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Pamela Munn

(Former employee or visitor)


Pamela Munn is an internationally renowned researcher of over 20 years standing. She has attracted substantial research funding of well over £2 million from a range of bodies, including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Government (and its predecessor bodies), local authorities, and charities, including the Leverhulme Trust and the Gordon Cook Foundation. She is a member of the editorial boards of seven academic journals and regularly reviews articles and grant applications. She chaired the groups managing the implementation of the Applied Educational Research Scheme, a £2 million scheme funded by SHEFC and SEED to enhance educational research capacity in Scotland. She was a member of the Steering Group of the ESRC's Teaching and Learning Research Programme. She was President of the British Educational Research Association 2007-09 and remained an officer of the Association as Past President until September 2010. She is a member of Academy of Social Sciences. She was awarded an OBE for services to education in Scotland in 2005.

She began as a secondary school teacher of history, teaching in comprehensive schools in London, before taking up a career in higher education. She worked in the universities of Stirling and York, and was Depute Director of the Scottish Council for Research in Education, before becoming Professor of Curriculum Research at the then Moray House Institute of Education in 1994. She was Dean/Head of School of The Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh, from 1 August 2002 to 31 July 2007.

She has been a member of a number of national committees which have aimed to influence policy developments in education. She chaired the committee on Education for Citizenship in Scotland and chaired the Advisory Group on the Implementation Programme. She was a member of the Discipline Task Group, of the Curriculum Review Group, and of the Second Stage Review of Initial Teacher Education. She was a member of the Reference Group for the Donaldson Review of teacher education in Scotland 2010-11. She has strong links to children's charities, having been Vice Convenor of Children in Scotland and a member of the Scottish Reference Group for Barnardo's. She is a lifetime member of NSPCC and chairs the Advisory Committee for the Child Protection Policy Research Centre, University of Edinburgh/NSPCC.

She continues to research and publish, particularly in the area of school discipline, and one recognition of the quality of her research was an invitation to be Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo, in 2000. She led a team researching teachers' perceptions of indiscipline and of the success or otherwise of aspects of the Discipline Task Group's recommendations set out in its report, Better Behaviour, Better Learning. She also acted as a consultant to the group advising the Scottish Education Minister on the collection of statistics on indiscipline. Her most recent work was leading research on Behaviour in Scottish Schools in 2009.

Professor Munn retired from the University on 31 December 2009 but continues to support the work of early career researchers via her status as a Professor Emeritus. She is Convener of the Appeal Board of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Current Research Interests

  • Behaviour in schools
  • Scottish Education policy
  • Curriculum policy with a special interest in education for citizenship.

Collaborative Activity

My most recent research was leading a team to research perceptions of behaviour in Scottish schools in 2009.

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