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Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences
Andy Townsend is Associate Professor in Educational Leadership in the School of Education. He is interested in a range of issues of relevance to educational leadership including, but not limited to: educational change; practitioner and institutional development; educational leadership and educational networks. He is especially interested in the participatory features of these aspects of leadership, including interest in participatory approaches to both research and change. He is a member of a number of professional associations including: CARN, the Collaborative Action Research Network (for whom he acted as the Academic Director of the 2006 Annual Conference) and the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS). He is also one of the editors of the journal Educational Action Research and has previously edited the 2007 CARN bulletin and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) resource packs. His current academic career followed a period of work as an educational consultant supporting, researching and evaluating various educational development initiatives. Over his period as a researcher and evaluator Andrew has worked on sixteen different research projects, seven of which he acted as principal investigator. The interests which have guided his work as a consult and academic are informed by his experience as a teacher of science over a period of nine years.
Andy's research interests cover a range of areas in education. His methodological interests are especially concerned with participatory approaches to research but also in using mixed methods in… read more
Principal areas of interest for research supervision include:
Andy's research interests cover a range of areas in education. His methodological interests are especially concerned with participatory approaches to research but also in using mixed methods in education. He is a member of the Teachers work and Lives subgroup of the Centre for Research in Schools and Communities. His doctoral study, concluded in 2010, was entitled 'Educational Action Research Networks as Participatory Interventions' and was concerned with studying the ways in which schools, which promoted practitioner research, worked together in networks. Some other projects have included:
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