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Biography

I am Professor of Work and Learning and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Huddersfield where I have worked since 2006. Prior to joining the University I taught in Further Education (FE) colleges for sixteen years, mainly on ESOL and teacher education provision. I still maintain a keen interest in FE and I am currently leading a three-year national research project on initial teacher education for science, engineering and technology teachers working in colleges. This major project is funded by the Gatsby Foundation.

My first degree was in History and French from the University of Manchester and I later went on to study for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and the Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults. I completed an MA by research at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, which examined the impact of policy on FE teaching practice. In November 2009 I was awarded a PhD for my thesis entitled College Cultures and Pre-Service Trainee Teachers: a study in the creation and transmission of ideas about teaching. In 2015 I completed an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester.

In 2014 the Higher Education Academy awarded me with a National Teaching Fellowship for my work around vocational education.

I am currently visiting professor at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Vocational education and training
  • Teacher education and professional development in the Further Education sector
  • Vocational pedagogy
  • College-based higher education
  • The work-based learning of architects
  • Quantitative research methods in educational research

Keywords

  • Vocational Education
  • Vocational Training
  • Teacher Education
  • Professional Development
  • Further Education
  • Vocational Pedagogy
  • College-Based HE
  • Work Based Learning
  • Quantitative Research Methods

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Research Output 2010 2018

Black students in VET: Learner experiences in an English metropolitan and provincial setting

Avis, J., Orr, K. & Warmingtom, P., 4 Sep 2018, Trends in Vocational Education and Training Research: Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET). VETNET, p. 44-52 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
division of labor
social capital
experience
labor market
student

Equality and diversity

Avis, J., Ashmore, L., Dalton, J., Hadwen, D., Lavender, K., Noel, P., Rennie, S., Salter, E., Swindells, D., Terry, R., Orr, K. & Thomas, D., 11 Oct 2018, Teaching in Lifelong learning: A guide to theory and practice. Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). 3 ed. london: Open University Press, p. 57-78 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Further Education Colleges in the United Kingdom: Providing Education for Other People's Children

Orr, K., 14 Aug 2018, Handbook of Comparative Studies on Community Colleges and Global Counterparts. Latiner Raby, R. & Valeau, E. J. (eds.). Springer Verlag, (Springer International Handbooks of Education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

further education
education
present
government agency
continuity

Getting to know the organization

Avis, J., Dalton, J., Dixon, L., Jennings, A., Orr, K. & Tummons, J., 11 Oct 2018, Teaching in lifelong learning: A guide to Theory and Practice. Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). London: Open University Press, p. 227-231 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Literature review of subject-specialist pedagogy

Hanley, P., Hepworth, J., Orr, K. & Thompson, R., 27 Sep 2018, The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. 68 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
further education
empirical research
literature

Activities 2011 2018

  • 16 Oral presentation
  • 1 Invited talk

Black Students in Vocational Education and Training: Learner Experiences in an English Metropolitan and Provincial Setting

James Avis (Speaker), Kevin Orr (Speaker), Paul Warmington (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
7 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Black Students in Vocational Education and Training: Learner Experience in Metropolitan and Provincial Settings

James Avis (Speaker), Kevin Orr (Speaker), Paul Warmingtom (Speaker)
12 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Race, Vocational Education and Training, Learner Experience

James Avis (Speaker), Kevin Orr (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Serena Johnson (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Paul Warmington (Speaker)
21 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Enhancing Pedagogy in Vocational Science, Engineering and Technology: Evaluating Impact

Kevin Orr (Speaker)
7 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Race, Vocational Education and Training, Learner Experience

James Avis (Speaker), Kevin Orr (Speaker), Serena Johnson (Speaker), Paul Warmington (Speaker)
21 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation