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Dr Colin Howard

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education: Science

Institute of Education

Contact Details

email: c.howard@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 542494

Dr Colin Howard has been involved in primary education for 24 years of which over 14 years has been as a successful headteacher in both small village and large primary settings. He has a strong research background in educational leadership and the influence that school buildings have upon their stakeholders. He currently inspects schools for the Diocese of Hereford as a S48 SIAMS Inspector.

Qualifications

Ph.D (University of Birmingham 2013)

Title 'The Influence of new school buildings upon the motivation, morale and job satisfaction of their teaching staff’.

M.Ed Educational Leadership (Gloucester University 2006).

B.Ed (Hons) (Lancaster University 1986).

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Leading Teaching Award (University of Worcester) 2016

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests 

Colin Howard is scheduled to teach on the following undergraduate and post-graduate courses. He is Director of Studies for a Ph.D. entitled ‘Sustaining Teacher Quality: Associations between Primary Teachers’ Commitment, Professional Identity and Retention’. He is a supervisor on the Masters Programme at the University of Worcester.

Undergraduate

PITE1004 Science
PITE 2003 Primary Science
PITE3005 Science
PITE 3002 Research Methods
PITE3003 PRiSS (Undergraduate dissertation module)

Postgraduate

PGCR 3001 Primary Science
PGFS 3003
PGSS3003 SEND
PITE3001

Research Interests

Teaching of Science in the Primary Classroom
Educational Leadership
Retention of the Talent Pool of Teaching Professionals
Teaching Professional Lives, Motivation, Morale and Job Satisfaction.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

 Member of BELMAS

Publications

Publications

Howard, C., Carroll, J., & Knight, C. (Autumn 2017 publication date) Understanding British Values in Education. Learning Matters Sage.

Howard, C. Blackmore, K. & Kington, A. Trainee teacher’s perceptions and experience of primary science teaching, and the impact on their developing professional identity. (2017) European Journal of Teacher Education. (under review).       

Teaching Evolution in rural primary schools. (Research Project 2015-17 Howard C. & Blackmore, K.)

Howard, C., Burton, M., Barrell, & Levermore, D. (2017) Children’s Mental Health and Emotional Well-being in Primary Schools. A whole school approach. Learning Matters; Sage Publications.

Bingle, B., Kington, A., Howard, C. and Robinson, C. (2017) Tales from the Watershed: Using repertory grids in the study of teachers‘ mid-career identity. In: Personal Construct Psychology at 60: Papers from the 21st International Congress, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing. ISBB 978-1-4438-8279-8.

Robinson, C., Bingle, B., & Howard, C. (2016) Surviving and Thriving as a Primary NQT. Cheshire, Critical Publishing. http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/4204/

Howard, C. & Cooke, V. (2016) ‘Key Concepts in Primary Science: audit and subject knowledge’. Critical Publishing. http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/4205/

Howard, C. & Cooke, V. (2016) The Evolution and Inheritance of the New Primary Curriculum. Teachers Media. Available at http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/4187/

Robinson, C., Bingle, B., & Howard C. (2015) 2nd Edn. Your Primary School Based Experience. A Guide to Outstanding Placements. Cheshire. Critical Publishing.

Cooke, V. & Howard C. (2015) Practical Ideas for Teaching Primary Science. Cheshire. Critical Publishing.

Howard, C. & Blackmore, K. (2015) ‘A hard nut to crack- improving primary trainee teacher confidence in teaching physical processes topics’. Science Teacher Education, Vol 73 (June) Association of Science Education. Available http://www.ase.org.uk/journals/science-teacher-education/

Howard, C. (2014) The Role of Posters as a means of Summative Assessment. Available at http://www.worc.ac.uk/edu/documents/The_Role_of_Posters_as_a_means_of_Summative_Assessment.pdf

Cooke, V. & Howard, C. (2014) Talk: Using dialogic talk in science. Available at http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/3518/

The Role and Significance of School Staffrooms. (Research Project 2015-17 with Dr A.Kington, Dr Sue Howarth, Ann Jordan and Dr S. Buckler) 

Howard, C. (2013) The influence of new school buildings upon the motivation morale and job satisfaction of teaching professionals. Paper presented to the 11th Annual Conference School of Education Research Conference: University of Birmingham. ISBN9780704428317.

Tales from the Watershed: The use of narrative and repertory grid interviews in the study of primary teachers’ mid-career identity. (Research Project 2015-17 with Dr A.Kington & B. Bingle).

Robinson, C., Bingle, B., & Howard, C., (publication July 2013) Primary School Placements: A Critical Guide to Outstanding Teaching. Cheshire, Critical Publishing.

Book Reviews

Howard , C. (2016) Forster, C. & Eperjesi, R. Action Research for New Teachers. Sage Publication.

Howard H & Cooke, C. (2014) Lecturers Produce New Text to Aid Primary Science Teachers. Spirit Autumn/Winter Alumni Magazine. Vol 12: p.18. Available at http://www.worcester.ac.uk/documents/spirit-autumn-winter-14.pdf (accessed 18/11/14).

Howard, C. (2011). The Design of Learning Spaces, Evaluation & Research in Education.

Howard, C. (2008). Research methods in educational leadership and management. International Journal of Research & Method Education.

Published Articles

Howard, C. (2013). The Influence of New School Buildings upon the Motivation, Morale and Job Satisfaction of Teaching Professionals. Institute of Education Research Digest, Issue 3, July 2013.

Howard, C. (1990). Flooding in a local context, for the primary child. Teaching Earth Sciences, Volume 15(4), 106-107.

Howard, C. (1989). The value of trace fossils in the primary classroom. Teaching Earth Sciences, Volume 14 (2), 66-67.

Howard, C. (1987). A method of illustrating the formation of cross bedding in Aeolian deposit to primary children. Geology Teaching, Volume 12(2), 68-69.

Howard, C. (1987). The sedimentary structure: can it be useful to the geologist? Geology Teaching, Volume 12(4), 148-149.

Conference Presentations 

Howard, C., Withams, L. & Hutchins, C. (2016) What are the key influences for trainees in deciding whether to choose science for their specialist research project in the third and final year of their Primary ITE course? University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference 'Showcasing and Exploring Excellence'

Barrell, R. & Howard, C. (2016) Working in Partnership (WiP): Using students as change processors and active participants in course development decision making on a primary initial teacher education programme. HEA Surveys Conference 2016: Linking Enhancement and Excellence.

Dhillon, K., Howard, C. and Cooke, V. (2016) ‘Unlocking characteristics of outstanding leadership in schools and colleges in England’. British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference 2016.

Howard, C. & Blackmore, K. (2016) ‘Evolution and Inheritance for Primary Teachers’. The Association for Science Education Annual Conference 2016. University of Birmingham

Howard, C. (2015) 'Moving on from Carter (2015). Why is research important to teaching professional lives? University of Worcester Institute of Education Annual Postgraduate Research Conference ‘Reform, Resistance and Transformation in Education.

Howard, C. and Barrell, R. (2015) 'Fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment for male students in undergraduate teacher education courses'. University of Worcester Teaching and Student Experience Conference. 'Building a community of learning through innovation and shared responsibility'.

Howard, C., Holloway., Holloway. and Blackmore K. (2015) 'The role of tablet technology in undergraduate teaching training to promote teaching and learning in pupils with SEND'. University of Worcester Teaching and Student Experience Conference. Building a community of learning through innovation and shared responsibility'.

Bingle, B., Howard, C., Kington. and Robinson, C. (2015) Tales from the Watershed: Using repertory grids in the study of teachers' midcareer identity. XXIst International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology - 'PCP at 60: Past, Present and Future'.

Howard, C. (2014) ‘How can the use of posters as a means of summative assessment promote student’s learning within undergraduate students’. University of Worcester Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference

“Hands on, minds on” – encouraging conceptual change in trainee teacher populations. To be presented with the University Institute of Education, Primary Science Team at the Annual UW Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Conference 20 June 2013.

April (2013) The motivation, morale and job satisfaction of teaching professionals. University of Worcester, Institute of Education Research Seminar.

Howard, C. (2012) The Influence of New School Buildings on the Motivation, Morale and Job Satisfaction of Teaching Professionals. Presented at the 11th School of Education Research Conference, University of Birmingham.

Howard, C. (October 2013) ‘Do new school building programmes make a difference to teaching professional lives?’ University of Worcester, People, Policy and Practice: Research Focus Conference.

Howard, C., Kington, A. & McKerr, L. (October 2013) ‘Developing Professional Identity: from methods to messages’. University of Worcester, People, Policy and Practice: Research Focus Conference.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External Examiner of PGCE Primary, Edge Hill University

Registered SIAMS S48 Inspector for the Diocese of Hereford

Local Leader in Education (NCSL)