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believe that a key part of any site is making the work transparent to
others. So, on this page I've included an outline of my work in addition
to a brief overview of the development of the work of the Teaching Ecology
site is the latest incarnation of an initiative started in the late 1980s
when the British Ecological Society (BES) was concerned about the level
of ecological education especially in schools. An interested group of
teachers formed a new sub-group of the BES, the Teaching Ecology Group.
By 1989, a small newsletter had been produced and circulated to the members.
This expanded so that by the early 1990s it was a 40+ page work sent out
2 or 3 times a year to ecological educators aeround the world. I came
on board initially as a book reviewer following my work in UK education.
Production editor was added soon after until I moved to Australia. Still
wishing to keep this work going I designed the first website to promote
the reviews. This is the fourth version of a site which is getting, pleasingly,
increasing recognition for around the world for its work. This means it's
far easier to get material for review which in turn promotes the site
etc.! Of course, if you have any suggestions, please contact me.
- Modelling the Urban Land Conversion System - Reading University,
(Distinction) - Organisation, Planning and Management - Reading
- Geography and Geology (Hons). - London University, UK
- Geography education. - Cardiff University, UK.
- Australia and the UK. Courses taught: Environmental Science,
Geography, Wildlife Conservation, Archaeology, History, Urban
Studies, Forestry, Geology, Information Technology, Financial
Analysis, Customer Service, Tourism, Mathematics, Statistics,
- 2000+ - HSC examiner, Geography; 1995-96 University of Cambridge
Local Examinations Syndicate. IGCSE Examiner Geography;1994-96
University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate. MENO Thinking
Skills Service: Examiner in Critical Thinking and Communication;
1984-86 Welsh Joint examination Board. CSE/O Geography - examiner.1981-1996
University of London Examination and Assessment Council. A level
Environmental Studies (1981-94) - question writer, subject
panel member, examiner: A level Geography (1995 +) - examiner.
- 1976-81 Department of the Environment, UK. Assistant supervisor
at Castle Acre Priory, Norfolk. i/c site conservation, artifact
conservation, site science and safety. Tutor in fieldwork and
site science to post-graduate students. Production of reports.
Science and Education:
I started in Environmental Education it was just being introduced
as an 'A' level (senior school exam) in the UK. This was before the
welter of books we have today and so, much time was spent just gathering
the information and designing curriculum models that would work. Some
of these got published, some didn't and all got re-worked over the
years! They must have travelled because they've been brought to my
attention in places as far afield as Dorset and Australia. My focus
has been the integrative nature of environmental analysis (i.e. the
creation of holisitic models and how this can be communicated) with
a current emphasis on strategy and policy.
Focus: Curriculum design, learning strategies, ICT usage and web design,
majority of work was for my PhD where I was involved in analysing
council documents, planning records and development applications.
This continued with the development of the model that was part of
the doctoral thesis. Given that this was a new perspective on the
development process it is a goal to continue this work and see how
the model develops in new areas and times.
Urban growth, land conversion and politics.
argued in a number of papers that management is best studied using
a theoretical perspective. I think the best approach is via theoretical
phenomenology similar to that developed by T Barr Greenfield in the
1980s. The great idea is that perception is given the same power as
reality (which I reckon explains many organisations today). I started
to develop this into a model of organisational micropolitics. As a
sideline in another area I got the chance to look at computer economics
which is nowhere near as well researched as people think and where,
even today, money can be wasted!
really started the whole research thing when I started work on a Medieval
priory in Norfolk, UK. I ended up working as the site scientist and
conservator. This was around the time environmental archaeology was
being developed - there is nothing better than being in the vanguard
of a new research area. We got the chance to look at Medieval palaeohydraulics
(river management!) before the site got filled in again. As far as
I know this is a unique site!
- 'Timber, sediments and hydrology' in Wilcox R. Excavation
of a Monastic Grain-Processing Complex at Castle Acre Priory,
Norfolk, 1977-1982. Norfolk Archaeology.
The Cross-Cultural Impact of Educational Globalisation.*
Perception and Reality: Principal's Training Needs and Supply
in Australia and the United Kingdom.*
Is the National Curriculum an Exercise in Deskilling? A Critique
of the UK National Curriculum in Relation to Future needs.*
* = All in Watson K, et al. Educational Dilemmas. Cassells
Globalisation: Rhetoric and Reality: Int. J. Ed. and Development
Globalisation - training of principals. (invited conference
paper - IJED Conference, Oxford).
- Modelling the land conservation process - Env. And Plan A.26.
- Subversion and the organisation: some theoretical considerations.
Ed. Man. and Admin. pp 30-37.
- Microcomputer maintenance in schools. J. Comp. Assisted Learning.
pp 34- 47.
- Micro-computer repairs; A study of policy and response in
an English LEA. Ed. Man. And Admin. pp 133-139.
contributor as books review editor (this site!)
of articles in the Environmental Education press