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Dr Barry Dufour

Job: Visiting Professor of Education Studies

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8348

E: bdufour@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk/hls

 

Personal profile

Barry joined the Education Studies team at De Montfort University in 2003, after many years as a PGCE lecturer and Visiting Fellow at the School of Education University of Leicester and in the education department and School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University.

Apart from extensive university teaching and research at the three universities since 1970, he has also worked outside the university sector as a senior inspector with LEAs and with Ofsted, and as a consultant to inner city schools.

He is one of the UK’s leading authorities on the social curriculum in schools (history, social sciences, sociology, anthropology, cross-curricular areas and citizenship) and has written many books and articles on this wide field since the 1970s. His most recent book in the field appeared in 2006 – Developing Citizens: A Comprehensive Introduction to Effective Citizenship Education in the Secondary School edited by Tony Breslin and Barry Dufour (Hodder Murray). It is now available as a POD (print-on-demand) publication. Most of the UK’s leading authorities on different aspects of citizenship contributed chapters and one of the central concepts, that of the ‘citizen-rich school’, has been adopted by several universities as a key teaching concept. The book was favourably endorsed by Lord Adonis and by the late Sir Bernard Crick, author of the seminal report for New Labour that led to the introduction of citizenship into the school National Curriculum in 2000.

Since 2004, he has been serving on the education committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), with the director, professors of anthropology, and sixth form teachers, designing the UK’s first A Level GCE in Anthropology. It became available in schools in the autumn of 2010, through the AQA examinations board. The committee is now designing textbooks and teaching materials. His work with the Committee is therefore now having a significant impact on many schools in England and Wales.

Research interests/expertise

His long experience in teaching on postgraduate (PGCE and MA) and undergraduate education courses led him to compile, with Will Curtis, a textbook for these courses - Studying Education: An Introduction to the Key Disciplines in Education Studies edited by Barry Dufour and Will Curtis, published by Open University Press in 2011. It is being adopted in several UK universities and is now being translated into several other languages.

His other research interests include disruptive behaviour in schools. He taught a wide-ranging undergraduate and MA course on this area at Loughborough University during the 1990s and up to 2006 and he has been writing and researching a book on this broad subject. The book, entitled Disruptive Behaviour in Schools: A Critical Introduction will be published in 2015.

He is also conducting long-term research on outstanding schools and inspirational education projects around the world, partly triggered by his life-time visits (linked to his different education roles and posts) to over 500 schools, mainly in the UK, but also in the USA, Northern Ireland, west Africa, Germany, France, Japan and Finland. He was also a founder-member of a radical comprehensive school in Leicestershire in 1970. Some of this research is based on academic comparative education but it will also involve him in future visits to Brazil, the USA, The Gambia, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

Areas of teaching

In 2009, he began teaching three new courses that he had devised:

Historical and Contemporary Issues in Education, for first year undergraduates; Policy and Politics of Education, for second year undergraduates; and Current and Emergent Issues in Education, for the MA in Education Practice that was introduced in 2009. From 2010-2011, he also taught his new MA module on the Leadership and Management of Schools and Colleges.

Conference attendance

Over the years, he has spoken at conferences in many countries and in the summer of 2012 gave papers at two conferences: he gave a paper entitled, Anthropology Goes to School: 50 Years of Teaching About Other Cultures, read at the international conference, Anthropology in the World, at the British Museum, London, 8th - 10th June, 2012, to be published with all the conference papers by Berg. And at a national conference, he delivered a paper on, The Fall and Rise of the Basic Education Disciplines: A Critique of Teacher Education (‘Changing Futures’, the 8th Annual Conference of the British Educational Studies Association (BESA) held at the University of Hull from 28th - 29th June 2012, to be published in the BESA journal.

Current research students

He is an advisor and third supervisor to two Ph.D students; one from Spain researching the mechanics and politics of higher education league tables in various countries; and one from The Gambia researching the impact of the mobile phone and similar digital technologies on the expansion of literacy in several west African countries.

Professional esteem indicators

He is a founder member of the Association for the Teaching of the Social Sciences (ATSS) and holds several fellowships and vice presidencies with national education organisations and serves on their committees.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, was awarded the Keizai Koho Centre Fellowship for 1998 by the Keizai Koho Centre (The Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) and in 2006 was awarded the De Montfort University Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2010, he was designated Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Education. Also in 2010, he was awarded an Erasmus scholarship to visit schools in Finland and to lecture at Oulu University and at Arktikum, part of the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. In 2014, he was designated Visiting Professor of Education Studies.

Research Student Supervision

He is an advisor and third supervisor to two Ph.D students; one from Spain researching the mechanics and politics of higher education league tables in various countries; and one from The Gambia researching the impact of the mobile phone and similar digital technologies on the expansion of literacy in several west African countries.

Research and Publications

Books

  • The New Social Studies by Professor Denis Lawton and Barry Dufour (Heinemann, 1973; Second Edition, 1976)
  • The World of Pop and Rock by Barry Dufour (Macdonald, 1977, translated into five languages)
  • New Movements in the Social Sciences and Humanities edited by Barry Dufour (Maurice Temple Smith/Gower, 1982)
  • The New Social Curriculum: A Guide to Cross-Curricular Issues edited by Barry Dufour (Cambridge University Press, 1990)
  • Developing Citizens: A Comprehensive Introduction to Effective Citizenship Education in the Secondary School edited by Tony Breslin and Barry Dufour (Hodder Murray, 2006)
  • Studying Education: An Introduction to the Key Disciplines in Education Studies edited by Barry Dufour and Will Curtis (Open University Press, 2011)

In preparation

  • Disruptive Behaviour in Schools: A Critical Introduction by Barry Dufour, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2015
  • Outstanding Schools Around The World by Barry Dufour

Articles

  • Over 50 published articles, including one unpublished paper, The Development and Consolidation of New Areas of Knowledge and Practice in the School Curriculum and Education Profession (with special reference to the social curriculum in schools) by Barry Dufour. This is a 13,000 - word oeuvre paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by published works at the University of Hull. Now based in the University of Hull library.
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