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Lindsey Smethem

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Lindsey's research interests revolve around teachers' work and lives and include recruitment and retention of teachers; initial teacher education; induction of newly qualified teachers; mentoring beginning teachers; professional development of teachers; building resilience in beginning teachers; routes into teaching and modern languages education.

Expertise Summary

Lindsey Smethem is currently Course Leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies, working with local School Centred Initial Teacher Training Providers. This builds on her experience of leading school based initial teacher education courses: the School Direct Secondary Course and Graduate Teacher Programme. She supervises MA and PhD students and students on the Professional Doctorate (EdD) in Education. She has taught on the one-year PGCE course, the Flexible PGCE course and the dual certification courses with HEIs in the UK, France and Austria. She is a course tutor on the PGCEi in Valencia, Spain and cohort convenor for the PGCEi Nottingham cohort.

She coordinated the School of Education's NQT Support Programme. She was a co-investigator in the 3 year DfE funded project Evaluation of Teaching Schools (2012-15), led by Professor Qing Gu from the University of Nottingham, with partners from the University of Oxford, Nottingham Trent University and Isos Partnership.

She was the University of Nottingham coordinator of an EU funded Lingua project which developed teaching approaches and materials for 'Staging Foreign Language Learning'. Partners in this project were the Niedersächsisches Landesinstitut für Fortbildung and Weiterbildung im Schulwesen und Medienpädagogik (coordinating institution), Universidade Catolica Portuguesa - Centro Regional das Beiras - Polo de Viseu, Cornelsen Verlag and Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan.

Lindsey is a qualified teacher and has 15 years experience of teaching modern languages in the maintained secondary sector, 11 of these as head of department.

Her doctoral thesis investigated beginning teachers' perspectives on teaching as work, induction, retention and career trajectory.

Teaching Summary

initial teacher education programmes variety of routes into teaching making programmes flexible to meet the needs of students development of online materials to support blended… read more

Research Summary

Lindsey's doctoral thesis was on induction and early professional development of newly qualified teachers of modern languages. She has written articles and given conference papers on this study. Her… read more

Recent Publications

  • GU, Q., REA, S., SMETHEM, L., DUNFORD, J., VARLEY, M., SAMMONS, P., PARISH, N., ARMSTRONG, P. and POWERLL, L., 2016. Teaching Schools Evaluation: Final Report Department for Education.
  • YOUENS, BERNADETTE, SMETHEM, LINDSEY and SULLIVAN, STEFANIE, 2014. Promoting collaborative practice and reciprocity in initial teacher education: realising a 'dialogic space' through video capture analysis JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING. 40(2), 101-113
  • GU, Q., REA, S., HILL, R., SMETHEM, L. AND DUNFORD, J., 2014. Teaching Schools Evaluation: Emerging Issues from the Early Development of Case Study Teaching School Alliances: DfE-RR332 Nottingham: National College for Teaching and Leadership.
  • SMETHEM, L., SULLIVAN, S. AND YOUENS, B., 2011. The potential of video capture in promoting beginning teachers’ reflective practice In: Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) annual conference.

Lindsey is a member of the Centre for Research in Schools and Communities. Her research supervision areas include:

  • routes into teaching
  • mentoring during initial teacher education
  • induction
  • early and continuing professional development of teachers
  • modern languages education

Research proposals: please email Lindsey if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic. See also: School of Education research supervision areas.

  • initial teacher education programmes
  • variety of routes into teaching
  • making programmes flexible to meet the needs of students
  • development of online materials to support blended learning
  • face to face teaching developing professional cohorts
  • use of learning technologies
  • taught Masters programmes
  • supervision of students writing Masters dissertations and PhD and EdD theses

Current Research

Lindsey's doctoral thesis was on induction and early professional development of newly qualified teachers of modern languages. She has written articles and given conference papers on this study. Her research interests include routes into teaching, mentoring during Initial Teacher Education, Induction and Continuing Professional Development of teachers.

Lindsey is co-investigator (principal investigator Professor Qing Gu) in the Teaching Schools Evaluation project (2012-2015), commissioned by the Department for Education to evaluate a major coalition government education policy. This £247,480 project has three strands: case studies of 26 teaching school alliances (across the first three designated cohorts of national teaching schools), an online survey with the first three cohorts of teaching schools, and secondary research and analysis of national performance and inspection results to assess their impact. Lindsey co-directs the case study strand of the research.

Past Research

Lindsey jointly led a project (with Tony Fisher and Peter Sorensen) funded by the Teacher Training Agency to implement, research and nationally disseminate innovative use of video by student teachers that has had lasting impact on the School of Education's initial teacher education courses.

Lindsey worked with colleagues from the School of Education and the University of Western Australia to investigate beginning teacher resilience.

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