Dr Graham Parton
About Dr Graham Parton
Dr Graham Parton is Staff Lead for Primary Education and Continuing Professional Development within the school and Principal Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University.
After a BA in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status in 1996 at Lancaster University, Graham taught as a primary teacher in both key stages one and two where he coordinated science and ICT, and engaged in CPD work within the local authority in East London.
In 1998, after achieving a Masters in Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, Graham moved to teach in the primary department as a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. His research and scholarly activity at Canterbury includes a number of TDA funded research projects, working on collaborative and blended learning and e-portfolios. Graham moved to Leeds Beckett University in 2009 as a Principal Lecturer in Professional Studies. In 2013, he became Staff Lead for Primary Education and CPD. In 2015, Graham achieved his PhD which investigated the impact on Problem-based Learning on Professional Identity.
Within the school he is responsible for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. He is part of the school leadership team and as Staff Lead within the school, he line manages 24 staff and deploys these staff to teach with the Primary Initial Teacher Education programmes.
Graham is an EPICT and CEOP trained ambassador for e-Safety, which he teaches to QTS students and schools in the locality. Since 2011, Graham has held University Teaching Fellow status, which is a recognition of teaching excellence, and he takes an active role in the Centre for Teaching and Learning. In 2016, Graham achieved a Senior Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.
Graham teaches on degrees with QTS, PGCEs, the MA in Education and the EdD research programme. His main areas of teaching are professional studies, child psychology and development, research methods and supervision of research projects; computing and ICT in the primary curriculum, 21st century technology and education, personal tutoring and link tutoring students on placements in school.
Graham's main research interests are concerned with the impact of Problem-based Learning on the formation and adaption of professional identity.
Other research areas include Higher Education Pedagogy, Computing Education and Science Education.