Dr Denise Summers
Profiles

Dr Denise Summers

Associate Head of School (ITE)

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

Role

Associate Director (Initial Teacher Education)
Programme Lead PGCE/Cert Ed inc Diploma in Education and Training
Leading the FE Partnership for PGCE/Cert Ed
Quality assurance across partnership
Teaching on postgraduate and undergraduate programmes
Developing CPD work in FE PGCE/Cert Ed within the FE partnership
Undertaking and promoting research in FE

Qualifications

Professional Doctorate in Education - University of Exeter, 2006
Masters in Education - University of Birmingham, 2000
Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education & Training), 1989

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Institute of Learning
QTLS (Qualified Teacher in the Lifelong Learning Sector)

Roles on external bodies

Member of the South West Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SWCETT) Management Group

Teaching interests

Initial teacher education and CPD for the Further Education and Skills Sector
Education for Sustainable Development

Staff serving as external examiners

2011-present  External Examiner, PGCE/Cert Ed (inc Diploma in Education & Training), University of Huddersfield

Research interests

Initial teacher education
Education for sustainable development

Other research

Member of the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory
Member of ESD Research Network

Grants & contracts

2008-09 Centre for Sustainable Futures Research Fellowship - £5,500
2007-08 HELP CETL Teaching Fellowship - £10,000
2007-08 Centre for Sustainable Futures Research Fellowship - £3,750

Creative practice & artistic projects

Embedding ESD into the PGCE/Cert Ed (inc DTLLS) programme

http://www.edu.plymouth.ac.uk/esd/

2010 Project lead of the Plymouth University / Somerset College team who were Highly Commended in the EAUC Green Gown Awards in the 'Courses' category 

2009 Project lead of the Somerset College team who were shortlisted in the EAUC Green Gown Awards in the 'Research' category

Research groups

  • Professional Theory and Practice

  • Summers D. (2013) Education for Sustainable Development in Initial Teacher Education: From Compliance to Commitment - Sowing the Seeds of Change. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development.  7(2), 205-222.
  • Summers D. and Turner R. (2011) 'Outside the green box: embedding Education for Sustainable Development through co-operative inquiry.'  Educational Action Research Journal, 19:4, 453-468.
  • Cook R., Cutting R. and Summers D. (2010) 'If Sustainability Needs New Values, Whose Values?  Initial Teacher Training and the Transition to Sustainability.'  In P. Jones, D. Selby and S. Sterling (eds) (2010) Sustainability Education: Perspectives and Practice Across Higher Education.  London: Earthscan.
  • Summers D. (2010) ‘Embedding Education for Sustainable Development in Initial Teacher Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector.’  Teaching in Lifelong Learning, Vol 2 (1), 35-46.
  • Martin K., Summers D. and Sjerps-Jones H. (2007) 'Sustainability and teacher education.'  Journal of Further and Higher Education, 31(4), 351-362.
  • Summers D. (2006) Becoming a Teacher in the Post-compulsory Sector: Student Teachers' Perceptions of Influences on the Development of their Professional Identities.  University of Exeter: unpublished EdD thesis
  • Summers D. B. (2000) Can Initial Assessment promote Inclusion in FE Colleges? University of Birmingham: unpublished MEd thesis

Reports & invited lectures

  • Summers, D. (2015)  EmbeddingESD in ITE: from compliance to commitment – sowing the seeds of change.  Paperpresented at ECER Conference, Corvinus University, Budapest, 10.9.15.
  • Summers, D. (2015)  Embedding ESD in ITE: from compliance to commitment – sowing the seeds of change.  Paper presented at Education for Sustainability in HE: Achievements and Prospects Conference, Plymouth University, 8.1.15.
  • Summers, D. (2014) Embedding ESD in ITE: from compliance to commitment – sowing the seeds of change.  Paper presented at Copernicus Alliance Education for Sustainability Conference, Charles University, Prague, 3.10.14.
  • Summers, D. (2014) Embedding ESD in ITE: from compliance to commitment – sowing the seeds of change.  Poster Presentation at the 11th Vice Chancellor's Teaching and Learning Conference- Excellence in learning, teaching and the student experience, Plymouth University, 27.6.14.
  • Summers, D. (2014) Embedding ESD in ITE: from compliance to commitment – sowing the seeds of change.  Poster Presentation at the Third Annual ISSR Sustainability Research Conference, Plymouth University, 2.5.14.
  • Summers, D. (2014) Embedding ESD in ITE: from compliance to commitment – sowing the seeds of change.  Poster Presentation at the Pedrio Research Institute and Observatory Annual Conference, Plymouth University, 2.4.14.
  • Summers, D. (2013) Embedding ESD in ITE: from compliance to commitment - sowing the seeds of change.  Presentation at the Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning Network meeting at Plymouth University, 3.5.13.
  • Summers, D. (2011) Outside the green box - transforming our practice to embed ESD in Initial Teacher Education through the use of co-operative inquiry.  Workshop presented at the Discourse Power Resistance Conference at the University of Plymouth , 14.4.11.
  • Summers D., Wright J., Dowling D., Savory C. and Spain R. (2010) EAUC Case Study - ESD in Teacher Training at Somerset College/University of Plymouth. 
  • Summers D. (2010) Working together – supporting professional and curriculum development  through co-operative inquiry.  Workshop presented at the South West Learning & Skills Research Network Conference at Buckfast Abbey, Devon, 8.7.10.
  • Summers D and Wright J (2010) Integrating sustainability into teacher training.  Workshop presented at the SWitch/Peninsula Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training Dissemination Conference, Taunton, 29.4.10
  • Summers D. and Wright J. (2009) Integrating sustainability into teacher training.  Workshop presented at the Teacher Education Managers’ Forum of the SWitch CETT, Taunton, 17.11.09.
  • Summers D., Wright J., Dowling D., Savory C. and Spain R. (2010) ESD Resources. http://www.edu.plymouth.ac.uk/esd/  
  • Summers D., Wright J., Dowling D., Savory C. and Spain R. (2010) EAUC Case Study - ESD in Teacher Training at Somerset College/University of Plymouth. 
  • Learning and Skills Improvement Service (2009) ‘Sustainable Education for teachers at Somerset College’.  In Excellence Gateway - Ofsted Good Practice Guide.  http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=262693  
  • Summers D. (2009) Embedding Education for Sustainable Development in Initial Teacher Education through the use of co-operative inquiry.  Paper presented at the ‘All our Futures 2’ Conference at the University of Plymouth on 16.9.09.
  • Summers D. and Dowling D. (2009) Using co-operative inquiry to facilitate curriculum and professional development.  Workshop presented at the ‘Just Suppose’ national Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training Conference, Eden Project, 15.5.09.
  • Savory C. and Summers D. (2009) Developing the use of non-violent communication approaches to classroom management.  Workshop offered at the ‘Just Suppose’ national Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training Conference, Eden Project, 15.5.09.
  • Summers D. (2009) Integrating sustainability into teacher education in the Lifelong Learning Sector.  Presentation at the joint Learning & Skills Council/NIACE Seminar on Education for Sustainable Development at Learning South West, Taunton, 20.2.09
  • Summers D. (2008) Integrating sustainability into teacher education in the Lifelong Learning Sector.  Paper presented at the ‘All our Futures’ Conference at the University of Plymouth, 10.9.08
  • Summers D. (2008) Embedding ESD in the ITE curriculum for the Lifelong Learning Sector. Paper presented at the UK ESD/GC ITE Network Inaugural Conference, London, 10.7.08 http://www1.lsbu.ac.uk/ccci/docs/2008ITEESDGCConferenceProceedings%20.pdf  
  • Summers D. (2008) Embedding ESD in the ITE curriculum for the Lifelong Learning Sector. Presentation at the University of Plymouth Colleges Summer Conference on 8.7.08
  • Summers D. and Sjerps-Jones H. (2007) Using Co-operative Inquiry to encourage Education for Sustainable Development.  Workshop presented at the 'I'm too Busy to Save the World Now' Conference at Somerset College, 16.11.07
  • DfES/University of Plymouth (2007) ITT Pilot Resources, Peer Observation Model – UoP case study http://www.ittpilotresources.org.uk/observation/casestudies/obscaseplymouth3.htmlh

Other academic activities

Member of the Plymouth Institute of Education Research Ethics Committee
Ofsted Inspector training