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Mr Graham Topley

Senior Lecturer

School: Faculty of Education Assistant Dean's Office

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923457

Profile summary

I am currently Senior lecturer in Post Compulsory Education and training (PCET) department within the Faculty of Education.

I was appointed in January 2009. My main duties include delivering on the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) / Diploma in Education and Training (DET) programme within the partnership consortium which includes FE Colleges, Adult Community Learning centres and other providers within Kent and London. I am link tutor on the programme at both South Thames College (STC) and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CoHENEL) which involves liaising with the centre coordinators, delivering mentor training, teaching modules to both Year 1 and 2 groups on the DTLLS / DET, as well as modules on the BA Lifelong Learning Year 1 and 2 programme at both colleges.

I am currently part of the PGCE Post Compulsory team delivering at CoHENEL for 2013 / 14.

In addition I am module lead for Module 1 on the DTLLS / DET programme with responsibility for its development and implementation across the consortium.

Before coming to CCCU I spent 20 years teaching at Lambeth FE college, beginning with vocational teaching to day release British telecom engineers, to working with learners with severe and moderate learning difficulties, to developing social science units on a variety of Access into HE courses. At the end of my career at Lambeth College I took responsibility for the delivery and development of Initial Teacher Education programmes for in - service staff, culminating in the teaching of the CCCU foundation degree and Teaching Awards in the Lifelong Learning Sector of which DTLLS  / DET is an integral part.

My academic interests lie in researching the impact of ITE courses with specific reference in vocational disciplines and the extent to which current ITE programmes meet the specific needs of vocational practitioners.

Research and knowledge exchange

I completed an MA Teaching in the Post Compulsory Sector at the Institute of Education, University of London in 2010.

My dissertation was entitled " To what extent is teacher training in vocational contexts in the Lifelong Learning Sector likely to be improved by the new Lifelong Learning  UK ( LLUK ) standards? "

I am currently developing a research based article focusing on the new post Lingfield ITE Diploma in Education and Training programme and its suitability for equipping specifically vocational tutors and trainers in the sector to deliver high quality teaching.

The intention is to submit the article to an appropriate and suitable journal for publication in 2014.

Teaching and subject expertise

My teaching and subject expertise includes teaching and learning techniques required of an effective teacher in the Lifelong Learning context.

It also includes the development of assessment principles , purposes and terminology as well as the exploration and development of aspects of the psychology of learning, enhancing knowledge and understanding of a range of theories and approaches to communication and learning.

In addition I have expertise in formalising the concept of the reflective learner as a means of identifying learners' continuing professional development needs as well as raising awareness and understanding of wider issues of diversity and inclusion for subject specialisms.

Finally I have expertise in developing an awareness of wider socio-economic and political contexts within the sector, involving a critical examination of the rationale and values that underpin Post Compulsory education with a focus on ways in which these changes affect both individual and wider professional practice.

I am currently a member of the Institute for Learning ( IfL )

External activities

I presented a paper " New managerialism - where is it going" at a departmental PCET day conference in November 2009.

In July 2012 I presented a paper "How could the new Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector " ( DTLLS ) programme improve the capabilities of trainees to teach vocational areas?" at the CCCU " At the Crossroads - new directions in teacher education" conference 

I am currently preparing a research proposal, based on the paper presented above at the "Crossroads" conference with a view to completing an article for submission to a suitable academic journal in 2013 / 14.

Publications and research outputs

MA Teaching in the Post Compulsory Sector dissertation "To what extent is teacher training in vocational contexts in the Lifelong Learning Sector likely to be improved by the new Lifelong Learning UK ( LLUK ) standards?" 2010

"How could the new Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector ( DTLLS ) programme improve the capabilities of trainees to teach vocational areas?" paper at "At the Crossroads; new directions in teacher education" conference CCCU July 2012

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