Stephen Pickering

stephen-pickering

Course Leader for Primary & Outdoor Education, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education: Geography

Primary Education

Contact Details

email: s.pickering@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542080

Stephen taught in a range of schools over a period of fifteen years, including teaching abroad, before working as the Education for Sustainable Development Officer for Worcestershire District Council. He joined the University on a part-time basis from 2003 and full time from 2005.

Stephen is Course Leader of the Primary and Outdoor Education BA (Hons) degree. He also lectures on the BA (Hons) Primary Teacher Training route and PGCE in Primary Education. Stephen still seeks the opportunity to teach in primary schools and has also worked with children in schools and here at the university on a number of different programmes and experiences. He liaised with Worcestershire County Council, for example, to work with gifted and talented children from Government target schools (those with low economic indicators) on a series of programmes and initiatives. He is very interested in global citizenship and education issues and has worked with TIDE (Teachers in Development Education) and the National Environment Agency of The Gambia to develop materials and publications to teach sustainability, climate change and geography both in England and in The Gambia.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of, and a consultant for, the Geographical Association where he is on the editorial board of Primary Geography. As a consultant for the Geographical Association he is occasionally invited to support initiatives and schemes, the last one of which was working as a geographical researcher for the BBC series, Through Their Eyes.

 

 

Qualifications

  • MA in Education (Distinction)
  • PGCert in Higher Education
  • PGCE Geography with English subsidiary
  • BA (Hons) 2:1 Geography
  • Forest School Leader

Teaching & Research

Stephen has taught on a wide range of interesting courses here including Primary and Outdoor Education, Geography (PGCE and Undergraduate) Pedagogy and Management, Professional Studies, Foundation Subjects, Beyond the Classroom, English. He has taught alongside other lecturers across the University on the, What is Inspirational Teaching course. Stephen won a student award for best module for Year 2 Professional Studies when he was module leader for that in 2008 and In 2013 and 2015 he won the Student Union Award for Best Module, as voted by the Institute of Education students for the Undergraduate geography course.

Stephen has written widely for Teaching Geography, Primary Teaching, Primary Geography, Development Education Review, Tide and Routledge. He is currently engaged in doctoral research at the University of Bristol where he is researching children learning in outdoor environments. Stephen was presented the 'Geographical Associations Award for Excellence in Leading Geography in 2013' by Dame Ellen MacArthur.

Professional Bodies

  • Geographical Association
  • Core member of TIDE (Teachers in Development Education)
  • Forest School Association
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Publications

Pickering, S.  Managing learning outside the classroom, in C. Cremin, and J. Arthur (2018) Learning to teach in the primary school. 4th Edn. London, Routledge.

Pickering, S (2017) Without Walls. Pp.147 - 150 In Catling, S. (Ed) Reflections on Primary Geography. Sheffield, Register of Research in Primary Geography.

Pickering, S. (2017) Teaching Outdoors Creatively. London, Routledge.

Pickering, S. (2017) Everyday Places and Spaces, in Pickering, S. (Ed) (2017) Teaching Outdoors Creatively. London, Routledge,1-11

Pickering, S. 2017) The Future Outdoors, in Pickering, S. (Ed) (2017) Teaching Outdoors Creatively. London, Routledge, 141-150.

Pickering, S. Editorial and Editor. Primary Geography Number 94 Autumn 2017

Pickering, S. Editorial and Editor. Primary Geography Number 88 Autumn 2015

Pickering, S. More than just coffee Primary Geography Number 86 Spring 2015

Pickering, S. Happy Spaces.  Teach Primary Autumn 2014

Pickering, S. Editorial and Editor. Primary Geography Number 83 Spring 2014

Pickering, S. Keeping Geography Messy in Scoffham S (ed) (2013) Teaching Geography Creatively, London, Routledge. (2nd Edition 2016).

Pickering, S. Editorial    and Editor. Primary Geography Number 77 Spring 2012

Pickering, S, Norman, W. Mycock, D (2012) Blind Football: The Beautiful, Geographical Game. Primary Geography Number 77 Spring 2012

Bracken, S., Dart, G., and Pickering, S. (2011) Evolution or Revolution? An analysis of the changing faces of development education in the United Kingdom.        Development Education Review. 12.

Pickering, S. (2010) Editorial and Editor. Primary Geography Number 73 Autumn

Pickering, S., and Catling, S. (2010) Mess, mess, glorious mess. Messy geography and the pedagogy of deeper thinking. Primary Geography No. 73, Aut.

Pickering, S., and Bates, J. (2010) Mama Panya’s Pancakes. Primary Geography No. 71, Spr.

Pickering, S. (2008) Exceptional children advise university on sustainability. Primary Subjects. Issue 2 (2008). London:  DCFS/ Subject Associations.

Pickering, S. (2008) What do children really learn? A discussion to investigate the effect that school partnerships have on children's understanding, sense of values and perceptions of a distant place. Geog Ed Vol. 2 Issue 1. 2008. Sheffield: Geographical Associaton.

Pickering, S. (2007) ‘Philosophically gifted’   Primary Geographer No 64 Autumn

Ballin, B., Pickering, S. et al. 92006) Climate Change. Birmingham, TIDE publications

Pickering, S.  (2005) ‘It’s boring here’ Teaching Geography Vol. 30 No 1 Spring

Pickering, S. 2007) ‘Learning in partnership’ Primary Geographer No 62 Spring

Ballin, B. Pickering, S. et al. (2004) Food and Farming. Birmingham, TIDE publications

Ballin, B., Pickering, S. et al. (2003) Lessons in Sustainability. Birmingham, TIDE publications

Ballin, B., Pickering, S. (2002) A Message To Johannesburg. Birmingham, TIDE publications

Research projects

2009 - 12

Global Partnerships as sites for mutual learning: teachers' professional development through study visits

Principal: Exeter University

Advisory Body: University of Worcester

Development Education Research Centre

London South Bank University

Nottingham Trent University

One World Linking Association

Humanities Education Centre, Tower Hamlets

 

ESRC

The British Academy

2008-10

Geography Champions: supporting subject networks

Geographical Association and the Royal Geographical Society

DCFS and subject associations

2011

Consultancy for, ‘Through Their Eyes,’ educational television programme.

BBC and Walk Tall Media

BBC

2006-08

SEDA

University of Worcester

 

2006-08

Developing Perceptions: an enquiry into how children learn about distant places and the effect of school partnerships on this learning

 

University of Worcester

Geographical Association and the Worcestershire County Council

2002-05

Valuing Places

Geographical Association

DfID and Tubney Foundation

 

Conference papers

2019

Positional identity and the environment as a mediator to learning.

International Primary Geography Teacher Educators’ Conference, Charney Manor, Oxfordshire.

2019

Investigating the importance of teaching outdoors creatively (Key note speech pt.1)

 

Some practical approaches to teaching outdoors creatively (Key note speech pt.2)

Heritage Schools Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

2017

Without Walls.

International Primary Geography Teacher Educators’ Conference, Charney Manor, Oxfordshire.

2015

Primary outdoor education: issues and perspectives.

International Primary Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Charney Manor, Oxfordshire

2013

Stories as a phenomenological vehicle to perceiving perspectives. Ponderings on Coleridge and Brecht.

 

International Primary Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Charney Manor, Oxfordshire

2012

Stories as a phenomenological vehicle to perceiving perspectives: the role of cultural appropriation.

International Conference: Understanding Land, People And Environment: Research And Teaching Perspectives In Geography, Bucharest, Romania

2012

Learning about place through children’s fiction

International Primary Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Charney Manor, Oxfordshire

2011

Messy Geography and the Pedagogy of Deeper Thinking

Primary Geography Teachers, Charney Manor, Oxfordshire

2010

Teaching geography through stories

Primary Geography Teachers, Charney Manor, Oxfordshire

2009

Gifted and Talented Children: raising aspirations.

GTE (Geography Teacher Educators) National Conference, Southport, U.K

2009

Gifted and Talented Children: raising aspirations.

Primary Geography Teachers, Charney Manor, Oxfordshire

2008

How do children learn? School Partnerships – a case study

International Geography Forum, University of London

2008

DEA Policy Meeting

Round Table Discussion, Citizenship in the curriculum. London

2008

Developing the cross-curriculum dimension: how do children learn about distant places?

QCA, Identity and Cultural Diversity: Developing the Cross-Curricular Dimension, London.

2008

How do children learn? School Partnerships – a case study

Primary Geography Teachers, Charney Manor, Oxfordshire

2008

How do children learn? School Partnerships – a case study

GTE (Geography Teacher Educators) National Conference, Bristol.

2007

How do children learn? School Partnerships – a case study

Children’s Agenda University of Worcester

2007

How do children learn?  School Partnerships – a case study

Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) Annual Conference

2005

Valuing Places

Geographical Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester

2004

I delivered a presentation on how County Councils can support the work of schools engaged in the Eco-Schools Award Scheme.

National Assembly on Eco-Schools Programme

2003

Celebrating Geography

Worcestershire Geography Conference

2002

A Message to Johannesburg

Worcestershire Earth Summit Conference

External Roles

  • Consultant for the Geographical Association
  • Editorial board of Primary Geography