Dr Alison Iredale
About Dr Alison Iredale
Dr Iredale is a Senior Lecturer working in the area of teacher education and with interests in professional knowledge and practice, work based learning and educational change through technology. Her research interests involve technology enhanced learning, professional learning communities, praxis, participation, and inclusive assessment.
Alison is an experienced teacher and strategic professional in the field of education. Before taking up her current role she has led on the development and enhancement of Higher Education within Further Education (HE in FE, or college based higher education). Recent activities in this respect have been designing and co-ordinating new courses validated by University partners and influencing thinking on enhancement to teaching and learning across further and higher education. Over her career her experience of teaching and programme management in the education is wide ranging, having taught in colleges, adult and community learning and private training providers.
In her previous role as a Senior Lecturer she contributed to a significant partnership within Initial Teacher Education for the lifelong learning sector. Alison also has experience of teaching in Guangzhou, China, having contributed to a Chinese Government sponsored CPD programme.
Alison currently works as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Childhood where she closely integrates her research interests with her teaching, disseminating research-informed professional knowledge and practice, both in the classroom and via professional learning communities. Her PhD was a study of the participation of student teachers during their part time in-service initial teacher education course. It investigates the extent to which initial teacher education prepares teachers as professional practitioners in the lifelong learning sector.
- Course leader: Distance Learning PGCE (DLPGCE)
- Module leader: Distance Learning PGCE (DLPGCE) Professional Values and Practice
- Module leader: MA Education Education for Social Change (subject to validation)
- Module leader: MA Childhood Studies and Early Years Dissertation
- Undergraduate supervisor: BA (Hons) Childhood Studies
- Postgraduate supervisor: MA Childhood Studies and Early Years
- Personal tutor: Special Educational Needs Coordination PG Cert
Alison has recently gained a research fellowship to support the publication of a systematic literature review based upon social media in teacher education. The outcome of this research will impact on the teacher education research community in terms of innovation and improvement to both face to face and distance learning.