Brenda Dunn

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Senior Lecturer - Programme Director of BA Childhood Practice

Bio

Biography

Brenda Dunn trained as a primary teacher in the early 70s, and taught in several schools in Scotland. She worked in an Educational Priority Area (EPA) school (1976-78), where the school became part of the community, there was a lower pupil-teacher ratio (1:22) making it possible to cater for each child's individual needs and where there was partnerships with the parents. She learned that every child has potential if there is a nurturing environment, which encourages children to develop a strong sense of self-worth and confidence in their abilities allowing them to set their own goals for learning. During her years as a primary teacher, she had the privilege of working with many children and families, and many excellent colleagues; she learned a great deal from them all.

In 1987, she commenced work as a lecturer in Further Education. She held a cross-college position for Communications/PSD; Academic Studies; Open Learning and Social and Health Studies before devoting herself to childcare. This eventually led to her becoming Programme Leader in Child Care at both Dundee College and Glenrothes College (now Adam Smith) and latterly shared the post of Head of Care. This experience has developed her pedagogy and given her insight into the key issues impacting upon childhood practice. Being a reflective practitioner and a lifelong learner, she likes to keep abreast of current thinking and new developments in education.

Now working as Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Social Work at Dundee, her responsibilities include Programme Director for BA Childhood Practice (2007 - 2018) and pre-service teaching with M.A. (hons) students, together with organising CPD for practitioners in child care. Her CPD work now focuses mainly on childhood practice and early years.

When not working she enjoys family life in Fife. She has an interest in sports and tries to make time for ice skating and dance. Presently, the emphasis is on finishing the house and gardening.

Research

Research Interests

  • Creativity
  • Global citizenship and sustainability in early years
  • Early-years methodology
  • Implementing Curriculum for Excellence
  • E-pedagogy for distance learning

Teaching

Teaching

  • Childhood Practice
  • Research methodology
  • TQ(FE)
  • Pre-service teaching

Administration

  • Programme Director for BA in Childhood Practice/BA Childhood Studies (2007 - 2018)
  • Member of College Board
  • Member of Distance Learning Forum
  • Member of research groups: Pedagogy; ePIC
  • Chair of Childhood Practice Providers Group
  • Member of Childhood Practice Development Group; Dundee Training Strategy Group; Early Years Framework; SERA Early Years Network: Children in Scotland

Publications

Students as E-Moderators – An Action Research Project
8/2017, Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Evidence of quality professional development : a study in childhood practice
5/2017, Professional Development in Education
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Global Citizenship in the Early Years
6/2013
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

The creation of autonomous learners through blogs
6/2013
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

Making the difference : quality matters
2/2013
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

The Contribution of BA Childhood Practice to Personal and Professional Development for Students and Positive Outcomes for Children and Families
11/2012
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

Creativity and Self Expression
9/2012
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

Education Big Conversations : Strategic discussions across School about how we contribute to the development of future professional landscapes
8/2011
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

Using Blogs in Online Distance Learning : The Loneliness of the Long Distance Learner
6/2010
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

“They become completely involved.” : What teachers say about the benefits of global citizenship in schools
/2010
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter

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Activities

Scottish Out of School Care Network Future Changes Conference

Brenda Dunn (Speaker)
26 Nov 2010

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

IDEAS for Global Citizenship

Brenda Dunn (Keynote/plenary speaker)
20 Oct 2010

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

International Development Education Association for Scotland Conference

Brenda Dunn (Keynote/plenary speaker)
Oct 2010

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

International Development Education Association for Scotland Conference

Brenda Dunn (Keynote/plenary speaker)
20 Aug 2009

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

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