Dr Fiona James

Lecturer in Education/ Chair of the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education Ethics Committee

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

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Fiona teaches on BA Education Studies, BA Early Childhood, and Masters and doctoral programmes, including PhD supervision. Her PhD used grounded theory to explore issues of self and identity for mature part-time learners. She has a particular interest in research methodologies and their philosophical assumptions used in education studies and across the social sciences.


Research Interests

  • The societal and cultural influences upon education and construction of self and identity

  • The methodological developments and critique of interpretive research methodologies

Research groups

  • Member of the 'Identity' research cluster within the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education.


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Learning across the Lifespan

  • Ethical and Philosophical Frameworks in Educational Research

  • Research Methods

  • Designing Educational Activities for Museums

  • Impact of the Image

  • Political, Cultural and Social Change in Post-War Britain

  • Learning and the Social and Cultural Context

  • Education and Equality

  • Equality and Diversity Principles and Practice

  • Psychological and Sociological Perspectives in Education

  • Learner Development

Research PhDs

Dr James welcomes applications involving issues surrounding learner identity; studies deploying interpretive and/or critical frameworks; and learning in non-formal context.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Exploration of the Notion of Excellence in Teaching

  • The Effects of 'Wash-Back' upon Assessment and Learning

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Education, University of Hull, 2013

  • PCAP, University of Hull, 2015