Deborah’s career trajectory spans from the teaching of children to the teaching of adults but her philosophy of teaching & learning has remained the same. She is committed to a social constructivist approach where both children and adults are enabled to become independent in educational contexts, to become reflective on what and how they understand and where ultimately, they become empowered as learners. She has a keen interest in the teaching of literacy- specifically oracy and metacognition, exploring this in her books ‘Unlocking Speaking and Listening’ and ‘Metacognitive Approaches to Developing Oracy’. Additionally she has been Chief External Examiner at several universities with special reference to English.
Deborah has a wide experience of teaching, management and leadership both at course team level and across the School of Sport and Education. She has been programme leader for the BA (QTS), the BEd in Hong Kong and currently leads the Doctor of Education programme within the School of Education at Brunel. She has been Director of Teaching and Learning for the School and led the PGCE Primary Course through several successful Ofsted inspections.
Deborah has undertaken several roles within the institution through membership of the University Teaching and Learning Committee, Disciplinary Board and Senate. She was part of the University’s strategic plan Development Group and ran consultation workshops in relation to this. In addition she led a university wide working group auditing provision for CPD culminating in a new vision for its development. As Equality and Diversity Champion for the University she undertook a wide range of duties promoting equality within and beyond Brunel’s rich and diverse community.