Dr Andrew J. Davis
Andrew Davis’s career includes eight years in primary schools, six at Cambridge University and over twenty at Durham University where he is a Research Fellow. He has worked for the Quality Assurance Agency as a Subject Specialist Reviewer and directed Argument Matters, a strand of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth Durham summer school for four years. He is Assistant Editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Education and secretary of the Durham Branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.
He contributes to Combined Social Sciences, Combined Arts, Education Studies, Primary PGCE, Secondary PGCE and MA.
Please check out link for current projects and publications: http://ajdav35.wix.com/andrew-davis-educ
A Critique of Pure Teaching Methods and the Case for Synthetic Phonics Video of the UCL/IOE 22nd November 2017 event
The evidence for popular teaching methods is shaky: https://www.tes.com/news/tes-magazine/tes-magazine/evidence-popular-teaching-methods-shaky
Are Faith Schools Indoctrinatory? https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/faithschooling/entry/are_faith_schools/
And 'Is Homework Detrimental to Children's Well-being?http://theqstn.com/questions/218215/is-homework-detrimental-to-children-s-wellbeing
To get a free download of "To read or not to read: decoding synthetic phonics" (published online December 13th 2013) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/2048-416X.2013.12000.x/abstract
View launch of "To read or not to read: decoding synthetic phonics" (held January 29th 2014 at the Institute of Education, London University) at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8n52lgaxzfi9d82/TrdlBd2s6-#lh:null-PESGB2.mp4
Summary articles and selected media coverage of "To Read or not to Read..":
Don’t let reading wars hold back more able children - available https://theconversation.com/dont-let-reading-wars-hold-back-more-able-children-22468
A Plague on the Fundamentalism of synthetic phonics- at http://news.tes.co.uk/b/opinion/2014/01/28/39-a-plague-on-the-fundamentalism-of-synthetic-phonics-39.aspx
Brief clip from Radio 5 live coverage at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01qpxlv
News report about "To read or not to read" plus comments - at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25917646
Reading lessons: why synthetic phonics doesn't work http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/mar/04/reading-lessons-phonics-world-book-day?CMP=twt_gu
School of Education
- Philosophy and psychology of mathematical learning
- Primary mathematics
- Reading and phonics
- Researching teaching methods
- Davis, A., Goulding M. & Suggate, J. (2017). Mathematical Knowledge for Primary Teachers. Taylor and Francis.
- Davis, A. & Winch, C. (2015). Educational Assessment on Trial. Bloomsbury Academic.
- Barnes, L P & Davis, A (2015). Religious Education: Educating for Diversity. Bloomsbury.
- Suggate, J., Davis, A. & Goulding, M. (2010). Mathematical Knowledge for Primary Teachers. Routledge.
- Davis, A. (2008). Educational Assessment and Accountability: a critique of current policy. Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.
- Suggate, J., Davis, A. & Goulding, M. (2006). Mathematical Knowledge for Primary Teachers. David Fulton.
- Suggate, J., Davis, A. & Goulding, M. (2001). Mathematical Knowledge for Primary Teachers. David Fulton.
- A.J. Davis (1999). Educational Assessment: a critique of current policy. Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.
- Suggate, J., Davis, A. & Goulding, M. (1998). Mathematical Knowledge for Primary Teachers. David Fulton.
- A.J. Davis (1998). The Limits of Educational Assessment. Blackwell Publishers.
Chapter in book
- Davis, A.J. (2014). Homework on Trial. In Philosophical Perspectives on Compulsory Education. Papastephanou, M. Springer. 157-169.
- Davis, A. (2009). Ian Hacking, Learner Categories and Human Taxonomies. In New Philosophies of Learning. Cigman, R. & Davis, A. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 83-97.
- Davis, A. (2009). Learning. In The SAGE Handbook of Philosophy of Education. Bailey, R., Carr, D., Barrow, R. & McCarthy, C. London: Sage Publications.
- Davis, A. (2008). Lookism', Common Schools, Respect and Democracy. In The Common School and the Comprehensive Ideal. Halstead, M. & Haydon, G. (eds) Wiley-Blackwell. 306-321.
- Davis, A. (2007). Consistency, Understanding and Truth in Educational Research. In Philosophy, Methodology and Educational Research. Bridges, D. & Smith, R. (Eds) Blackwell. 75-88.
- A.J. Davis (2003). The Measurement of Learning. In The Companion to the Philosophy of Education. Curren, R. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. 272-283.
- Davis, A. (2016). Dyslexia: Developing the Debate. Bloomsbury Academic.
- Cigman, R. & Davis, A. (2009). New Philosophies of Learning. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Davis, A.J. (2017). It worked there. Will it work here? Researching teaching methods. Ethics and Education 12(3): 289-303.
- Davis, A. (2015). Is it really possible to test all educationally significant achievements with high levels of reliability? Ethics and Education 10(3): 372-379.
- Davis, A.J. (2013). How far can we aspire to consistency when assessing learning?. Ethics and Education 8(3): 217-228.
- Davis, A.J. (2013). Neuroscience and Education: At Best a Civil Partnership: A Response to Schrag. Journal of Philosophy of Education 47(1): 31-36.
- Davis, A.J. (2013). To read or not to read; decoding synthetic phonics. Impact 2013 20.
- Davis, A.J. (2012). A Monstrous Regimen of Synthetic Phonics: Fantasies of Research-Based Teaching 'Methods' versus Real Teaching. Journal of Philosophy of Education 46(4): 560-573.
- Davis, A.J. (2011). Interpreting Student Responses in High Stakes Standardized Quantitative Learning Assessment. Philosophy of Education Archive 2011: 186-189.
- Davis, A. (2010). Defending Religious Pluralism for Religious Education. Ethics and Education 5(3): 189-202.
- Davis, A. (2009). Examples as Method? My Attempts to Understand Assessment and Fairness (in the Spirit of the Later Wittgenstein. Journal of Philosophy of Education 43(3): 371-389.
- Davis, A. (2008). Effective Teaching: some contemporary mythologies. Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal 23.
- Davis, A.J. (2006). High Stakes Testing and the Structure of the Mind: A reply to Randall Curren. Journal of Philosophy of Education 40(1): 1-16.
- A.J. Davis (2005). Learning and the Social Nature of Mental Powers. Educational Philosophy and Theory 37(5): 635-647.
- A.J. Davis (2005). Social Externalism and the Ontology of Competence. Philosophical Explorations 8(3): 297-308.
- A.J. Davis (2004). The Credentials of Brain-based Learning. Journal of Philosophy of Education 38(1): 21-36.
- A.J. Davis & J. White (2001). Accountability and School Inspection: In Defence of Audited Self-Review. Journal of Philosophy of Education 35(4): 667-681.
- A.J. Davis (2001). Do Children Have Privacy Rights in the Classroom?. Studies in Philosophy and Education 20(3): 245-254.
- A.J. Davis (2001). Teaching for Understanding in Primary Mathematics. Evaluation and Research in Education 15(3): 136-42.
- A.J.Davis (1999). Prescribing Teaching Methods. Journal of Philosophy of Education 33(3): 387-401.
- A.J. Davis (1997). Understanding Mathematics. Journal of Philosophy of Education 31(2): 355-364.
- Davis,A. (2017). A Critique of Pure Teaching Methods and the Case of Synthetic Phonics. Bloomsbury Academic.
Available for media contact about:
- General policy: assessment, inspection, tracking standards
- Subject specialists: maths in primary schools
- Subject specialists: Reading and phonics
- Subject specialists: Researching teaching methods