Dr David Stevens
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)
- English and the arts, literacy and gender
- Pedagogical traditions in native language teaching
- Post-16 provision
- Romantic and Critical Pedagogical Traditions
- Stevens, D. (2014). Critical Literacy through Initial Teacher Education in English. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education 21(1): 32-41.
- Stevens, D. (2012). Paulo Freire and the pedagogical traditions of the subject English. English in Education 46(2): 121-134.
- Stevens, D. (2011). Critically Enlightened Romantic Values and English Pedagogy: A response to Peter Medway. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education 18(1): 45-56.
- Stevens, D. (2010). A Freirean critique of the competence model of teacher education, focusing on the standards for qualified teacher status in England. Journal of Education for Teaching 36(2): 187-196.
- Stevens, D. & Lowing, K. (2008). Observer, observed and observations: Initial teacher education. English tutors' feedback on lessons taught by student teachers of English. English in Education 42(2): 162-198.
- Stevens, D. (2007). 'Draw your own conclusions': teaching pre-twentieth century poetry in an arts context. English in Education 41(3): 54-66.
- Stevens, D., Cliff Hodges, G., Gibbons, S., Hunt, P. & Turvey, A. (2006). Transformations in learning and teaching through Initial Teacher Education. Literacy: Teacher Education and Development 40(2): 97-105.
- D. Stevens (2005). Literacy and Citizenship: an intercultural perspective. Changing English 12(2): 253-263.
- Stevens, D. (2005). Showing the Strategy where to go: Possibilities for creative approaches to KS3 literacy teaching in initial teacher education. English in Education 39(1): 19-31.
- D. Stevens (2000). A Reflective Account of a Working Fortnight in Bulgaria with 12 Post-graduate Student Teachers of English and Geography. Journal of Education for Teaching 26(1): 45-54.
- Stevens, D. (2011). Cross-curricular Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School: English. London: Routledge.
- Stevens, D. & Fleming, M. (2009). English teaching in the Secondary School: Linking Theory and Practice. London: Routledge.
- Stevens, D. & Fleming, M. (2004). English Teaching in the Secondary School: Linking Theory and Practice. London: David Fulton.
- D. Stevens & N. McGuinn (2004). The Art of Teaching Secondary English: innovative and creative approaches. London: RoutledgeFalmer.
- M. Fleming, F. Hardman, D. Stevens & J. Williamson (2000). Meeting the Standards in Secondary English. Routledge.
- D. Stevens & M. Fleming (1998). English Teaching in the Secondary School. David Fulton Publishers.
- Stevens, D. (2012). A Guided Reader for Secondary English: Pedagogy and Practice. Routledge.
- M. Byram, A. Nichols & D. Stevens (2001). Developing intercultural competence in practice. NetLibrary, Inc.
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.