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Mrs Kim Insley
UCL Institute of Education,
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 020 7612 6374
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

I have been a primary classroom teacher, subject coordinator, PGCE course leader, consultant and adviser in primary education. Currently I lead on Innovation and Enterprise within my department - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (CPA) at UCL Institute of Education (IOE). I lead three programmes at IOE: the Advanced Educational Practice (AEP) programme which leads to MA or Graduate Diploma awards, and the international teacher education programmes, the iPGCE for cohorts of students only, and the PGCE: Teacher Development which is taught fully online through University of London, Worldwide provision https://london.ac.uk/courses/teacher-development.

I have travelled to many countries to support teacher education, including China, Germany, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and UAE.  Currently, international travel is suspended, but I look forward to continuing once we have overcome the challenges of the pandemic.

I have researched music education in primary schools, focusing on the practice of the non-specialist class teacher, and mathematics teaching and learning for those who struggle to understand. I've been involved in investigating the professional relationships between adults in the learning environment.  My current area of research involves exploring professional development pedagogies in international settings, in particular the value of the community of practice and student self-evaluation in early years online learning.

Research Summary

I have been involved in different research opportunities during my time at IOE, including the following:

  • Nurture Group Provision: two projects which grew out of consultancy work in two secondary special schools which had Nurture Groups in year 7.  Pupils, teachers and support staff informed work on applying nurture group principles to different settings.
  • Relationships between teachers and teaching assistants: this area of research developed during my early doctoral studies and resulted in conference papers and a chapter in a book on developing relationships to support learning.
  • Professional Development: I have led the Short Course Unit at IOE and worked both nationally and internationally in professional development activities investigating how change in practice can be achieved.  
  • Pedagogies and relationships in international teacher education: this area of research was started within my doctoral studies.  Initial data collection (November 2019) suggests that a number of factors inform the community of practice professional development, including cultural expectations and gender roles.
I am still interested in music and mathematics education (previous research areas) particularly for primary teachers.

Teaching Summary

Within the programmes I lead, Advanced Educational Practice (AEP) and the international education certificates, I teach across modules, especially using online pedagogies through our VLE Moodle.

Having been the Module Leader of The Action Researcher: exploring issues and contexts which explores the methodology of Action Research and its challenges for education practitioners, I am particularly interested in supporting the development of Action Research projects so that they are seen as valid and robust in the research processes carried out.  I have been the second supervisor to a doctoral student researching science education through using Action Research and who has now successfully argued his thesis (April 2019).

I teach on other online modules for AEP suite of programmes, the MA Education (Assessment) and the iPGCE and PGCE: Teacher Development, particularly Independent Study Module, Supporting Learners and LearningThe Action Researcher: exploring issues and contexts, Principles of Learning and TeachingDeveloping Subject/Phase Pedagogy, Assessment-Issues and Practices.

01-JUL-2018 – 31-JUL-2022 Lead: Innovation and Enterprise Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
Academic Background
    A Levels  
1991   Master of Philosophy London South Bank University
1986   Diploma Polytechnic of the South Bank
1978   Certificate in Education To be updated
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