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Dr Steven Burton

About Dr Steven Burton

Dr Steve Burton is the Head of Subject for Teacher Education in the Carnegie School of Education. He lectures in the areas of safeguarding, online safeguarding, leadership and management, and professionalism in education.

He has co-edited and contributed to two editions of the safeguarding text book, ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children in the Early Years,’ a popular text for students on safeguarding. He has additionally co-authored chapters in three editions of ‘Teaching in Lifelong Learning,’ a current teacher training text for the lifelong learning sector.

Steve has worked in a managerial position for West Yorkshire Police in their Force Intelligence unit, and maintains the interest in criminology that he developed there through his teaching and writing on safeguarding children.

Steve’s doctorate used phenomenography to examine the influence that initial training has on the professional practice of in-service teachers in the lifelong learning sector, in order to develop a middle-range theory on teacher development.

Steve is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

Current Teaching

Guest lecturer on Safeguarding across all ITE programmes;
Doctoral supervisor (PhD and EdD)
Professional Values and Practice (Masters level)
School-Based Independent Study (Masters level)
MRes Professional Practice supervisor
MA Dissertation supervisor
BA Dissertation supervisor

Research Interests

Steve is currently researching around the use of Virtual Reality technology in pedagogy. Additionally, he is working with local mainstream schools in order to evaluate the P>Tech curriculum initiative developed in the USA by IBM.

His doctoral thesis was titled: 'In-Service Initial Teacher Training in Post-Compulsory Education: A phenomenographical investigation into the influence of initial training on professional practice.' This research has developed a middle range theory (Merton, 1949) on the influence of initial teacher training on professional practice. This model can be used for a variety of ends, from making recommendations about course content or curriculum developments improvements in teacher training, to use in the marketing of such programmes.

Selected Publications

Books (1)

  • Reid J; Burton S ed. (2013) Safeguarding and Protecting Children in the Early Years. Abingdon: Routledge.

Chapters (2)

  • Burton S (2013) Safeguarding children from online danger. In: Burton S; Reid J Safeguarding and protecting children in the early years. : Routledge, pp. .
  • Burton SJ (2013) Communicating through a crisis. In: Burton S; Reid J Safeguarding and Protecting Children in the Early Years. : Routledge, pp. .
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