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Louise Hawxwell


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Personal profile


I have over 11 years experience of working in Initial Teacher Training focusing on primary education, teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, being responsible for a range of roles including module leader, link tutor, placement lead and year lead. My areas of expertise include science, sustainability education, and outdoor learning across the primary curriculum. I am committed to providing high quality experiences and support for all students at all stages of their training and future careers as primary school teachers.

Prior to working in ITT, I was a primary school teacher for 11 years working in Lancashire and Wigan, teaching across the primary age range. During this time, I had responsbility for Science and RE as subject lead/subject co-ordinator. Later in my teaching career, I trained as a Numbers Count Teacher, delivering the Numbers Count maths intervention programme to Year 1 children. 

Current Research Interests

My research interests include outdoor learning, relationships with the outdoors, teacher practices, and practitioner research, particularly the use of self-study to explore and reflect upon practice. My work is underpinned by relationality; specifically, posthuman and feminist materialist thinking. I make use of creative and playful methods, including practices of storytelling and different ways of attending to non-human and more-than human materialities.

Research Groups

Associate Member of CARN (Collaborative Action Research Network - https://www.carn.org.uk/ )

Co-convenor of Nature, Outdoor Learning, and Play Special Interest Group (BERA - https://www.bera.ac.uk/community/nature-outdoor-learning-and-play)

Narrative Research Network

#bagladies research and writing collective

PhEMaterialisms (https://phematerialisms.org/?page_id=22)

Education/Academic qualification

PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education

Award Date: 30 Jun 2014

Science Education, Master of Arts, Edge Hill University

30 Sept 201130 Jun 2014

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

Primary Education and Science (with QTS), Bachelor of Science, Edge Hill University

30 Sept 199630 Jun 2000

Award Date: 30 Jun 2000

External positions

Co-convenor for Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play Special Interest Group, British Educational Research Association (BERA)

1 Apr 2023 → …

Reviewer for Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning

Jan 2021 → …

External Examiner, University of Chichester, University of Chichester

1 Sept 201631 Jul 2020


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