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Dr Lawrence Nixon


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Principal Lecturer in Post Compulsory Education and Training

Eric Wright tells us that "what is pragmatically possible is not fixed independently of our imagination, but is shaped by our vision". Wright challenges us to dream big about the future of education and to use these dreams to better navigate the imperfect conditions of our current classrooms and organisations. I think this is what makes working in education so interesting and difficult, to make ambitions talk to practice in ways that make real changes for the better happen.  
 
I have worked in Further and Higher Education for over 30 years. I have taught in colleges, in the community and at universities. I have worked for some time now in teacher education for the Post Compulsory Education and Training sector. 

I have also been a core member of the Sunderland University Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT) team over the last nine years. In this role I support teachers and trainers in the post compulsory sector to develop their practice and that of their organisation's.

Teaching and supervision

I currently teach and supervise students who are, or who are working toward, teaching and/or leading teaching in the Post Compulsory Education and Training sector.

I teach and supervise at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research interests for potential research students

I have supported postgraduate students investigating and seeking to develop various areas of the Post Compulsory sector. These have included: the investigation of collaborative models of continuing professional; curriculum planning and development; inclusive models of English and ESOL teaching, learning and assessment; whole organisational development; the educational use of technologies and understanding the experience of learning.

Publications

Number of items: 28.

Article

Nixon, Lawrence and Cooper, John B. (2020) Less but Better? Teaching Maths in Further Education and Collateral Growth. Education Sciences, 10 (3). e61. ISSN 2227-7102

Nixon, Lawrence and Gregson, Margaret (2011) Making room for argument: collaboration and change in the Further Education Sector. Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 0309-877X

Nixon, Lawrence and Gregson, Margaret (2011) The role of Phronesis and Techne in pedagogical action and dialogue. Educational Theory. ISSN 0013-2004

Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence (2010) Unlocking the Potential of Skills for Life (SfL) Tutors and Learners: a critical evaluation of the implementation of SfL policy in England. Unlocking the Potential of Skills for Life (SfL) Tutors and Learners: a critical evaluation of the implementation of SfL policy in England.

Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence (2009) Assessing Effectiveness: ways of seeing impact. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Assessing Effectiveness: ways of seeing impact. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 21 (3).

Nixon, Lawrence (2008) Let the teachers teach? Post-16 Educator. Let the teachers teach? Post-16 Educator, 45. pp. 23-27.

Nixon, Lawrence, Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Trish (2007) Pedagogy and the Intuitive Appeal of Learning Styles in Post Compulsory Education in England. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 59 (1). pp. 39-51. ISSN 13636820

Spedding, Patricia, Nixon, Lawrence and Gregson, Margaret (2007) Pedagogy and the intuitive appeal of learning styles in post-compulsory education in England. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, Vol 59 (1). pp. 39-51. ISSN 1363-6820

Book Section

Nixon, Lawrence (2015) Curriculum. What is to be taught and learned? In: Reflective Teaching and Adult Learning in Further and Vocational Education and Community Learning. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 197-222. ISBN 978-1-98093-792-2

Nixon, Lawrence (2015) Learning. What can we understand student development? (Chapter 2). In: Reflective Teaching and Adult Learning in Further and Vocational Education and Community Learning. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 35-60. ISBN 978-1-98093-792-2

Nixon, Lawrence (2015) Pedagogy: How do we develop the art, craft and science of our teaching? In: Reflective Teaching and Adult Learning in Further and Vocational Education and Community Learning. bloomsbury, London, pp. 247-274. ISBN 978-1-98093-792-2

Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence (2015) 12.2 Unlocking the potential for improvement in Skills for Life teaching and learning at the local level. In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 200-205. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence (2015) 14.1 Ways of seeing impact. In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 232-236. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Gregson, Margaret, Spedding, Patricia and Nixon, Lawrence (2015) 16.1 Helping good ideas to become good practice: Enhancing your professional practice through Joint Practice Development (JPD). In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 268-273. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Nixon, Lawrence, Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Patricia (2015) ‘Challenging the intuitive appeal of learning styles’. In: Readings for Reflective Teaching In Further Adult and Vocational Education. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781472586506

Spedding, Patricia, Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence Challenging the intuitive appeal of learning styles. In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 30-33. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Spedding, Patricia, Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence Chapter 16.1: Helping good ideas to become good practice: Enhancing your professional practice through Joint Practice Development (JPD). In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 268-273. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Spedding, Patricia, Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence Tackling Prejudice Together: What are trainee teachers' experiences of prejudice in educational contexts? In: Readings for reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education. Reflective Teaching . Bloomsbury, London, pp. 255-259. ISBN 978-1-4725-8650-6

Monograph

Nixon, Lawrence, Gregson, Margaret, Spedding, Patricia and Mearns, Andrew (2008) Practitioners’ experiences of implementing national education policy at the local level. An examination of 16–19 policy. Technical Report. Institute of Education, University of London, London.

Nixon, Lawrence, Gregson, Margaret, Spedding, Patricia and Mearns, Andrew (2008) Practitioners’ experiences of implementing national education policy at the local level. An examination of 16–19 policy research information. Project Report. Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Nixon, Lawrence (2007) What practitioners in FE Colleges say about the conditions, attitudes and implementations of National Education Policy. UNSPECIFIED. DfES Publications.

Nixon, Lawrence and Blench, Graeme (2007) More Effective Observation of Teaching Practice: Evaluation Report. UNSPECIFIED. DfES Publications.

Conference or Workshop Item

Gregson, Margaret, Nixon, Lawrence and Kearney, Sheila (2013) Joint Practice Development: new research policy and practice partnerships in action in the FE and Skills Sector. In: British Education Research Association Conference, 3 - 5 Sep 2013, Falmer, University of Sussex.

Gregson, Margaret and Nixon, Lawrence (2013) Knowing Different: the impact of professional development on educational practice. In: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 27 Apr - 01 May 2013, San Francisco.

Nixon, Lawrence (2013) I might smell like a mule I don’t think like one: enacting an inclusive curriculum. In: America Education Research Association Annual Conference, 27 Apr - 1 May 2013, San Francisco, California. (Unpublished)

Nixon, Lawrence (2012) Putting Speaking With Others into Practice in the Initial Teacher Education Curriculum. In: American Education Research Association Annual Conference, 13 - 17 Apr 2013, Vancouver, Canada. (Unpublished)

Nixon, Lawrence If you believe they put a man on the moon… Research findings, classroom innovation and conversation. In: British Educational Research Association Conference. (Unpublished)

Book

Gregson, Margaret, Nixon, Lawrence, Spedding, Patricia and Pollard, Andrew (2015) Readings in Reflective Teaching and Adult Learning in Further and Vocational Education and Community Learning. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781472586506

This list was generated on Thu May 28 18:51:47 2020 BST.

Last updated 11 June 2019