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Dr Alan Bainbridge

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Childhood and Education Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922452

Profile summary

Alan Bainbridge is a Chartered Psychologist, Doctor of Clinical Science and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and began working in Higher Education in 2001 having previously taught in secondary schools for 18 years. He is interested in the contested space between psychoanalytic thought and practices to education in its widest sense. He has written on how educational professionals develop their professional practice, the nature of academic understanding and is currently exploring the fetish in education and how learning and the ‘natural world’ are interconnected. Alan has recently used narrative and biographical techniques to research the motivators and barriers towards a community engagement project and the attitude of individuals towards the re-introduction of native wild carnivores. He uses his experience as a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist to inform his research and as such works qualitatively to seek to provide opportunities and spaces where participants can provide rich contextual data of their life experiences. He coordinates the Auto/biography and Narrative Research and Knowledge Exchange Theme Group for the Faculty of Education and is a co-coordinator of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults Life History and Biography Network.

Research and knowledge exchange

Current Research and Knowledge Exchange Projects:

Erasmus+ 2 Year project ‘Curricular Reform For Democratic Principles and Civic Education (CURE) in Teacher-Training Programs in Israel and in Georgia – Evaluation partner. £49,425

Supervision: A business and community service for colleagues in schools project– Canterbury Diocese funded. . Currently looking at expanding this alongside the development of a Certificate in Supervision to increase capacity,

Understanding attitudes towards native wildlife and biodiversity in the UK: the role of zoos. Inter-disciplinary CCCU group already received Futures Initiative Funding. 

Previous Research and Knowledge Exchange Projects:

Academic supervisor. Evaluation of Kent Safe Schools Programme. Knowledge Transfer Partnership. (£120,000). Completed 2011 and graded ‘Outstanding’.

CCCU Research Intern: Exploring the motivators and Inhibitors of a community sustainability action project. Completed 2014. Intern then appointed as KTP Associate and soon to submit PhD.

CCCU Research Intern: Evaluation of Forest Schools in Thanet.

Using biography with ‘new professionals in educational settings’ to provide insight into the psychodynamic aspects of teaching and learning relationships. Funded- CCCU (£800). Completed 2008

Exploring the use of an on-line environment to develop the learning biographies of mature students on a foundation degree programme. ESCalate Small Grant (£5000). Completed 2006.

Invited Activities

Bainbridge, A. (2017). In praise of human learning. Learning First Conference Keynote – CCCU January 28th 2017

Bainbridge, A. (2016) Building a world unfit to live in: the deception, distraction and disavowal of the fetish. Pedagogia Oggi, 1/2016, 62-72.

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Bainbridge, A. (2016) Becoming and Education Professional: an exploration of professional identity at an unconscious, individual and social level. Invited paper presentation 5th International Conference on Culture, Biography and Lifelong Learning. Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea. 17-19th March

Teaching and subject expertise

British Psychological Society:

     Division of Educational and Child Psychology

     Psychotherapy section

     Psychology and Education section

 

Association for the Teachers of Psychology

European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (Network on Life History and Narrative Research)

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

External activities

Bainbridge, A. (2017) Ecologagical understanding of transformative experience. For the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults – Life History and Biography Network conference, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, 2-5th March, 2017

 

Bainbridge, A. (2016). Rewilding Universities: finding a place for debate, dissent and difficult knowledge. Paper presented at the Sustainability in Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities. Canterbury Christ Church University 6-7th July 2016

 

Bainbridge, A. (2016). Understanding attitudes towards native wildlife and biodiversity in the UK: the role of zoos. Symposium on Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom. Manchester Metropolitan University 5-6th April, 2016.

 

Bainbridge, A. (2016) Becoming and Education Professional: an exploration of professional identity at an unconscious, individual and social level. Invited paper presentation 5th International Conference on Culture, Biography and Lifelong Learning. Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea. 17-19th March

 

Bainbridge, A. (2016). The ‘Natural World’ as a Resource of Hope: human and non-human living together apart. Paper presented at the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults – Life History and Biography Network conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 3-6th March, 2016.,

Bainbridge A. and Stirrup V. (2015) ‘Narratives beyond the backyard: A case study on support for a community pro-environmental and sustainability project’. Paper presented at the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults - Life History and Biography Network conference, Università di Milano Bicocca, Italy.


Consorte-McCrea, A., Bainbridge, A., Fernandez, A., Nigbur, D. and McDonnell, S. (2015) The role of zoos in attitudes towards biodiversity and the reintroduction of native wild carnivores to the UK: results from a pilot study. In: ICCB: 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology, 2nd-6th August, Montpellier, France.

 

Bainbridge, A. (2015). Building a World Unfit to Live in: the deception and seduction of the commodity fetish. Paper presented at the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults – Network on Between Local and Global: Adult Learning and Development Conference, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. 18-20 July.,

Publications and research outputs

Books

Bainbridge, A. (2015) Becoming an Education Professional: A Psychosocial Exploration of Developing an Education Professional Practice. Palgrave: London

Bainbridge, A. and West, L. (Ed.) (2012). Psychoanalysis and Education: minding a gap. London: Karnac Books. 

 

Book Chapters

Consorte-McCrea, A., Bainbridge, A., Fernandez, A., Nigbur, D., McDonnell, S., Morin, A. and Grente, O. (2016) Understanding attitudes towards native wildlife and biodiversity in the UK: the role of zoos. In: Leal Filho, W., ed. Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom. Springer. ISBN 9783319478821

Bainbridge, A. (2012). Prequels and Sequels: a psychoanalytic understanding of developing a professional practice in an education setting. In, Bainbridge, A. and West, L. (Ed.). Psychoanalysis and Education: minding a gap. p146-167 London: Karnac.

   


Journal Articles

Bainbridge, A. (under review) An Ecology of Transformative Learning: a shift from the ego to the eco. Journal of Transformative Education

Bainbridge, A. (2018) Education then and now: making the case for ecol-agogy, Pedagogy, Culture & Society, DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2018.1517130

Bainbridge, A., Gaitanidis, A & Hoult, EC. (2018): When learning becomes a fetish: the pledge, turn and prestige of magic tricks, Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 26 (3), 345-361 

Bainbridge, A. (2016) Developing an education professional identity: the role of agency at an unconscious, individual and social level. Culture, Biography & Lifelong Learning, 2(2)

Bainbridge, A. (2016) Building a world unfit to live in: the deception, distraction and disavowal of the fetish. Pedagogia Oggi, 1/2016, 62-72.

Bainbridge, A. (2015) Pedagogy of Recognition: Winnicott, Honneth and Learning in Psychosocial Spaces, Journal of Pedagogic Development. Volume 5 Issue 3 – Autumn 2015

Bainbridge, A. (2014). Digital technology, human world making and the avoidance of learning. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. (Special Edition: Digital technologies in Learning Development) ISSN: 1759-667X

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