Staff: Anne Watson

After teaching in comprehensive schools in challenging places I became an academic, studying and teaching mathematics education at the University of Oxford.  However, my broader concerns with all learners, especially those who came from disadvantaged backgrounds, kept leaking out round the edges of my work.

Staff: Anne Watson Woodbrooke Quaker Conference Centre

Although most of my academic work was about mathematics I also taught and supervised on generic education courses for PGCE and Masters level and also supervised and examined dissertations of broader interest, for example I have created a distance Masters course in Teacher Education. In retirement I have been able to shift my focus to Quaker values in education, co-editing Faith and Experience in Education: Essays from Quaker Perspectives. (2018, Trentham Books: London) with Don Rowe. I am a founder member of the group Quaker Values in Education.

Current research is all geared towards writing a book in the series: Palgrave Studies in Alternative Education. This series, according to the publishers, “emerges out of a recent global rise of interest in and actual educational practices done with voice, choice, freedoms and interpersonal thoughtfulness”.