Biography

Dr John Gordon is a Senior Lecturer in Education, working as a researcher, post-graduate supervisor and tutor in initial teacher education. He is a British Academy Mid-career Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

John’s research interests include teaching and learning in English education, particularly literary response in the classroom, and teacher knowledge and expertise.  He has published work in both areas in the books A Pedagogy of Poetry and Teaching English in Secondary Schools. He has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals, including the journals English in Education for the National Association for Teachers of English and the international perspective English Teaching: Practice and Critique. His doctoral research considered teaching and learning with poetry in schools, with particular focus on how children respond to poetry they hear, explored through application of Conversation Analysis. His broader research interests also include literacy, classroom talk, media education and teacher mentoring. He contributed the chapter on ‘Literacy Across the Curriculum’ to the book Preparing to Teach in Secondary Schools (Second and Third editions).

John has a record of successful research grant applications, receiving funding awards to lead English education projects for the Council for British Teachers, the Department for Education (formerly via the Training and Develop Agency) and the British Academy. He has also acted as a co-applicant for projects exploring students’ behaviour in schools and contributing resources to the Teacher Training Resource Bank.

John joined the School of Education and Lifelong Learning after working as a secondary phase teacher of English and Media Studies for several years in Norfolk and Suffolk schools. Since joining UEA he has acted as the school’s Director of Teaching and Learning and as co-director for the PGCE(M) programme. His teaching currently comprises leadership of the Secondary English PGCE(M) programme and PhD supervision, though John formerly taught on the BA in Education. He has brokered and developed collaborations and partnerships with numerous renowned organisations nationally and locally, including the British Library, the English & Media Centre, the BBC, the British Film Institute, Norwich City Football Club and The History of Advertising Trust. He has provided consultancy services for retail companies and for the arts and culture sector. He has extensive experience as an external examiner in higher education, having examined for Queen’s University Belfast, Brunel University, the University of Southampton and the University of St Mark and St John.

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