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Dr Carol Azumah Dennis


Lecturer in Education at the University of Hull

I am interested in quality and how this has impacted upon the professionalisation of further education teachers. Adult literacy teaching which over 25 years has changed from a grass roots campaign to a national strategy. My research has traced this development. I also explore the various meaning invested in the term ‘literacy’ with reference to how teachers make sense of these different discourses in their practice.

I also blog at:

And my published work can be located:


Jim Crawley

Senior Lecturer (Education Studies) Bath Spa University

I co-ordinated the Lifelong Learning teacher education programme at Bath Spa University for twelve years, and am also a Teaching Fellow at the University.

I am the author of: ‘In at the Deep End: a survival guide for teachers in Post Compulsory Education’ (2010), and a wide range of papers, reports and conference contributions in topics including Teacher Education, Adult and Community Education and Learning Technology.

I believe that teacher education is much more important than it seems to be given credit for, and have tried hard to help others recognise that.

I am currently chair of the Post-16 Committee of the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET); convenor of the new national research network (Teacher Education in
Lifelong Learning – TELL); Chair of the Management Group of South West Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training and Convenor of the SW Regional Teacher Educators’ Forum.

I am the creator and author of the ‘Itslife‘ website for Lifelong Learning Professionals, and of the Teacher Education UK website, and my profiles can be found at\craj3 and

Rebecca is the Principal Lecturer (Lifelong Learning) in Westminster Exchange and consortium programme leader (liaison tutor) for the Certificate in Education (level 5) and the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (level 6) which are delivered in nine colleges in Greater London. These teacher education qualifications are aimed at lecturers, tutors and trainers in the lifelong learning sector. The overriding characteristic of the post-compulsory sector is its diversity, comprising Further Education colleges, work-based learning, private training companies, adult and community education, offender learning and training for the emergency services.

Rebecca’s professional interests lie in the field of teacher education, staff development and mentoring. She completed an investigation into mentors’ experiences supporting trainees during initial teacher training for her Masters dissertation. Each participant on the CertEd/PGCE is supported by a work-based mentor and Rebecca has developed and taught a Masters level CPD module to support mentors in both Higher Education and the Lifelong Learning Sector in this role.


Jay Derrick Director of Post-Compulsory Teacher Education, Institute of Education, University of London

For my doctoral research I am investigating the ways in which people learn through practice, formal and informal; and in particular, the ways in which practitioners can pro-actively optimise their opportunities for learning, whatever they do and in whatever setting their practice is carried on.  I hope this research will provide useful ideas for organising and supporting initial and inservice teacher education.  I have an occasional blog, which now and again focuses on teaching and teacher education, at


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