John T Smith

Lecturer / Leader of the MA Collaborative Programme with CLEO in Ireland

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

John was a history teacher for 25 years before joining the University as a senior lecturer in education.

He has been Director of the CLEO collaborative partnership since 1997, and has acted as Programme Director of Secondary PGCE and Graduate Research Director for Education.

John's first research, at the University of Leeds, involved the Russian experience during the First World War, and he is currently working on two volumes on the Pickering soldiers of the First World War.

He has been researching the history of education for over 20 years, publishing 30 journal articles, four authored books and three part-authored volumes.


Research Interests

  • History of education

  • The First World War


Smith J T, Key Questions in Education, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Bloomsbury (2016)

Smith J T, ‘Methodism and Education’, in Gibson W, Ashgate Research Companion to World Methodism, Ashgate (2013)

Smith J T, A Victorian Class Conflict, Sussex Academic Press (2008)

Smith J T, Methodism and Education, 1849-1902, Clarendon (1998)

Smith J T, ‘Picturesque and dramatic or the dull recitals of threadbare fare: good practice in history teaching in elementary schools in England, 1872–1905', Journal of Educational Administration and History, 46.1, pp 97-113 (2014)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Dissertation supervision

Teaching awards and accolades

  • PGCE

  • HEA Fellowship

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Medieval and Modern History, University of Nottingham

  • MPhil Slavonic Studies, University of Leeds

  • MEd History of Education, University of Hull

  • PhD Methodism and Education, University of Hull