I am an author, PGDE tutor & school psychology teacher. My research interests focus on memory and on teacher research engagement, and I have authored several books relating to the psychology of education, as well as school psychology textbooks.
Currently I am researching the application of the ‘interleaving effect’ to classroom tasks, as well as learner and teacher beliefs about memory and about classroom techniques. I’m also part of a team looking at how research is accessed and used in the workplace, and exploring ‘nudge psychology’ strategies for better research engagement.
Study History and employment
I work as a Teaching Fellow at the School of Education of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and have also taught in schools, adult education, and online. I did my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of St.Andrews, and then completed an MSc in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. I am now in my final stages of a part-time PhD, which I have completed alongside my teaching work.
Recent Talks & workshops
I have given several workshops and talks, most recently:
‘Metacognition: how effectively can students and educators reflect on experience?’ Guest seminar at the University of Glasgow’s School of Psychology, Glasgow, 17th May 2019.
‘Mythbusting.’ Keynote at Accelerate Early Career Teachers, Chartered College of Teaching/Department of Education event, Manchester, 16 March 2019.
A full list of my past talks can be seen here (listed below the books/publications), and I would be happy to discuss future speaking opportunities – just message me via my contact page. I also run CPD sessions – more information here.
My publications fall into three main categories:
Books for teachers
Textbooks for school psychology
My most recent publication is ‘The Teacher’s Guide to Research’ – as the name suggests, it aims to guide teachers through the process of using research in their classrooms, including equipping them to carry out and share their own research/practitioner enquiry projects.