Alison Fox

Alison Fox
The Open University (UK) · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

BSc; MSc; PGCE; MEd; PhD

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Introduction
My current research activity covers: 1. How ethical principles are enacted by researchers. We have created a MOOC with Future Learn, recruiting now, https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/ethical-research/1 2. The potential and actual role of social media in learning, both of professionals (teachers and healthcare professionals), and young people. 3. Support for school-based enquiry. We have launched an open access online journal, https://uolschoolpartnershipresearch.wordpress.com/ #4&BY
Additional affiliations
December 2016 - present
The Open University (UK)
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
October 2011 - November 2016
University of Leicester
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2007 - September 2011
University of Cambridge
Position
  • Research Associate

Publications

Publications (26)
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Doctoral research entails ethical as well as methodological learning in relation to project planning, fieldwork and reporting. Ethical considerations can be especially complex with respect to ethnographic research in an international context. This empirical study explores the application and development of an ethical framework which was used to gui...
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Providing theoretical grounding, case studies and practical solutions, Implementing Ethics in Educational Ethnography examines how researchers can overcome ethical dilemmas associated with and encountered during ethnographic research. From the initial stages of research design such as consideration from regulatory bodies, through research occurring...
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Originating in Japan, Lesson Study is a collaborative process characterized by teachers coming together to investigate an area of student learning through the joint planning, observation, and evaluation of a research lesson developed to address the chosen issue. This chapter outlines the potential of Lesson Study to transform teacher and student le...
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Presentation to the symposium ’Symposium on Ethics and Research in Educational Ethnography’ at ECER 2017
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Social media are a group of technologies such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn which offer people chances to interact with one another in new ways. Teachers, like other members of society, do not all use social media. Some avoid, some experiment with and others embrace social media enthusiastically. As a means of communication available to everyon...
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This paper documents the creation, implementation and analysis of a survey instrument designed to reveal patterns of use and attitudes towards the value of social media by UK teachers. The study was motivated to discover which teachers use social media professionally, how they use it (both personally and professionally) and attitudes to social medi...
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This paper focuses on how beginning teachers gain support during teacher training, applying concepts of social capital to understand how personal networks can give access to affective and cognitive support. It is based on qualitative case studies of three secondary school trainees during a full-time year-long programme in England. Relationships whi...
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This paper reports on the design of a pilot doctoral study into the online support of pre-service teachers. It highlights the significance of a consequential, rather than deontological, perspective in guiding the development of a study's design. The study initially aimed to explore pre-service teachers’ perceptions and use of social media on their...
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Purpose – This paper, taking a participatory perspective of learning, seeks to look at the interaction between individuals and their workplace, focusing on the perceptions of workplaces and self by beginning teachers in terms of support for their learning. Design/methodology/approach – The study presents an analysis of 37 interviews from 17 beginni...
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This paper illuminates the experiences of beginning teachers using a participatory perspective approach and drawing on some of these teachers’ perceptions. We place the ‘subject’ of workplace learning research centrally in understanding the relatedness between workplaces and novice employees/trainees. This paper builds on previous work by the autho...
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The idea of networks is ubiquitous. The images and metaphors of electronic networks in particular permeate our thinking, including that in education. Researching and Understanding Educational Networks extends the discussion of education networks in a unique and novel way by relating it to teacher learning. Following an investigation of teacher and...
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This study, drawing on the voice of beginning teachers, seeks to illuminate their experiences of building professional relationships as they become part of the teaching profession. A networking perspective was taken to expose and explore the use of others during the first three years of a teacher’s workplace experience. Three case studies, set with...
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Ethics is a complicated field and much has been written about its application to educational research. In this paper we introduce a way of planning for and dealing with situations that arise in the course of research that promotes detailed ethical analysis. We present a framework based on the work of Seedhouse and Flinders and describe a methodolog...
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Purpose – By trailing data collection and analytical methods this study aims to address the dearth of research into the use of attending off-site events for professional learning. Design/methodology/approach – Three events, for academics and school leaders, were studied. A range of methods was trailed during 2006-2007, with the aim of collecting re...
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This article charts the development of a networked learning community (NLC). NLCs were established by the National College for School Leadership in 2002 connecting groups of schools to further both pupil and teacher learning. This study examines one sub-network in a London borough, focused on developing Assessment for Learning practices. The co-lea...
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As part of the Learning How to Learn in Classrooms, Schools and Networks Project, a mapping tool and associated interviews were devised to capture practitioners’ views of the networks associated with their schools and local authorities (LAs). This article discusses the development and use of the mapping tool, including its trialing, and the first s...
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This book makes a major contribution to the creation of a professional knowledge base for teachers by building on previous work associated with ‘formative assessment’ or ‘assessment for learning’ which has a strong evidence base, and is now being promoted nationally and internationally. However, it adds an important new dimension by reporting the c...
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Learning how to learn is an essential preparation for lifelong learning. This book offers a set of in-service resources to help teachers develop new classroom practices informed by sound research. It builds on previous work associated with ‘formative assessment’ or ‘assessment for learning’. However, it adds an important new dimension by taking acc...
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A 'mapping task' was used to explore the networks available to head teachers, school coordinators and local authority staff. Beginning from an ego-centred perspective on networks, we illustrate a number of key analytic categories, including brokerage, formality, and strength and weakness of links with reference to a single UK primary school. We des...
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Landscape meanings raise questions about the relationships between people and place. The extent to which a given view can be associated with long-term residence in a particular locality is a matter of considerable curiosity for environmental education. In 1996 as part of the Land Use UK project (Robertson & Walford, 2000) young surveyors of the Bri...
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Networks provide ways of thinking about how teachers create and share knowledge about practice, at the core of experienced professionals’ learning. They have increasing importance as an element in public policy for improvement of education in schools, particularly in the UK. Using a variety of theories this paper presents concepts that provide insi...
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The CPD state of the nation study provides insights into current CPD practices and how effective they are in schools. The report also examines the status of CPD amongst teachers and school leaders.

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