Biography

John ElliottProfessor John Elliott is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of East Anglia, UK and a founding member and former director of the internationally acclaimed Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE) at UEA. He also served as Dean of Education from 1992-95.

He is well-known internationally for his role in developing the theory and practice of action research in the contexts of curriculum and teacher development. He is a former President of the British Educational Research Association (1989–90), and more recently, President of the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS). For a decade Professor Elliott was pedagogical consultant to the OECD programme on ‘Environment and School Initiatives’ (1989–98). From 2001-2007 he was a member of the Norfolk Learning and Skills Council and was involved in reviewing 14-19 provision across the county, after which he became Higher Education representative on the Norfolk 14-19 Strategy Group. In addition, John was formerly an Advisory Professor to the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2001-2006), and consultant to the Hong Kong Government on the strategic development of its curriculum reforms. Formerly a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield, he is now a visiting professor in the school of Arts and Humanities at University Campus Suffolk (UCS).

Professor Elliott is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and in 2009 was elected by Eastern Region Fellows to the newly formed Fellowship Council. He was subsequently re-elected as an ‘At Large’ member of the Council until 2014. He initiated and convened until July 2014 the Norwich Area Fellows Education Forum in partnership with the Community University Engagement Office (formerly CUE EAST) and Future Community Radio. The Forum is currently undertaking an enquiry into the community factors that shape educational outcomes in Norwich, and has received support from the RSA Catalyst Fund.

John was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2002), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2003), and the University of Jonkoping (2014). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). Furthermore, Professor Elliott has been a regular participant over the years in the influential Cambridge Conference. This conference meets periodically to review the state of the art and to forge new directions. John co-convened the last conference, with Saville Kushner in July 2004, at St. Edmunds College, Cambridge.

John Elliott also has a long history of participation in school governing bodies, as either a local government, parent or community representative. Until recently he was a community governor of a national challenge school and represented it on the governing body of the Kett Sixth Form Consortium it contributed to. At the national level Professor Elliott plays an active role in influencing the policy community through his involvement with the New Vision Group, an educational think-tank that regularly addresses policy issues with Ministers and Civil Servants. He co-ordinated a submission from the NVG ‘curriculum aims’ sub-group to the House of Commons DCSF Selection Committee’s review of the National Curriculum. He chaired this sub group from 2014-2015.

Professor Elliott’s major work on ‘Action Research for Educational Change’ was published in 1991 by the Open University Press and subsequently reprinted many times. More recent publications include ‘Reflecting Where the Action Is: The selected works of John Elliott’ in the Routledge World Library of Educationalists (2007), in addition to co-editing (with Professor Nigel Norris) a book on the work of Lawrence Stenhouse, founder of CARE (‘The Stenhouse Legacy’, 2012). A more detailed list of his publications is available in the ‘research’ section.

Appointments and Consultancies

  • Pedagogical consultant OECD ‘School Initiatives and the Environment Network’ in 19 countries (1986-99).
  • Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) funded Seminar series ‘Capturing the essence of effective performance’ (October 1998).
  • Consultant to the Ministry of Education in Malaysia on the Professional Development Programme for English Language Trainers (October 1999).
  • Academic Advisor to the Home Office Modernisation Project Steering Group (2000-02).
  • Academic Advisor to the Home Office Probationer Training Programme Steering Committee (2000-02).
  • Appointed Local Council Member of Norfolk Learning & Skills Council for a 4-year period (initially 2000-04, extended to 2007).
  • Consultant to the Chief Executive of the Curriculum Development Institute, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Responsible for overseeing the strategic development of the reforms, particularly with respect to research and development projects (2000-06).
  • School Governor. Heartsease High School, Norwich, and Kett Sixth Form Centre Management Committee (2004-08).
  • Higher Education Authority, Republic of Ireland. Research Infrastructure Review (2006).
  • Member of Norfolk 14-19 Strategy Group (2006-10).
  • School Governor. Sewell Park College, Norwich (2008-2012).
  • Governor of Kett Sixth Form College, Norwich (2009-10).
  • Fellow for the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA).
  • Member of the Fellowship Council of the Royal Society of Arts (2009-2014).
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).
  • Appointed Advisory Professor of Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education for a 3-year period (2000-03). Term was extended to 2006.
  • Honorary Doctorate for Education, Hong Kong Institute of Education (2002).
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who (2002).
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Barcelona, Spain (2003).
  • Visiting Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K. (2003 – present).
  • Associate, Von Hügel Institute, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, U.K. (2004-08).
  • Honorary Professor, University of Sheffield, U.K. (2004 – present).
  • Biographical details included in Debrett’s ‘People of To-day’ (2005).
  • Elected President of the World Association for Lesson Studies (2009-10).
  • Honorary Co-Director of the Centre for Learning Study at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (9 July 2012-2014).
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Jonkoping, Sweden (2014).

Teaching Interests

Professor John Elliott currently supervises 5 Doctoral Students within the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. He also teaches a module on Lesson and Learning Study that is partly school-based within the part-time MA in Advanced Educational Practice.

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