University of Hertfordshire

Dr Joanne McDowell FHEA

Dr Joanne McDowell FHEA

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

Overview

I am Principal Lecturer in English Language & Communication, and Associate Programme Leader for Humanities. I am also Principal Investigator on several current projects.

 Current Research Projects

Does Gender Matter? An investigation of proactive and reactive classroom management strategies 2015- to date.

Collaborative work with the University of Hildesheim, Germany.

Funded by Santander Collaboration Grant, UH.

 

The language used by men in primary school teaching has rarely been addressed in linguistic study. This work addresses this gap. Moreover, it will investigate potential links between teacher gender and pupil’s notions of achievement in core subjects and future occupational goals.  The project is building links, strengthening external partnership and knowledge transfer; potential input into future teacher training policy and curriculum (understanding if teachers' speech style/ gender has significant effect on how children learn). It will ccontribute to the production of teaching training manuals/workshops for teachers/teacher educators; offer a cross-cultural comparison of teaching styles; ccontribute to campaigns to de-gender occupations, increase men in AHSSBL occupations in line with the Equality Challenge Unit expansion in 2015 to include AHSSBL jobs.

 

CLASA: A study of Classroom Language and Student Aspirations in the UK 2014-to date.

Funded by SSAHRI grant, UH.

 

This project is linked to the above project, examining men in primary school teaching. It pieces together two unique areas of research of classroom linguistics and student aspirations, positioning UH as a lead institute in the understanding of gender linguistics and future career choice.  It will provide novel insight in to the national/ international debate on the impact of gender role in job choice (male primary school teachers/ nurses or women in directorships or STEM subjects); ccontribute to campaigns to de-gender occupations, increase men in AHSSBL occupations in line with the Equality Challenge Unit expansion in 2015 to include AHSSBL jobs, and result in a Corpus publicized on Corpus Resource Database (currently, few databases exist in this area making it difficult for researchers to find such annotated texts).

 

The Efficiency of Teaching Assistants: Striving for Task Completion Or Task Understanding? 2015- to date.

Collaborative work with School of Education, UH.

Funded by SSAHRI grant.

 

This project compares the teaching strategies of teaching assistants to those of fully qualified teachers to examine the role that teaching assistants play in the classroom. This work will contribute to the understanding of teaching and learning through the linguistic analysis of empirical data (spontaneous classroom interaction) to generate findings that focus on the linguistic behaviour of TAs and teachers and how this may relate to learning in order to create the impact-rich potential of developing the training of TAs; build multidisciplinary links  with the School of Education (UH), School of Humanities (UH), practitioners, schools and the University of Hertfordshire which will strengthen the community partnership and knowledge transfer work of the University

 

Recent Publications

1.Language in the Workplace: Doing ‘being’ a Nurse

McDowell, J. 2018 Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Research output: Book/Report› Book

McDowell, J. (forthcoming 2017) Men’s Talk in Women’s Work: Doing Being a Nurse’

The Handbook of Workplace Discourse. Vine, B. (ed.) London: Routledge.

 

 

 

McDowell, J., Živoder, A. & Tolomelli, A. (2016) Comparing the Views of Students,

Parents, and Teachers on the Emerging Notions of Relevance of Education.

In Governance of Educational Trajectories in Europe: Pathways, Policy and Practice. Walther, A., Parreira Do Amaral, M., Cuconato, M. & Dale, R. (eds.). Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 183-203

 

McDowell, J. (2015) Talk in feminised occupations: exploring male nurses' linguistic

behaviour. Gender and Language. 9, 3, p. 365 389

 

McDowell, J. (2015) Masculinity and Non-Traditional Occupations: Men’s Talk in

Women’s Work. Gender, Work and Organization. 22, 3, p. 273-291

 

McDowell, J. & Biggart, A. (2012) Governance of Educational Trajectories in Europe:

 

McDowell, J., Biggart, A., Zivoder, . A., Ule, M., Litau, J. & Martelli, A. (2012)

Governance of Educational Trajectories in Europe: Comparative analysis

 

McDowell, J. & Biggart, A. (2010) Governance of Educational Trajectories in Europe:

 

McDowell, J. & Smith, F. (2009) Improving socio-emotional well-being, physical well-

being, and the learning environment: A review of interventions targeting young

children National Children's Bureau: London.

 

 

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