Dr Graham Downes

School of Education

Graham Downes is the Subject Head for Education and Early Childhood Studies. He has a particular interest in the social and political aspects of education. He spent six years working as a primary school teacher, followed by six years working as an advisory teacher for the Central Bristol EAZ. Whilst there, his remit was to develop collaborative projects between schools and local organisations with a focus on technology. The Zone had a specific affiliation with the Arts and, as a result, Graham worked on many projects in collaboration with local artists and art organisations such as The Watershed in Bristol.

His PhD thesis examined the relationship between moral discourses and social class in education contexts. He has an MSc in Education, Technology and Society.

He is committed to widening access and improving outcomes in the higher education sector.

Conference publication

Shukor NA, Noor NMD, Ma’Rof AM, Halim NDABD, McLain M, Rothwell P, Downes G, Tracy F. 2023. Designing an Online Course on Learning Analytics for Educators: Preliminary Insights from a Scoping Review 31st International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2023 - Proceedings, 2 :899-901

Shukor NA, Noor NMD, MA’ROF AM, HALIM NDABD, McLain MN, Downes G, Rothwell P, Tracy F. 2023. Designing an Online Course on Learning Analytics for Educators: Preliminary Insights from a Scoping Review Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Computers in Education, International Conference on Computers in Education :899-901 Publisher Url Public Url

Tracy F, Downes G. Lessons learned during lockdown- what to keep online beyond the crisis? ALT-C

Journal article

Garden A, Downes G. 2023. New boundaries, undecided roles: towards an understanding of forest schools as constructed spaces Education 3-13, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Garden AS, Downes G. 2021. A systematic review of forest schools literature in England Education 3-13, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Books (authored)

Simon CA, Downes G. 2020. Sociology for Education Studies Connecting Theory, Settings and Everyday Experiences Routledge 9780429673559

Chapters

Downes G. 2020. Education as Hegemonic Structure Simon C, Downes G. Sociology for Education Studies Connecting Theory, Settings and Everyday Experiences Routledge. London 9780367028404

Hughes B, Downes G. Intersectionality, Democracy and Education Kassem D, Taylor E. Key Issues in Childhood & Youth Studies (second edition)

Hughes B, Downes G. Gender, Sexuality and Education Kassem D, Taylor E. Key Issues in Childhood & Youth Studies

Conference presentation:

Lessons learned during lockdown- what to keep online beyond the crisis?, ALT-C, Manchester, Oral presentation. 2022

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