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Deirdre is Director of Initial Teacher Education at UEA. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in English and Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and has completed the MA in Higher Education Practice. Prior to joining the University, she had 17 years teaching experience in Primary Schools in Norfolk, with responsibilities for curriculum and year group management. She taught on the Primary PGCE for a number of years, contributing to the Foundation Subjects and Professional Development components of the course. In her role as School Partnership Co-ordinator was responsible for partnership development with schools and other educational establishments in the region. Deirdre currently supervises diesseration students on the MA Educational Practice and Research.
Deirdre is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Professional Affliliate of the Chartered College of Teaching.
As Director of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Deirdre is providing strategic leadership for our ITE programmes. Her responsibilities include the development of partnership with schools, academies and trusts in the region and networking regionally and nationally to represent UEA and develop our profile and reputation as a high quality and innovative provider of ITE.
Key Research Interests
Deirdre's most recent research related to the impact of a self-selected placement on the professional development of beginning teachers. She is currently involved in a project about mental health and wellbeing of trainee teachers. Her particular research interests relate to the development of partnership in the changing educational landscape.
Deirdre's teaching interests include approaches to learning outside the classroom and meaningful cross- curricular ways of learning. She is committed to promoting the global dimension in all teaching activity to faciliate equality, respect, social justice and sustainable development. Her involvement in the Norfolk Schools of Sanctuary network is supportive of this in the partnership context.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Teacher agency with technology: creating an ecological model through a place-based study of teaching and learning in Norfolk
Gordon, J., Bartholomew, K., Blair, R., Chin, J., Craske, J., Dyer, H., Greenwood, D., Hammond, S., Maddox, B., Medler, D., Parr, G., Priyadharshini, E. & Russell, K.
Economic and Social Research Council
1/12/22 → 30/11/25
Capita ECF Full Induction Programme
2/07/21 → 1/07/23
Forest School Skills - The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) - English Woodland Grant Scheme
7/08/08 → 6/08/13
Strategic Partnership Agreement UEA1: March - July 207
Gee, N. & Medler, D.
East of England Development Education Network (EEDEN)
1/05/07 → 31/07/09