Dr James Shea

Principal Lecturer in Teacher Education

James Shea

I am the portfolio lead for all post graduate courses in the School of Teacher Education. Further, I am the course coordinator for all the PGCE secondary teacher education programmes here at the University of Bedfordshire. As part of my role I am the joint phase lead for secondary teacher education across the university, a role which oversees self evalaution and improvement of the area.

In terms of research, I am currently leading on a 40 school research project into neuroscience and memory formation as well as undertaking a study into handwriting intervention.

Across the Faculty of Education and Sport and within the School of Teacher Education I am the Faculty Teaching and Learning representative for the School of Teacher Education and sit on a range of committees including: the Faculty Staff Experience Committee, the School Direct Committee, the Mentor Development Committee and the QTS Development Committee.

Previously I was the elected academic governor of the University of Bedfordshire from 2010 to 2012.

As a former secondary Head of English and now Principal Lecturer in Teacher Education, my main work is in educating teachers whilst working with partnership schools through research and teacher education.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Language and Literature 
  • PGCE English, Drama and Media 
  • PGCE Academic Practice 
  • MA Education – Leadership and Management 
  • Ed.D. in Teacher Education
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Teaching Expertise

  • Leadership and Management in Teacher Education
  • Theories of learning: cognitive science, neuroscience and social constructivism
  • The teaching of English
  • Research and Evidence Informed Teaching
  • Partnership and Mentoring
  • Technologies and Education
  • Constellations of Communities of Practice in Education

Awards

  • Runner up 2021 for the Vice Chancellor's Awards in the Inspirational Teaching category
  • Runner Up 2019, University of Bedfordshire's Outstanding Teaching Award in the VC's Student Experience Awards
  • Runner Up 2019, University of Bedfordshire's ‘Best of Beds’ Award in the VC's Student Experience Awards
  • Runner Up 2017, University of Bedfordshire's Use of Technology Teaching Award in the VC's Student Experience Awards
  • Runner Up 2017, University of Bedfordshire's Use of Technology Teaching Award in the VC's Student Experience Awards
  • Commended 2016, University of Bedfordshire's Outstanding Teaching Award in the VC's Student Experience Awards
  • Runner Up 2014, University of Bedfordshire's Inspirational Teaching Award in the VC's Student Experience Awards
  • Winner 2013, University of Bedfordshire's Inspirational Teaching Award in the VC's Student Experience Awards
  • Winner 2011, University of Bedfordshire's Staff of the Year Award in the Commitment Category

Research Interests

  • Neuroscience and Cognitive Science in Education
  • Handwriting and Supportive Interventions
  • Technology and Education
  • Communities of Practice
  • Teaching of English

Research Projects

External Roles

  • Senior Editor and Writer of Education Blog Site: PeerReviewedEducationBlog.com
  • Chief External Examiner for the University of Birmingham PGCE Secondary Education Programme

Publications

  • Shea, J. (2021) Planning and designing a creative secondary English curriculum, Chapter 5, in Wearmouth, J., and Lindley, K. (eds), Bringing the Curriculum to Life, London: McGraw Hill
  • Connolly, S., Bates, G., and Shea, J., (2020) First meetings: constructive first encounters between pre-service teachers and their mentors, International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 9(4), pp. 411-426.
  • Shea, J. (2020) Primary English - how does talking help a child learn?, Association for the study of Primary Education, Issue 13
  • Shea, J. (2019) The hidden voice of pre-service teachers in their private social media interactions, Chapter 6, in J. Wearmouth & A. Goodwyn (eds) Pupil, Teacher and Student Voice in Educational Institutions. Values, opinions, beliefs and perspectives, London: Routledge
  • Shea, J., (2018) Secondary ITE in England and Wales, Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies
  • Shea, J., (2018) Digital Technologies and Online Learning in England and Wales, Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies
  • Shea J., and Stockford, A., (2017), A Critical Approach to Global Citizenship in Initial Teacher Education in the UK, Journal of Pedagogic Development 7(2), pp. 3-12
  • Shea, J., (2014) ‘Social Networking: A Curse or a Blessing?’ Special Children, 224 pp 40-42,
  • Shea, J., (2014) ‘ICT and Assessment’, in M. Leask and Pachler (eds) Learning to Teach Using ICT in the Secondary School, London: Routledge
  • Shea, J., Stockford, T. (2014) 'Inspiring your students with technology - embedding technology into the secondary curriculum', Routledge
  • Shea, J., ‘Teaching English with ICT’, in Andrew Green, (2012) A Practical Guide to Teaching English in the Secondary Sector, Routledge

Contact Details

T: +44 (0)1234 793276
E: james.shea@beds.ac.uk
Room: J0.10b, Bedford campus

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