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Dr Avril Rowley

Dr Avril Rowley

Telephone: 0151 231 5487

Biography

Dr Avril Rowley is a senior lecturer on the Primary Education team with specialisms in primary science, history and outdoor learning (including Forest Schools). With 20 years teaching experience in a range of primary schools across Merseyside, Avril joined the Primary Education team in September 2015 where she has continued to contribute to the delivery of a dynamic and responsive Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme. Her special interest in the benefits of the use of the outdoors to enhance the educational experiences of young people and children led her to establish a designated Forest School area on IM Marsh Campus to enable primary trainee teachers to engage with local schools through the teaching of Forest Schools and outdoor learning. This area is unique to ITE settings and was planned and built in collaboration with The Mersey Forest and The Conservation Volunteers over the summer of 2016.
Research interests include:
1. The impact of Forest School pedagogies on children and young people’s engagement with nature, physical activity and psycho-social development;
2. Outdoor learning as a means to enhancing children's learning across the curriculum;
3. The impact of the use of green spaces on mental and physical wellbeing;
4. Gender issues in the primary teaching workforce.

Degrees

2003, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD: The management of change in primary education: nine headteachers' perspectives of their management and leadership styles through a period of educational reform
1994, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Primary BEd (Hons) History and Social Studies

Publications

Journal article

Ankers De Salis C, Rowley AM, Stokell K, Brundrett M. 2018. Do we need more male primary teachers? Tensions and contradictions in the perspectives of male and female trainees. Education 3-13, >DOI

Bell L, Rowley A. 2002. The impact of educational policy on headship in primary schools in England, 1994‐2001 Journal of Educational Administration, 40 :195-210 >DOI

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Developing and embedding interventions to enhance student wellbeing., LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, Redmonds Building, LJMU, Oral presentation 13/06/2018

Developing and embedding interventions to enhance student wellbeing., Institute for Health Research Conference, Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, Poster presentation 01/05/2018

I’m a Male – Get Me Out of Here! Researching the male experience on the primary education course at LJMU., 8th TEAN Conference, Aston University Conference Cntre, Birmingham, Oral presentation 11/05/2017

Fostering Education for Sustainable Development at LJMU 2020 and Beyond, EHC Faculty Symposium, Redmonds Building, LJMU, Oral presentation 15/09/2016

‘I’m a Male – Get Me Out of Here! Researching the male experience on the female dominated primary education course at LJMU’, EHC Faculty Symposium, Redmonds Building, LJMU, Oral presentation 15/09/2016

‘I’m a Male – Get Me Out of Here! Researching the male experience on the female dominated primary education course at LJMU’, Festival of Research, Faculty of Education, Health and Community, Titanic Hotel, Oral presentation 08/06/2016

Award:

You're Amazing Awards: Partners in Learning Individual Award, Liverpool Students Union, https://www.liverpoolsu.com/ata

Rising Star Award: Recognition of Distinction in respect of significant teaching contribution and leadership potential in Teaching and Learning., LJMU Teaching and Learning Academy

External committees:

International Mobility Coordinator, Liverpool John Moores University, International Mobility Coordinator

External Examiner, St Mary's University, Twickenham, External Examiner of Undergraduate Primary Education Programmes

Forest School User Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Coordinator

Green Spaces Interest Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Lead of Education Sub-Group

North West (Merseyside) CPRT, Cambridge Primary Review Trust, Co-Chairperson

Research Grants Awarded:

Teaching and Learning Academy, Developing and embedding interventions to enhance student wellbeing., Caroline Brett, Grant value (£): 6860.40, Duration of research project: 9 months

Liverpool John Moores University FREE Capacity Building Project, Exploring the experiences of male trainees on a Primary BA (Hons) with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Degree course., Colette Ankers de Salis, Kathryn Stokell, Marilyn Kelly, Grant value (£): 7079.60, Duration of research project: 6 months

Teaching and Learning Academy, Fostering Education for Sustainable Development and Environmental Awareness amongst Staff and Students, across schools in the Faculty of Education, Health and Community into 2020 and beyond., Dr Duncan Martin, Grant value (£): Student internship, Duration of research project: 3 months