Staff Profile

  • Joanne Barrow is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton (UON), where she specialises in supporting the wider education community, supporting and developing others through mentoring and coaching strategies, teacher education, online learning and English education, particularly reading, drama, taking English outdoors and children’s literature. Her role at UON involves teaching on postgraduate teacher education courses, including the Online MA Education, the PGCE Top Up and primary English for Initial Teacher Education.  

    Joanne’s research interests include educational leadership and influences of reading comprehension and reading for pleasure for primary age children, which is the focus of Joanne’s Educational Doctorate Thesis.

    Joanne is a member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) and the Northamptonshire Children’s Book Group, part of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, she is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Joanne acts as a reviewer for Routledge and for peer reviewed journals, including the International Journal for Early Years and English in Education.

    In 2021, Joanne was involved in an application for a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) from Advance HE for the work of a team of colleagues who have worked together for several years on the theme of Technology for Active Distance Learning (Tech4ADL). This award recognises collaborative work that has demonstrated impact on teaching and learning, and the team has been chosen to be nominated by the University.

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  • Module Lead:

    • EDUM124 Supporting and Developing Others

    Postgraduate teaching:

    • EDUM124 Supporting and Developing Others
    • EDUM116 School and Classroom Cultures
    • EDUM100 Research Methods
    • EDUM144 Curriculum and Pedagogy in Context
    • EDUM143 Practice Based Project

    Undergraduate teaching:

    • ITT1030 The developing Teacher of English
    • ITT1034 Developing Expertise as a Primary Teacher
    • ITT3061 Enhancing the Expert Primary Teacher
    • ITT4005 Principle Module – Research Project
    • PDT2020 English and Maths – Cross Curricular Approaches
  • Joanne is currently studying for her Educational Doctorate with the University of Reading. The title of her Thesis is: An investigation into the influences on the reading comprehension performance of Year 3 and Year 5 children in a disadvantaged geographic location within the UK.

    Joanne was involved in a successful Business Innovation Grant bid, working with Prof. John Horton and Dr Amanda O’Shea on research with the Northamptonshire Library Service regarding use of e-loans.

    Recent publications:

    Barrow, J. & O’Shea, A. (2019) A case study exploring the impact of valuing practices and emotional labour on the well-being of one senior leader. Polish Journal of Educational Studies. Vol. 2

    Underwood, J., Kowalczuk-Walędziakb, M. & Barrow, J. (2020) International qualitative research on teacher education: benefits, challenges, future directions. Culture and Education (in press)

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Joanne Barrow’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.