My background is in primary, initial and continuing teacher education. I am the Programme Director for the BA Education course, and in my previous post I held responsibility for overseeing programmes including BA Education Studies, MA Education and a Primary PGCE.

My main research interests lie in the principles and pedagogies relating to the development of children’s thinking skills and metacognition, and in early years pedagogy.  My doctoral thesis focused on young children’s thinking and the teaching of this. I am an accredited trainer for a number of thinking skills programmes and have studied at Project Zero, Harvard University.

I am also interested in exploring a approaches to support wellbeing, teacher reflection and close-to-practice research. I am undertaking original research in the rapidly growing field of human-animal education and interaction.

I am a peer reviewer for a number of academic journals, am an experienced External Examiner and am a Team Inspector for the Welsh Inspectorate, Estyn. I am experienced in supervising postgraduate students.

Areas of Expertise

  • Thinking skills and metacognition
  • Initial and continuing teacher education
  • Reflective practice
  • Animal assisted education and intervention
  • Close to practice research and enquiry


  1. Supporting the development of young children’s metacognition through the use of video-stimulated reflective dialogue. Early Child Development and Care, 1-17.
  2. & Teaching Creative and Critical Thinking in Schools. London: Sage.
  3. Professional Development for Teacher Educators: The Missing Link?. Cylchgrawn Addysg Cymru / Wales Journal of Education 19(1), 171-181.
  4. & A Close-up on Close-to-practice Research: Reflecting On Teacher Educators' Experiences of and Engagement with a Classroom-Based Research Project. Cylchgrawn Addysg Cymru / Wales Journal of Education 20(1), 76-92.
  5. & Moving the andragogy of teacher educators forward: the potential and challenges of Problem-Based Learning in teacher education. Journal of Problem-Based Learning 5(1), 5-20.

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Administrative Responsibilities

  • Senior Lecturer - Swansea University School of Education

    2019 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
1993 1999 Primary school teacher Lewisham Borough Council, London
1999 2006 Primary Numeracy Consultant Education School Improvement Service (ESIS) Four County Boroughs of Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf
2006 2019 Senior Lecturer: MA Ed Lead/ Primary PGCE Lead University of Wales Trinity Saint David

External Responsibilities

Key Grants and Projects

  • An evaluation of a school to school professional learning model 2019 - 2019

    , ERW regional consortia

  • Successful Futures for All 2017 - 2019

    : involves researchers from 5 HEIs across Wales., with Power, S., Taylor, C., Newton, N., Conn, C., Chapman, S., Davies, O., Kneen, J., HEFCW

  • An exploration into effective and efficient assessment strategies in primary and secondary classrooms 2017 - 2017

    , ERW regional consortia

  • Wellbeing and Future Generations Act. Tales with Tails: the impact of dogs in classrooms 2017 - 2019

    , UWTSD bursary