Research Assistant and Salaried Academic Tutor
I joined the University of Sunderland in 2015, first as an Academic Tutor and then as a Research Assistant for the University of Sunderland's Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT). My work involves supporting teaching and research as part of a National Practitioner Research Programme (PRP) for teachers and education leaders from the Further, Adult and Vocational Education (FAVE) sector across England. This programme of research support is sponsored by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). I work in close collaboration with the Foundation in supporting the delivery of the ETF-SUNCETT PRP which leads to the award of a Master of Arts Module or a Master of Philosophy Research Degree. Each year, I support the organisation and management of the Foundation's Annual Research Conference in London.
I am currently assisting the SUNCETT team in the publication of a second edition of the already successful textbook Reflective Teaching in Further Adult and Vocational Education, which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2019 and Practice-Focused Research in Further Adult and Vocational Education: shifting horizons of educational practice, theory and research, scheduled for publication by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2019.
My research interests include the study of English Language and Literacy, in particular the development of creative approaches to teaching and learning. My research explores the potential of digital storytelling devices to develop children's motivation to write. More recently, my work focuses upon supporting the development of practitioner-research and creative teaching in the FAVE sector through innovative approaches to pedagogy involving the use of art, film, music, ICT and popular culture.
In December 2017, I presented my research at the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL), 2017 Conference in Finland, where I shared the findings of my research in the use of oral story telling media in the primary classroom with an international audience of researchers and teachers. This paper has recently been published in the EAPRIL Conference 2017 Proceedings (ISSN 2406-4653).
Teaching and supervision
Research interests for potential research students
Gregson, Daniel (2020) Drawn to Story. Education Sciences, 10 (71). ISSN 2227-7102
Gregson, Daniel, Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Patricia (2019) Top-down and Inside Out: breaking boundaries between research, theory and practice. Journal of Management Policy and Practice, 20 (3). pp. 36-52. ISSN 1913-8067
Conference or Workshop Item
Gregson, Daniel, Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Patricia (2019) Top-down and Inside-Out: breaking boundaries between, research, theory and practice. In: Comparative International Education Society Annual Research Conference (CIES 2019), April 14-18, 2016, San Francisco.
Gregson, Daniel (2018) From Homer to Homer Simpson: How Might KS2 Children's Story-writing Skills Be Supported and Developed Through The Use Of Contemporary Physical and Digital Resources? In: European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) Conference 2017, 28 Nov - 1 Dec 2017, Hameenlinna.
Gregson, Daniel (2017) From Homer to Homer Simpson Workshop Powerpoint. In: EAPRIL Conference 2017, 29 Nov - 2 Dec 2017, Hameelinna (Finland). (Unpublished)
- Primary English Language specialist
- The role of oracy and story telling in the development of literacy
- Supporting practitioners across the education and training sector to engage in research and develop scholarship through creative media and the arts
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- Member of the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (2017 - ongoing)