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Howard Stevenson

Director of Research, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Howard joined the University of Nottingham as Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in February 2013. In January 2014 he became Director of Research in the School.

Prior to that he was Professor of Education in the Centre for Educational Research and Development at the University of Lincoln (2007-2013) and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Leicester (2002-2007).

Whilst at the University of Lincoln Howard was Director of Doctoral Programmes (PhD and EdD) and at the University of Leicester he was responsible (with Professor Bernard Barker) for developing the School and College Improvement Programme (SCIP) - a collaborative action research project that involved teachers working together on school-based research projects within and across schools. Between 2006 and 2007 Howard was partly based in Beauchamp College Leicestershire working with staff, students and parents to develop research-based approaches to supporting school development.

Before becoming a higher education teacher and researcher Howard worked for 15 years teaching in a comprehensive community college in Leicestershire. The school was one of Leicestershire's radical 'Phase 3' community colleges in which statutory and community provision was integrated, and innovative forms of community engagement were developed. Whilst working as a teacher Howard was an active member of his teachers' association and was President of the largest teachers' association in Leicestershire. He also represented Leicestershire teachers as one of their elected members on the Leicestershire Education Authority.

Howard is a member of a number of research-based networks and societies. He is a committee member of the American Educational Research Association Teachers' Work/Teacher Unions Special Interest Group (including past Programme Chair), and he currently chairs the SIG's Best Thesis Award Panel. He is co-convenor (with Professors Helen Gunter and Pat Thomson) of the BELMAS Critical Educational Policy and Leadership Studies Research Interest Group.

Howard is co-editor of Forum: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, the journal that was originally founded by Professor Brian Simon over 50 years ago. The journal continues to challenge the (re-emerging) orthodoxy of fixed ability thinking and practice, whilst also making the case for the democratic control of education and education as a public good. Howard is an Associate Editor of Professional Development in Education, and (in the dim and distant past) he was editor of Education Today and Tomorrow. He is currently on the editorial board of Education Administration Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration and History and the International Journal of Education Management.

In addition to published papers and books Howard has presented his research to a range of bodies including the Department for Education and a range of teacher union bodies. He appears in the media regularly, mostly in the educational press, but he has also appeared on radio and TV. Howard blogs (intermittently) at www.howardstevenson.org and The Conversation and he tweets (erratically) at @hstevenson10.

Teaching Summary

Howard teaches on the MA Education Leadership and Management (Campus-based and Cohort Groups). If you are interested in studying for the MA, either as an individual, or as a group of colleagues… read more

Research Summary

Howard's research interests focus on both the school and higher education sectors. These include understanding the formation and development of education policy processes, educational management and… read more

Recent Publications

  • Education policy
  • Education leadership and management
  • Teachers' work
  • Teachers' professional learning and professional development
  • Education sector labour relations

Please email Howard if you are interested in undertaking research in these areas

Howard is a member of the Centre for Research in Educational Leadership and Management.

Howard teaches on the MA Education Leadership and Management (Campus-based and Cohort Groups). If you are interested in studying for the MA, either as an individual, or as a group of colleagues working in the same school or group of schools, contact Kay Fuller.

He also supervises doctoral students (PhD and EdD).

Current Research

Howard's research interests focus on both the school and higher education sectors. These include understanding the formation and development of education policy processes, educational management and teacher leadership, school and HE sector labour relations/teacher unions and the investigation of teachers' work/academic labour through labour process analysis.

He is currently undertaking research funded by the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

Past Research

2011-2012 Society for Research into Higher Education. Challenging times: an analysis of current developments and future prospects for industrial relations in the UK higher education sector scoping project (Principal Investigator)

2011-2012 British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society. School Sector Industrial Relations in Transition: assessing the impact of Academies. (Principal Investigator).

2009-2010 Atlantic Philanthropies. Evaluation of the Mayo Children's Initiative, Republic of Ireland (Principal Investigator)

2009-2010 Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Evaluation of Union Learning Representative Initiative (Principal Investigator)

2006-2008 ESRC Workforce Remodelling, Teacher Trade Unionism and School-based Industrial Relations (co-researcher with Professor Bob Carter. Project reference: RES-062-23-0034A). End of Project Report graded by ESRC as 'outstanding'.

2007 Training and Development Agency for Schools - Exploring the impact of Training School Status on the recruitment and retention of staff (in partnership with Beauchamp College, Leicestershire.

2006-2007 Beauchamp College Creating a research engaged school (Principal Investigator)

2003-2004 National College for School Leadership - The Leadership of Schools with Substantial Numbers of Ethnic Minority Students: School Community Perspectives and their Leadership Implications (Deputy Project Director).

2003-2004 East Midlands Leadership Centre (NCSL local affiliate) - Developing Successful Leadership In Ethnic Minority Schools: Implications For Leadership Training And Development (Deputy Project Director).

2002 Corby EAZ - Evaluation of Corby EAZ (Principal Investigator)

  • STEVENSON, H., 2014. INTO members’ views about their work and their union: Republic of Ireland Irish National Teachers' Organisation.
  • STEVENSON, H., 2014. INTO members’ views about their work and their union: Northern Ireland Irish National Teachers' Organisation.
  • STEVENSON, H., 2014. Educational decision-making: making: Making the politics and policy making visible. In: CHITPIN, S. and EVERS, C., eds., Decision making in educational leadership: principles, policies and practices. Routledge.
  • STEVENSON, H., 2014. Teachers reclaiming teaching Forum: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education. 56(2), 169-174
  • STEVENSON, H., 2014. When now is not new: the triumph of hard questions over easy answers Professional Development in Education. 40(4), 507-510
  • BRUCE BARNETT and HOWARD STEVENSON, 2014. International perspectives on urban school leadership
  • STEVENSON, H. and WOOD, P., 2013. Markets, managerialism and teachers’ work: the invisible hand of high stakes testing in England International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives. 12(2),
  • BELL, L. and STEVENSON, H., eds., 2013. Organizing Public Education Sage.
  • STEVENSON, H., 2013. Teacher leadership as intellectual leadership: creating spaces for alternative voices in the English school system. In: ALEXANDROU, A. and SWAFFIELD, S., eds., Teacher leadership and Professional Development Routledge.
  • STEVENSON, H., 2013. Teachers on strike: a struggle for the future of teaching? Forum: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education. 55(3), 415-428
  • CARTER, B. and STEVENSON, H., 2012. Teachers, workforce remodelling and the challenge to labour process analysis Work, employment and society. 26(3), 481-496
  • STEVENSON, H., 2012. New unionism? Teacher unions, social partnership and school governance in England and Wales Local Government Studies. n/a(n/a), n/a
  • NEARY, M, STEVENSON, H and BELL, L, eds., 2012. Towards teaching in public: reshaping the modern university London : Continuum.
  • STEVENSON, H. and MORRIS, A., 2012. Making Teaching Public: Cracking Open Professional Practice. In: BELL, L., NEARY, M. and STEVENSON, H., eds., Towards Teaching in Public: Reshaping the Modern University Continuum.
  • STEVENSON, H., 2012. In praise of pedagogy and the science of teaching Professional Development in Education. 38(5), 697-704
  • STEVENSON, H., 2011. Coalition education policy: Thatcherism’s long shadow Forum: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education. 53(2), 197-194
  • STEVENSON, H. and TOOMS, A., 2011. Connecting ‘up there’ with ‘down here’ – thoughts on globalisation, neo-liberalism and leadership praxis. In: NORMORE, A., ed., The Development, Preparation, and Socialization of Leaders of Learning-Learners of Leadership: A Global Perspective Emerald.
  • CARTER, B., STEVENSON, H. and PASSY, R., 2010. Industrial relations in education: transforming the school workforce Routledge.
  • STEVENSON, H., 2010. Working in, and against, the neo-liberal state: Global Perspectives on K-12 teacher unions Workplace: a journal of academic labor. 17,
  • STEVENSON, H. and CARTER, B., 2009. Teachers and the State: forming and re-forming 'partnership' Journal of Educational Administration and History. 41(4), 311-326
  • STEVENSON, H., 2009. Challenging the orthodoxy: union learning representatives as organic intellectuals. In: ALEXANDROU, A., ed., Union Learning Representatives Challenges and Opportunities 61-72
  • STEVENSON, H., 2009. Feeling the Crunch: education policy and economic crisis Forum: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education. 51(3), 279-287
  • BELL, L, NEARY, M and STEVENSON, H, eds., 2009. The future of higher education: policy, pedagogy and the student experience London ; Continuum.
  • STEVENSON, H., 2009. Universities in transition: themes in higher education policy. In: BELL, L., STEVENSON, H. and NEARY, M., eds., The Future of Higher Education: Policy, Pedagogy and the Student Continuum.
  • STEVENSON, H. and THODY, A., 2009. Managing change or living with change? Education reform in complex environments International Journal of Education Management. 23(4), 298-301
  • STEVENSON, H., 2008. Teacher development through practitioner research and cross-school collaboration: possibilities and limitations. In: LEE, J., LO, N-K and SHIU, L-P, eds., Developing teachers and developing schools in changing contexts
  • STEVENSON, H., 2008. Challenging the orthodoxy: union learning representatives as organic intellectuals Journal of In-Service Education. 35(4), 455-466
  • STEVENSON, H., 2007. Changes in teachers’ work and the challenges facing teacher unions International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning. 11, 13
  • STEVENSON, H., CARTER, B. and PASSY, R., 2007. ‘New professionalism’, workforce remodelling and the restructuring of teachers’ work International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning. 11, 15
  • STEVENSON, H., 2007. Restructuring teachers’ work and trade union responses in England: Bargaining for Change American Education Research Journal. 44(2), 224-251
  • STEVENSON, H., 2007. A case study in leading schools for social justice: when morals and markets collide Journal of Educational Administration. 45(6), 769-781
  • BELL, L and STEVENSON, H, 2006. Education policy: process, themes and impact Abingdon : Routledge.
  • STEVENSON, H., 2006. Moving towards, into and through Principalship: developing a framework for researching the career trajectories of school leaders Journal of Educational Administration. 44(4), 408-420
  • STEVENSON, H., 2006. Involving students in school based enquiry Curriculum Briefing. 4(3), 44-47
  • STEVENSON, H., 2005. Leading under Labour: leadership and management in changing times Cambridge Journal of Education. 36(3), 455-460
  • STEVENSON, H., 2005. From ‘school correspondent’ to workplace bargainer? The changing role of the school union representative British Journal of Sociology of Education. 26(2), 219-233
  • STEVENSON, H., 2004. Health, Safety and Welfare – Managing Stress. In: BRUNDRETT, M. and TERRELL, I., eds., Learning to Lead in the Secondary School Routledge.
  • 2004. The Recruitment and Selection of Staff. In: BRUNDRETT, M. and TERRELL, I., eds., Learning to Lead in the Secondary School Routledge.
  • STEVENSON, H., 2003. On the Shopfloor: exploring the impact of teacher trade unions on school-based industrial relations School Leadership and Management. 23(3), 341-356
  • STEVENSON, H., Talking about teaching: collaborating for improvement Curriculum Briefing. 4(2), 35-38

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