in 2016
Debating Higher Education Series. This is Research leading to a series of books to be published by Springer, and jointly edited with Professors Ronald Barnett and Paul Gibbs.
Stanley Cavell. This is research for a chapter on the American philosopher, Stanley Cavell, to be published in the International Handbook of the Philosophy of Education
Amanda can also be consulted by external organisations on philosophical perspectives on education and adult literacy policy and practice.
Amanda has attended many conferences over the past 5-6 years where she has also presented a number of professional presentations. These presentations include:
March 2015 – Amanda gave a presentation on the paper ‘The Hermit and the Poet’ at the 50th anniversary PESGB (Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain) conference at New College Oxford on the 28th March 2015;
September, 2014 – Amanda gave a presentation on the paper ‘Margins, Methodology, Madness: Philosophy as Research in Higher Education’ at the European Conference on Educational Research at Porto, Portugal between 1st and 5th September 2014;
August 2014 – Amanda gave a presentation on the paper ‘Education, Expectation and the Unexpected’ at the International Network of Philosophers of Education Conference in Cosenza, Italy between 20th and 24th August 2014.
July 2014 – Amanda gave a presentation on the paper ‘Education, Collaboration and a New Economics’ at the Philosophy of Education as Lived Experience: Navigating the dichotomies of thought and action conference in Tilos, Greece between the 6th and 9th July 2014
July 2013 – Amanda gave a paper on the ‘Satisfaction, Settlement and Exposition: Conversation and the University Tutorial’ at the Philosophy of Education as Lived Experience: Navigating the dichotomies of thought and action conference in Tilos, Greece between the 6th and 10th July 2013.
July 2011 – Amanda gave a presentation on the paper ‘Conversations: Speaking and Listening’ at the Philosophy of Education as Lived Experience: Navigating the dichotomies of thought and action conference in Tilos, Greece between the 10th and 14th July 2011.
August 2010 – Amanda gave a paper on ‘Becoming Literate: Heidegger, Language and the Forgetfulness of Being’ at the International Colloquium between the Graduate School of Education, University of Kyoto, Japan and the Institute of Education, University of London.
May 2010 - Amanda gave a presentation on the paper ‘The Development of Teachers as Masters: Teaching as Trust, as Relationship and as Educative’ at the International Colloquium between the Katholieke University, Leuven, Belgium and the Institute of Education, University of London
September 2009 – Amanda gave a presentation on the paper ‘Flattery, Rhetoric or Parrhesia, Conversations in Initial Teacher Education’ at the European Educational Research Association Conference in Vienna, Austria
May 2009 – Amanda gave a paper on ‘Teacher Education and Observational Feedback’ at the International Colloquium between the Katholieke University, Leuven, Belgium and the Institute of Education, University of London
Her current research interests are in the field of philosophy of education, specifically student writing at university; conversation in higher education; the place of the university tutorial; student engagement; student satisfaction, and ethical relationships. This work is rooted in Buber’s conception of the life of dialogue, in Gabriel Marcel’s ideas of reciprocity, and in Emmanuel Levinas’ ethics. She has been involved in a range of collaborative and inter-disciplinary research projects both nationally and internationally. Amanda has published in the Journal of Philosophy of Education, in Ethics and Education and in Educational Theory.
Amanda teaches a variety of modules across the MA is Education Course. These modules are:
Contemporary Perspectives on Education;
Developing Professional Practice;
Dissertation; Philsophical Dissertation and Major Study.
She is also currently supervising 2 full time PhD students and 1 part time PhD student.
She is currently developing 2 courses that could run at Leeds Trinity University or a partner organisation. The courses are:
Bespoke programmes of Continuing Professional Development for schools and other educational institutions
A framework for Continuing Professional Development within the Institute allowing flexibility between programmes at postgraduate level.
Member of the University Research Ethics Sub Committee (to 2015);
Deputy Chair of the Research Ethics Committee in the Institute of Childhood and Education (2016 -;
Member of the Ethics Committee for the School of Social and Health Sciences (2016 -).
Research in the following areas:
- Philosophy of Education
- Philosophy of Higher Education
- Higher Education policy and practice
- Teaching and learning in higher education
- Student satisfaction, expectation, and engagement
- Language and conversation
- Work drawing on the following philosophers: Stanley Cavell; Martin Buber; Gabriel Marcel; Henry David Thoreau; Ralph Waldo Emerson