Dr Tom Dobson
About Dr Tom Dobson
A former secondary English teacher, Tom now works within teacher education focusing upon research into English pedagogy.
Tom's PhD thesis explored boys' identities through their creative writing as they made the transition from primary to secondary school. Written as a play-script, the thesis has been published by Sense as a methodological critique; it also resulted in journal publications relating to English pedagogy.
Most of Tom's teaching now focuses on English pedagogy and work with schools in our partnership to develop practice which engages pupils and has an impact upon their learning.
- PGCE: Child Development Masters module
- BAH primary Education: English related modules; Dissertation; Professional Studies
- PhD supervisor
Tom's current research into English pedagogy has focused upon the identity of the teacher who presents themselves as a writer to their class with a view to laying bare the processes of writing. This has taken two approaches: firstly, exploring the identities of trainee teachers who take on this role; and secondly, exploring Tom's own identity through his work with partner schools. His findings look at the ways in which a shift in positioning can alter practice for the benefit of pupils in the writing classroom.