Head of School, Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor Bernadette Youens is Head of the School of Education.She joined the School as a Teacher Fellow in Science Education in 1998. Bernie has previously held the roles of Deputy Head of the School of Education, Director for Initial Teacher Education, Course Leader for the PGCE course, Graduate Teacher Programme and the Professional Doctorate (EdD) programme. She contributes to teaching on Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), the EdD, and supervises Masters, EdD and PhD students.
Bernie has a PhD in science and worked in scientific research before working as a secondary science teacher. She worked as a science teacher in local comprehensive schools before her move to the School of Education.
Bernie has acted as external examiner for PGCE courses at the University of Birmingham, the Institute of Education, University of London, University of Oxford and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Bernie's main area of research interest is initial teacher education with particular emphasis on mentoring beginning teachers, including the potential of pupils to contribute to beginning teacher… read more
Bernie is a member of the Centre for Research in Schools and Communities. Her research supervision areas include:
Research proposals: please email Bernie if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic. See also: School of Education research supervision areas.
Bernie's main area of research interest is initial teacher education with particular emphasis on mentoring beginning teachers, including the potential of pupils to contribute to beginning teacher education; the impact of different routes into teaching on long-term professional development and the experiences of internationally educated teachers as they transfer their skills to a different context.
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