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Prof Mike Fleming

Emeritus Professor in the School of Education
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48349

Contact Prof Mike Fleming (email at m.p.fleming@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Mike Fleming is emeritus professor of education. He has fulfilled a number of roles in the School of Education. He spent five years as Director of the PGCE secondary course, five years as Director of Initial Teacher Training, and five years as Director of Research and as Director of Postgraduate Division. His research interests are in the area of the teaching of English and drama, aesthetics and arts education, and intercultural education. He has published thirteen books (five single authored, two co-authored and six edited) as well as a large number of papers and chapters in books. Several of these books are now into their third and fourth editions. He has also published a series of text books. His writing on drama and aesthetics has been extremely influential both nationally and internationally in integrating competing traditions from drama in education and theatre. He has also published on the relationship between drama and intercultural education. He has recently co-authored The Language Dimension in All Subjects for the Language Policy Division at the Council of Europe. For a report of this and his other work at the Council of Europe work see www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/

His most recent single authored book published in 2012 is on The Arts in Education (Routledge).

In 2015 edited with Professor Liora Bresler (University of Illinois) and Professor John O'Toole (University of Melbourne), The Routledge International Handbook of the Arts and Education. 

 

 

Completed Supervisions (since 2008)

Concepts of creativity operating within a UK art and design college (FE/HE) with reference to Confucian heritage cultures: perceptions of key stakeholders

Radical Romantic Pedagogy: an exploration of the tradition and viability of a synthesis of Romantic and radical visions of education, focusing on the teaching of English at secondary level in England

Understanding Creative Partnerships: An examination of policy and practice .

Enabling children and young people to flourish: The Capabilities Approach and its Aristotelian roots

Reasoning skills, problem solving ability and academic ability: implications for study programme and career choice in the context of higher education in Thailand.

Multimedia and individualised learning in GCSE English Literature

Living Together: investigating student interaction in a multi-nationality postgraduate community

An analysis of the Storyline method in primary school; its theoretical underpinnings and its impact on pupils’ intrinsic motivation.

The Rationale for Visual Arts Education in Singapore: Analysis of Policies and Opinions

An exploration into the uptake rates of GCSE music with a focus on the purposes of music in school.

Cross-cultural adjustement of native English teachers in Hong Kong: An investigative study

Japanese students’ EFL experience: the role of the student's voice.

The Investigation of Effectiveness and Practicality of English Language Teacher Education Programs in Taiwan: Retrospections and Introspections.

HONG KONG STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD: THE IMPACT OF CURRICULUM, STRUCTURE AND ETHOS: A CASE STUDY OF A RESIDENTIAL BRITISH BOARDING SCHOOL.

Improving Pupils’ Attitude to English Learning and Cultural Understanding through Email Exchange: an Action Research Project in a Secondary School in Taiwan.

Information for prospective doctoral research student supervisions

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

Research Interests

  • Drama in education
  • English teaching
  • Teacher training

Indicators of Esteem

  • External Examiner: External examiner for nineteen PhDs including in Canada and Australia, as well as at UK universities.
  • Keynote speaker: Keynote speaker at international conferences in Spain, Poland, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Hungary, Croatia, UK and elsewhere
  • Language Policy for Europe: Member of a small group writing a language policy for Europe at the Council of Europe.
  • Referee for Publishers: Referee for publishers Fulton, Sage, Routledge, Hodder and Stoughton, Palgrave McMillan, Bloomsbury, as well as ESRC and AHRB.

Publications

Authored book

  • Fleming, M. & Stevens, D. (2015). English Teaching in the Secondary School. Substantially revised fourth edition. London: Routledge.
  • Beacco, J. Fleming, M. , Goullier, F. Thürmann, E. & Vollmer, H (2015). The Language Dimension in All Subjects: A Handbook for Curriculum, Development and Teaching. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
  • Fleming, Mike. (2012). The Arts in Education: an introduction to aesthetics, theory and pedagogy. Routledge.
  • Fleming, M., Aase, L., Pieper, I. & Onstad, S. (2012). The Languages of Schooling. Strasbourg: Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
  • Fleming, Mike (2011). Starting Drama Teaching. Routledge.
  • Stevens, D. & Fleming, M. (2009). English Teaching in the Secondary School (3rd Ed).
  • Stevens, D. & Fleming, M. (2009). English teaching in the Secondary School: Linking Theory and Practice. London: Routledge.
  • Fleming, M. (2009). The use of descriptors in learning, teaching and assessment. Strasbourg: Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
  • Fleming, M.P. (2008). Arts Education and Creativity. London: Arts Council: Creative Partnerships.
  • Aase, L., Pieper, I., Samihaian, T. & Fleming, M.P. (2007). Text, literature and "Bildung" - comparative perspectives. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
  • Fleming, M.P. (2007). The Challenge of Assessment within Language of Education. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
  • Fleming, M.P. (2007). The Literary Canon: Implications for the Teaching of Language as Subject. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
  • M. Fleming & D. Stevens (2004). English Teaching in the Secondary School (Second Ed). David Fulton Publishers.
  • Fleming, M. (2001). Teaching Drama in Primary and Secondary Schools: An Integrated Approach. London: David Fulton.
  • 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.
  • M.P. Fleming (1997). The Art of Drama Teaching. David Fulton Publishers.
  • M. Fleming (1990). Discoveries (pupils' book). Folens.
  • M. Fleming (1990). Discoveries (teachers' book). Folens.
  • M. Fleming & T. Brown (1990). National Curriculum English Course for Key Stage 3.
  • M. Fleming (1990). Perceptions (pupils' book). Folens.
  • M. Fleming (1990). Perceptions (teachers' book). Folens.
  • M. Fleming (1989). Ways of Seeing (pupils' book). Folens.
  • M. Fleming (1989). Ways of Seeing (teachers' book). Folens.

Chapter in book

  • Fleming, M. & Feng, A. (2009). Assessing Intercultural Competence: The Sailsa Project. In Intercultural Competence and Foreign Language Learning. Hu, A. & Byram, M.S. Tubingen: Gunter Narr Verlag.
  • Fleming, M. (2009). Introduction: Education and Training: Becoming Interculturally Competent. In Becoming Interculturally Competent through Education and Training. Feng, A., Byram, M. & Fleming, M. Multilingual Matters.
  • Fleming, M. (2009). The Challenge of Competence. In Interkulturelle Kompetenz und fremdsprachliches Lernen. / Intercultural Competence and Foreign Language Learning. Hu, A. & Byram, M. Tubingen: Gunter Narr Verlag.
  • Fleming, M. (2009). The Challenge of Competence. In Intercultural Competence and Foreign Language Learning. Hu, A. & Byram, M.S. Tubingen: Gunter Narr Verlag.
  • Fleming, M. (2008). Perspectives on the use of competence statements in the teaching of English language. In English Language Teaching in the European Credit Transfer System: Facing the Challenge. Perez Canado, M.L. Frankfurt am Main: Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
  • Fleming, M.P. (2008). Teaching drama: lessons from its recent development in the UK. In Education and Theatre. Govas, N. Athens: Hellenic Theatre and Dram Network.
  • Fleming, M. (2007). The Literary Canon: reflections from a school curriculum perspective. In The Literary Canon: Approaches to Teaching Literature in Different Contexts. Samihaihan, T. Bucharest: Bucharest: University of Bucharest.
  • Fleming, M.P. (2007). The Use and Misuse of Competence Statements with Particular Reference to the Teaching of Literature. In Towards a common Euoproean framework of reference for language(s) of school education: proceedings of a conference. Waldemar Martyniuk Poland:
  • Fleming, M. (2006). The Concept of ‘Intercultural Citizenship’ Lessons from Fiction and Art. In Education for intercultural citizenship: concepts and comparisons. Alred, G. , Byram, M. & Fleming, M. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. 130-143.
  • M. Fleming (2003). Intercultural Experience and Drama. In Intercultural Experience and Education. G. Alred, M. Byram & M. Fleming Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Edited book

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Fleming, M. (2008). Introducing Death of a Salesman. Secondary English Magazine 11(4): 32-37.

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