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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Dr David Stevens

Teaching Staff in the School of Education
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48396
Room number: ED305

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David Stevens is Course Director for the PGCE Secondary course, and subject tutor for PGCE Secondary English. Before joining the university in 1996 he taught English in four secondary comprehensive schools, in two as Head of English.

David’s research and teaching interests centre on English pedagogy, with particular emphasis on the developing nature of the subject as taught and learned in schools. In this respect, he is interested in working towards a synthesis of different – sometimes apparently opposing – views of English, focusing on its radical Romantic roots and the implications of such a conception for a critical literacy appropriate to the contemporary world; his research and publications seek to explore this area from diverse standpoints. He is concerned to promote a broad vision of English as an arts subject in a critically intercultural context. David has published widely in this field, including publications cited below.

In the broader context of English teaching, David is a long-standing member of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE), and as such chairs the NATE Committee for Initial Teacher Education – increasingly active in its promotion of this sector’s interests; he is, further, a member of the NATE National Council, and contributes at both local and national levels to the development and activities of the organisation. He is also currently external examiner for the PGCE Secondary English course at the UCL Institute of Education in London, having previously held similar posts at many other universities.

Information for prospective doctoral research student supervisions

David would welcome applications from prospective doctoral students on any of his research interests.

Indicators of Esteem

  • Chair of National Association: Chair of National Association for the Teaching of English Initial Teacher Education Committee (from 1998). Member of NATE Council (from 1996) and regular contributor, by invitation, to NATE conferences as speaker or workshop/seminar leader.
  • Editorial Panels:

    Member of the Editorial Panel for:

    • The Cambridge Journal of Education (from 1995) The Journal of Education for Teaching (from 2011) and
    • English in Education (from 2002).

    Also editorial consultant for the Cambridge University Press (from 1998)

  • External examiner:
  • 2006: Writing in newspaper: Regular fortnightly column writing, by invitation, in the weekly secondary teaching newspaper, SecEd (From 2006)

Research Interests

  • English and the arts, literacy and gender
  • Pedagogical traditions in native language teaching
  • Post-16 provision
  • Romantic and Critical Pedagogical Traditions

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Authored book

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • D. Stevens (2003). English for the English: An intercultural Approach. In Intercultural Experience and Education. Geof Alred, Mike Byram & Mike Fleming Multilingual Matters. 17.

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