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Ms Catherine Mccrory
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Lecturer
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education
Having read history at Queen's, Belfast, I completed my PGCE at London's Institute of Education. I began my career as a teacher in an international school in New York City where I worked for five years teaching history and later leading as Director of Studies taught in English. From 2003, I spent eight years as head of history in a comprehensive school in Essex where I was an Advanced Skills Teacher. For four years I lead the history PGCE and later, the wider studies secondary PGCE module, when on secondment 2 days a week to Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford as Senior Lecturer in Education. In 2011, I left both ARU and my secondary school role as head of history and joined UCL Institute of Education full time as a lecturer in history education
Research Summary
I completed my doctorate in 2020 exploring how Inferentialism, a philosophical account of how words mean anything at all, developed by Robert Brandom (1994, 2000), can help re-vision existing modes of thinking about knowledge building in history. I argued that while there is a place for analytical divisions between substantive and disciplinary knowledge, this distinction can also be understood by history teachers in unhelpful ways that have the potential to impact teaching and pupil learning negatively. I used Inferentialism,  to explore how failing to distinguish what something is from features of our description of it breeds confusion. I show how an Inferentialist account of conceptual knowledge enables us to discuss confusions arising from analytical distinctions, to see why this discussion matters, and to explore alternatives including classroom practices that have the potential to contribute more positively to pupil learning. 

Teaching Summary

I have taught and co-lead on the History PGCE since joining the Institute of Education, and have worked on the Teach First and Masters' programmes teaching and supervising MA candidates. My research interests include teacher education, the nature of historical knowledge and knowledge formation.

https://mediacentral.ucl.ac.uk/Play/7366  ‘Subject Specificity and Mentoring in History Education’
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