Dr Katharine Burn
Katharine taught history in schools in Oxford for ten years before completing a doctorate focused on beginning teachers’ professional learning. She first joined the Department of Education at Oxford in 2002, but spent four years working as a Senior Lecturer in History Education at the Institute of Education, before returning to Oxford in 2013.
Katharine teaches on the PGCE history programme and within the MSc in Learning and Teaching. She supervises Masters and doctoral students, particularly focusing on teachers’ professional learning at all career stages and on history teaching and learning. Katharine is also Deputy President of the Historical Association and a co-editor of the professional journal Teaching History.
Katharine has co-ordinated the work of the Oxford Education Deanery since 2014. She has supported many of the participants within the Action Research Fellowship Programme and hosts the regular meetings of the Research Champions and of the network of local teachers engaged in the Enhanced Masters in Learning and Teaching.
Dr Jessica Chan
Deanery Project Officer (starting 24 July 2018)
The massive impacts teachers have on students, learning and in a broad sense, the future of our society have driven Jessica to research pedagogy, theories of learning and teacher professional development.
Her research interests and foci can be described as:
- Vygotskian and post-Vygotskian concepts in human development
- Pedagogy; formative assessment
- Teacher education and professional development
- Methodological issues in Cultural-historical theory
- Learning in groups; classroom interaction
- Conditions of effective teaching
Slightly crossing the boundary, Jessica is also keen on bringing the fruits of educational research to medicine, especially in medical education and inter-professional work in health services.
PGCE School Partnership Manager
Linda has a background in teaching, having qualified and taught in secondary schools before moving into management in the private leisure industry and then returning to education, working in the administration of teacher training for the last 18 years.
This partnership post provides the link between the academic and administrative staff in the Department and the staff in partner schools who work with us under the PGCE Internship Scheme.
Linda manages the school placement process and liaises with all school partners in the allocation of interns and resources including the provision for induction for new mentors and professional tutors.
For the Deanery, Linda manages the joint Partnership and Deanery Committee meetings.
Bodleian Education Librarian & Subject Consultant
Cathy manages the Education Library within the Department of Education at Norham Gardens. She supports local teachers in identifying and accessing the research literature they need to support their work in schools.