Portrait of Professor James Avis Professor James Avis

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Biography

Qualifications: HNC, BSc(Hons), MA, PGCE, PhD, FHEA

James Avis left school at the age of 16 and, after working in retailing for a number of years, studied for a degree in Management Science at the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology. This was followed by an MA in Sociology and a PGCE(FE). He later taught Sociology in a College of Further Education during which time he studies for a PhD at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University. From FE he moved to Oxford Brookes University where he was course leader for Educational Studies. He then moved to the University of Wolverhampton where he was Professor of Education Studies. Currently he is Director of Research and Professor of Post-Compulsory Education and Training at the University of Huddersfield.

His research interests lie in post-compulsory education and life-long learning. He has written extensively on the policy contextualisation of further education, having addressed curriculum issues, methodological questions, teacher professionalism, as well as the lived experience of teachers and learners. He has a keen interest in the political economy of this sector and its policy contextualisation. Recent books include Issues in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, Education, Policy and Social Justice: Learning and Skills, Teaching in Lifelong Learning: a guide to theory and practice. Current writing addresses localism, governance and community in relation to education and the state. He is also exploring issues surrounding workplace learning and cognitive capitalism.

Research & Scholarship

Current Research Interests

  • Post-compulsory education – the re-engineering of education, the political economy of education, lived experience of learners and teachers, the re-visioning of professionalism.
  • Education, politics and questions of social justice.
  • Workplace learning, cognitive capitalism and emancipatory practice.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

Avis, J (2014) ‘“It’s all about work”: New Times, Post-Fordism and Vocational Pedagogy’. In: Vocational Education and Training: Policy, Pedagogy and Research, 21st March 2014, School of Education, Room 423b, University of Birmingham

Avis, J (2014) ‘Workplace learning, VET and vocational pedagogy: the transformation of practiceResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 19 (1), pp. 45-53. ISSN 1359-6748

Avis, J (2014) ‘Beyond NEET: precariousness, ideology and social justice - the 99%Power and Education , 6 (1), p. 61. ISSN 1757-7438

Avis, J (2014) ‘One Nation Labour and Vocational Education and Training Post 16 Educator , 74, pp. 3-5. ISSN 0459-2026

Avis, J., Canning, R., Fisher, R. and Simmons, R. (2014) ‘State intervention and vocational teacher education in Scotland and England 1999 - 2012’. In: Challenges to Teacher Education in Difficult Economic Times: International perspectives. : Routledge. pp. 127-141. ISBN 9780415661980

2013

Avis, J (2013) ‘Comfort Radicalism and NEET: A conservative praxis’. In: International Sociology of Education Conference, 19-20th November 2013, The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, 2 Butcher Row, London

Bathmaker, A. and Avis, J. (2013) ‘Inbound, outbound or peripheral: the impact of discourses of ‘organisational’ professionalism on becoming a teacher in English further educationDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education , 34 (5), pp. 731-748. ISSN 0159-6306

Avis, J (2013) ‘One nation labour and VET’. In: Post-compulsory and lifelong learning Special interest group forum, 3rd-5th Sept 2013, The University of Sussex

Avis, J (2013) ‘Post-fordist illusions - the knowledge economy and workplace learning?’. In: The Journal of Vocational Education and Training Tenth International Conference, 5th – 7th July 2013, Worcester College, Oxford

Avis, J (2013) ‘The politics of cognitive capitalism - beyond workplace learning’. In: 8th International Conference: Researching Work and Learning, June 2013, 19-21st June 2013, University of Stirling

Avis, J (2013) ‘Beyond NEET's : Precariousness, Ideology and Social Justice ’. In: Discourse, Power and Resistance Conference, 9-11th April 2013, University of Greenwich

Avis, J (2013) ‘Post-Fordist Illusions: knowledge-based economies and transformationPower and Education , 5 (1), pp. 16-27. ISSN 1757-7438

2012

Avis, J (2012) ‘Workplace Learning, VET and Vocational Pedagogy: the transformation of practice’. In: European conference on educational research, 18th - 20th September 2012, University of Cadiz

Avis, J (2012) ‘The knowledge economy, workplace learning and social production - post-fordist illusions?’. In: BERA Annual Conference 2012, 4th - 6th September 2012, University of Manchester

Avis, J (2012) ‘The knowledge economy, workplace learning and social production - post fordist illusions?’. In: European conference on educational research, 18th - 20th September 2012, University of Cadiz

Avis, J., Canning, R., Fisher, R., Morgan-Klein, B. and Simmons, R. (2012) ‘State intervention and teacher education for vocational educators in England and ScotlandEducational Research , 54 (2), pp. 187-197. ISSN 0013-1881

Avis, J (2012) ‘FE-HE localism, inequality and social justice’. In: Research in higher education and society FE-HE seminar day, 11th June 2012, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia

Avis, J (2012) ‘Professionalism, teacher training and radical practice’. In: IFL presidential conference, 16th May 2012, School of Education, University of Wolverhampton

Avis, J (2012) ‘Workplace learning, vocational pedagogy and the transformation of practice’. In: LSRN regional conference, 3rd May 2012, University of Huddersfield

Avis, J (2012) ‘Post-fordist illusions - one more time’. In: Historical materialism conference, 11-13th May 2012, York University Toronto

Avis, J (2012) ‘Workplace learning, knowledge, practice and transformation’. In: Seminar, 12th April 2012, School of Education, University of Alberta

Avis, J (2012) ‘Post-fordist illusions : knowledge based economies and transformation’. In: Discourse, power and resistance conference , 2-4th April 2012, University of Plymouth

Avis, J (2012) ‘Policy, mediation and practice in further education’. In: OISE 2012, 19th April 2012, University of Toronto

Avis, J (2012) ‘Global reconstructions of vocational education and trainingGlobalisation, Societies and Education , 10 (1), pp. 1-11. ISSN 1476-7724

Avis, J., Morgan-Klein, B., Canning, R., Simmons, R. and Fisher, R. (2012) ‘Teacher education for vocational education and training: a comparative study of the Scottish and English systems set within a European contextScottish Educational Review , 44 (2), pp. 14-23. ISSN 0141-9072

Avis, J (2012) ‘The ambiguities of learning in the knowledge economy: transformation, innovation and capitalJournal of vocational education and training , 64 (1), pp. 119-125. ISSN 1363-6820

2011

Avis, J (2011) ‘Policy mediation and practice in further education’. In: 7th International Conference on Researching, Work and Learning, 4-7th December 2011, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Avis, J., Fisher, R., Simmons, R., Canning, R. and Morgan-Klein, B. (2011) ‘Developing Teacher Educators for the Lifelong Learning Sector: crossing borders Teaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 3 (2), pp. 60-62. ISSN 2040-0993

Avis, J (2011) ‘More of the same? New Labour, the Coalition and education: markets, localism and social justiceEducational Review , 63 (4), pp. 421-438. ISSN 0013-1911

Avis, J., Wright, C., Fisher, P., Swindells, S. and Locke, A. (2011) ‘Learners, Care Work and Wellbeing: VET Trainee Teachers’. In: ECER 2011 Urban Education, 12-16th September 2011, Freie Universit Berlin, Germany

Avis, J (2011) ‘FE trainee teachers : learners, care work and well being’. In: BERA Annual Conference 2011, 6th – 8th September 2011, Institute of Education, London

Bathmaker, A. and Avis, J. (2011) ‘Inbound, outbound or peripheral : the implications of different career trajectories for vocational education practice’. In: ECER 2011 Urban Education, 12-16th September 2011, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2011) ‘Inbound, outbound or peripheral : the implications of different career trajectories for vocational education practice’. In: BERA Annual Conference 2011, 6th – 8th September 2011, Institute of Education, London

Avis, J (2011) ‘Am I doing enough to help them?? Learners, Care Work and Wellbeing: Further Education Trainee Teachers’. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training 9th International Conference, 8th-10th July 2011, Worcester College Oxford

Avis, J (2011) ‘Workplace learning, knowledge, practice and transformation’. In: LaWRL seminar series, 25th May 2011, School of Education University of Southampton

Avis, J (2011) ‘Markets, Localism and Social Justice, More of the Same - Labour, the Coalition and Education Policy ’. In: The Discourse, Power, Resistance conference, 13th-15th April 2011, University of Plymouth

Avis, J (2011) ‘More of the same : The British Coalition Government and Education Policy’. In: Centre for Applied Educational Research, School of Education and Social Science Conference, 7th April 2011, University of Central Lancashire

Avis, J., Canning, R., Fisher, R., Morgan-Klein, B. and Simmons, R. (2011) ‘Vocational education teacher training in Scotland and England: policy and practiceJournal of vocational education and training , 63 (2), pp. 115-127. ISSN 1363-6820

Avis, J (2011) ‘New Labour, the Coalition and Education: markets, localism and social justice’. In: school of education seminar, 23/03/2011, University of Stirling

Avis, J (2011) ‘Class and Individualisation within post compulsory education and training’. In: Redefining social justice: New Labour, rhetoric and reality. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. . ISBN 9780719082207

Avis, J., Wright, C., Fisher, P., Swindells, S. and Locke, A. (2011) ‘'Am I doing enough to help them?' Learners, care work and well-being: Further Education trainee teachersResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 16 (1), pp. 47-58. ISSN 1359-6748

Avis, J (2011) ‘A View from the Periphery: New Labour, the Coalition and Education Policy’. In: Higher Education in the Global Dimension, 10th-11th February 2011, Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg

Sheard, M. and Avis, J. (2011) ‘Schools, Governance and Community: A Next Practice InterventionEducational Management Administration & Leadership , 39 (1), pp. 84-104. ISSN 1741-1432

Avis, J (2011) ‘More of the Same, New Labour, the Coalition and Education Policy: markets, localism and social justice’. In: School of Public Policy and Professional Practice Conference, 28 Jan 2011, Keele University

2010

Avis, J (2010) ‘Workplace learning, knowledge, practice and transformationJournal for Critical Education Policy Studies , 8 (2), pp. 166-193. ISSN 1740-2743

Avis, J (2010) ‘The British Coalition government and Education Policy’. In: school of education seminar, 15th December 2010, University of Chester

Avis, J (2010) ‘"Am I doing enough to help them?" Learners, care work and wellbeing : further education trainee teachers’. In: School of Education Research Seminar, November 24th 2010, Cardiff

Wright, C., Avis, J., Fisher, P., Gifford, C., Locke, A. and Swindells, S. (2010) ‘Health, wellbeing and active citizenship’. In: British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, 1st - 3rd September 2010, Durham, UK

Avis, J., Canning, R., Fisher, R., Morgan-Klein, B. and Simmons, R. (2010) ‘FE teacher training in Scotland and England, continuities and contradictions - a policy analysis’. In: BERA conference, September 2010, The University of Warwick

Avis, J., Canning, R., Simmons, R., Morgan-Klein, B. and Fisher, R. (2010) ‘Vocational education teacher training in Scotland and England: policy and practice’. In: European conference on educational research, 25-27 August 2010, Helsinki

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2010) ‘Current constructions of being a teacher/trainer in the English Learning and Skills sector?’. In: European conference on educational research, 25-27 August 2010, Helsinki

Avis, J (2010) ‘Education, Governance and the 'New' Professionalism: radical possibilities?Power and Education , 2 (2), pp. 197-208. ISSN 1757-7438

Avis, J (2010) ‘Myths of Our TimeVox, The Student Journal of Politics, Economics and Philosophy (XI), pp. 20-23.

Avis, J., Orr, K. and Tummons, J. (2010) ‘Theorizing the work-based learning of teachers’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning. Milton Keynes: McGraw Hill. pp. 48-57. ISBN 9780335234684

Avis, J., Dalton, J., Dixon, L., Jennings, A., Orr, K. and Tummons, J. (2010) ‘Getting to know the organization’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning. : McGraw-Hill. pp. 215-219. ISBN 9780335234684

Avis, J. and Orr, K. (2010) ‘Theory and practice’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning. : McGraw Hill. pp. 28-40. ISBN 9780335234684

Avis, J., Fisher, R. and Ollin, R. (2010) ‘Professionalism’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning. : McGraw Hill. pp. 40-48. ISBN 9780335234684

2009

Avis, J (2009) ‘Twentieth Century Further Education in England: the New Localism, Systems Theory and Governance’. In: Annual European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 28th – 30th September 2009, University of Vienna, Austria

Avis, J (2009) ‘Further education in England : the new localism, systems theory and governance’. In: British educational research association annual conference, 2-5 September 2009, Manchester University

Avis, J (2009) ‘Further Education in England: the New Localism, Systems Theory and GovernanceJournal of Education Policy , 24 (5), pp. 633-648. ISSN 0268-0939

Avis, J (2009) ‘Further education: policy hysteria, competitiveness and performativity British Journal of Sociology of Education , 30 (5), pp. 653-662. ISSN 0142-5692

Avis, J (2009) ‘Moving Into Practice: Transitions from Further Education Trainee Teacher to Lecturer’. In: TAERN (Transitions in Adult Education Research Network) Summer Seminars, 18th June 2009, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2009) ‘Moving into practice: transitions from further education trainee teacher to lecturerResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 14 (2), pp. 203-217. ISSN 1359-6748

Avis, J (2009) Education, policy and social justice: learning and skills (2nd edition) . Continuum Studies in Lifelong Learning. London: Continuum . ISBN 9781441166425

Avis, J (2009) ‘Work-based learning: an English experience’. In: International handbook of education for the changing world of work. Netherlands: Springer. . ISBN 9781402052811

Avis, J (2009) ‘Transformation or transformism: Engestrom's version of activity theory?Educational Review , 61 (2), pp. 151-165. ISSN 0013-1911

Avis, J (2009) ‘Further Education in England: the New Localism, Systems Theory and Governance ’. In: 8th Conference of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Series: DPR8: Power and the Academy, 6th - 8th April 2009, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Avis, J (2009) ‘Class, economism, Individualisation and Post Compulsory Education and Training ’. In: Social Change, Justice and Equality Cluster Education Research Seminar, 23 April 2009, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK

Avis, J., Fisher, R. and Simmons, R. (2009) Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives . Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield . ISBN 9781862180860

Avis, J (2009) ‘Work-based learning: knowledge, practice and transformation ’. In: Lifelong Learning Institute Seminar: Putting Worker Perspectives back into Workplace Learning, 18th February 2009, University of Leeds

Avis, J. and Fisher, R. (2009) ‘Reflections on Communities of Practice, On-line Learning and Transformation: teachers, lecturers and trainers ’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 15-27. ISBN 9781862180680

Avis, J (2009) ‘White Ethnicity White Racism: teacher and student perceptions of FE ’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 179-190. ISBN 9781862180680

Avis, J (2009) ‘Re-thinking trust in a performative culture: the case of education ’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 237-262. ISBN 9781862180680

Avis, J (2009) ‘Introduction: Professionalism, Values and Diversity ’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 175-178. ISBN 9781862180680

Avis, J (2009) ‘Whither Further Education: economism, instrumentalism and class ’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 371-378. ISBN 9781862180680

Avis, J (2009) ‘Shifting Identity - New Conditions and the Transformation of Practice: teaching within post-compulsory education ’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 191-212. ISBN 9781862180680

Avis, J (2009) ‘Post-Compulsory Education and Training: transformism and the struggle for change ’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 137-156. ISBN 9781862180680

2008

Avis, J (2008) ‘Class, economism, individualisation and Post Compulsory Education and Training Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies , 6 (2). ISSN 1740-2743

Avis, J (2008) ‘Into practice: transitions from FE trainee to lecturer’. In: British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual conference 2008, 3rd - 6th September 2008, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2008) ‘Moving into practice: transitions from trainee to further education lecturer in English tertiary education’. In: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2008 From Teaching to Learning?, 10 - 12 September 2008, University of Gothenburg

Avis, J (2008) ‘Beyond cultures of resistance: the return to class, economism, individualisation and Post Compulsory Education and Training ’. In: 7th Conference of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Series, 18– 20 March 2008, Manchester Metropolitan University

Avis, J (2008) ‘Book review: Entrepreneurship education edited by P.G. Greene and M.P. RiceJournal of education policy , 23 (2), pp. 194-195. ISSN 0268-0939

Avis, J (2008) ‘Whither FE? Economism, instrumentalism and class Post 16 Educator (43), pp. 20-22. ISSN 0459-2026

2007

Avis, J (2007) ‘The strange fate of progressive education’. In: CCCS selected working papers. : Routledge. pp. 1050-1070. ISBN 9780415324410

Avis, J (2007) ‘Re-turn to class, economism, individualisation and post-compulsory education and training ’. In: Lifelong Learning Institute Seminar: Lifelong learning, post-compulsory education and training and New Labour: a critique, 19th September 2007, University of Leeds

Avis, J (2007) ‘Post-compulsory education and training: transformism and the struggle for change International Studies in Sociology of Education , 17 (3), pp. 195-209. ISSN 0962-0214

Bathmaker, A. and Avis, J. (2007) ‘'How do I cope with that?' The challenge of 'schooling' cultures in further education for trainee FE lecturersBritish Educational Research Journal , 33 (4), pp. 509-532. ISSN 0141-1926

Avis, J (2007) ‘Engeström’s version of activity theory: a conservative praxis?Journal of education and work , 20 (3), pp. 161-177. ISSN 1363-9080

Avis, J (2007) Education, policy and social justice: learning and skills . Continuum studies in lifelong learning. London: Continuum . ISBN 9780826486936

Avis, J (2007) ‘Activity theory - talking truth to power?’. In: 6th Conference of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Series, 25– 27 March 2007, Manchester Metropolitan University

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2007) ‘A ‘career’ in the Cinderella service: an exploration of lecturing careers in English further education ’. In: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2007, 5 - 8 September 2007, Institute of Education, University of London

2006

Avis, J (2006) ‘From reproduction to learning cultures: post-compulsory education in England British Journal of Sociology of Education , 27 (3), pp. 341-354. ISSN 0142-5692

Avis, J. and Fisher, R. (2006) ‘Reflections on communities of practice, on-line learning and transformation: teachers, lecturers and trainers Research in Post-Compulsory Education , 11 (2), pp. 141-151. ISSN 1359-6748

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2006) ‘From trainee to FE lecturer: trials and tribulations Journal of vocational education and training , 58 (2), pp. 171-189. ISSN 1363-6820

Avis, J (2006) ‘Improvement through research: policy science or policy scholarship Research in Post Compulsory Education , 11 (1), pp. 107-114. ISSN 1359-6748

Avis, J (2006) ‘Post compulsory education - the evacuation of politics: research as subversion? ’. In: 5th Discourse Power Resistance Conference Series, 20 – 22 April 2006, Manchester Metropolitan University

Avis, J (2006) ‘Deeply frustrating? Highly sustaining?: professional identity formation in English further education’. In: Discourse, Resistance and Identity Formation. Stoke on Trent: Trentham. pp. 111-126. ISBN 9781858563862

2005

Avis, J (2005) ‘Discursive shifts: the Labour party, economic relations and social justice British Journal of Sociology of Education , 26 (4), pp. 547-553. ISSN 0142-5692

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2005) ‘Deeply frustrating? Highly sustaining?’. In: Discourse power resistance conference, March 2005, University of Plymouth

Bathmaker, A. and Avis, J. (2005) ‘Becoming a lecturer in further education in England: the construction of professional identity and the role of communities of practiceJournal of Education for Teaching , 31 (1), pp. 47-62. ISSN 0260-7476

Bathmaker, A. and Avis, J. (2005) ‘Is that 'tingling feeling' enough? Constructions of teaching and learning in further education Educational Review , 57 (1), pp. 3-20. ISSN 0013-1911

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2005) ‘From trainee to FE lecturer: trials and tribulations’. In: British Educational Research Association annual conference 2005, 17th September 2005, University of Glamorgan

Avis, J (2005) ‘Beyond performativity: reflections on activist professionalism and the labour process Journal of Education Policy , 20 (2), pp. 209-222. ISSN 0268-0939

2004

Avis, J (2004) ‘"How do I cope with that?" The development of schooling identities amongst trainee FE lecturers’. In: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 16-18 September 2004, University of Manchester

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2004) ‘Critical pedagogy, performativity and a politics of hope: trainee further education lecturer practiceResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 9 (2), pp. 301-316. ISSN 1359-6748

Avis, J (2004) ‘Re-thinking trust in a performative culture: the case of post compulsory education’. In: The disciplining of education: new languages of power and resistance. : Trentham Books. pp. 69-87. ISBN 9781858563374

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2004) ‘Critical Pedagogy, performativity and a politics of hope: trainee FE lecturer practice’. In: Discourse power resistance conference, April 2004, University of Plymouth

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2004) ‘The politics of care: emotional labour and trainee further education lecturers[1]Journal of Vocational Education & Training , 56 (1), pp. 5-20. ISSN 1363-6820

Avis, J (2004) ‘Work-based learning and social justice: 'learning to labour' and the new vocationalism in EnglandJournal of Education and Work , 17 (2), pp. 197-217. ISSN 1363-9080

Avis, J. and Bathmaker, A. (2004) ‘Coping and caring: the development of professional identity amongst FE trainee lecturers’. In: Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association 2004, September 2004, UMIST, Manchester

2003

Avis, J (2003) ‘Work based knowledge, evidence informed practice and education British Journal of Educational Studies , 51 (4), pp. 369-390. ISSN 0007-1005

Avis, J (2003) ‘The politics of care - emotional labour and trainee FE lecturers ’. In: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference , 11-13 September 2003 , Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Avis, J (2003) ‘Re-thinking trust in a performative culture: the case of educationJournal of Education Policy , 18 (3), pp. 315-332. ISSN 0268-0939

Avis, J (2003) ‘Re-thinking Trust in a Performative Culture: the Case of Post Compulsory Education.’. In: Discourse power resistance conference, April 2003, University of Plymouth

Avis, J (2003) ‘Post compulsory education: issues for 16 - 18 year olds’. In: Education studies: essential issues. : Routledge. pp. 142-167. ISBN 9780761940500

Avis, J (2003) ‘Conundrums of our own making: critical pedagogy and trainee further education teachersTeacher Development , 7 (2), pp. 191-209. ISSN 1366-4530

Avis, J (2003) ‘Crossing the boundaries: expectations and experience of newcomers to higher and further educationResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 8 (2), pp. 179-196. ISSN 1359-6748

2002

Avis, J (2002) ‘Developing staff in further education: discourse, learners and practiceResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 7 (3), pp. 339-352. ISSN 1359-6748

Avis, J (2002) ‘Work-based learning and social justice: learning to labour? ’. In: British educational research association conference, 12-14th September 2002, University of Exeter

Avis, J (2002) ‘Conundrums of our own making: Critical Pedagogy and trainee further education teachers ’. In: Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association, 12-14 September 2002 , University of Exeter

Avis, J., Bathmaker, A. and Parsons, J. (2002) ‘"I think a lot of staff are dinosaurs": further education trainee teachers' understandings of pedagogic relations Journal of Education and Work , 15 (2), pp. 181-200. ISSN 1363-9080

Avis, J (2002) ‘Imaginary Friends: managerialism, globalisation and post-compulsory education and training in EnglandDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education , 23 (1), pp. 75-90. ISSN 0159-6306

Avis, J (2002) ‘Really useful knowledge? Evidence-informed practice, research for the real world Post 16 Educator (8), pp. 22-24. ISSN 0459-2026

Avis, J., Bathmaker, A. and Parsons, J. (2002) ‘Communities of practice and the construction of learners in post-compulsory education and trainingJournal of vocational education and training , 54 (1), pp. 27-50. ISSN 1363-6820

Avis, J (2002) ‘Social Capital, Collective Intelligence and Expansive Learning: Thinking through the Connections. Education and the EconomyBritish Journal of Educational Studies , 50 (3), pp. 308-326. ISSN 00071005

2001

Avis, J., Bathmaker, A. and Parsons, J. (2001) ‘Construction of learners in post-compulsory education and training - fragmentation and contradiction’. In: British educational research association annual conference, September 2001, University of Leeds

Avis, J., Brine, J., Deem, R. and Rikowski, G. (2001) ‘Review symposiumBritish Journal of Sociology of Education , 22 (3), pp. 423-433. ISSN 0142-5692

Avis, J., Bathmaker, A. and Parsons, J. (2001) ‘"Now we look through the glass darkly" : a comparative study of the perceptions of those working in further education with trainee teachers’. In: The journal of vocational education and training 4th international conference, July 2001, University of Wolverhampton , p. 34

Avis, J (2001) ‘Educational research, the teacher researcher and social justiceEducation and Social Justice , 3 (3), pp. 34-42. ISSN 1464-2689

Avis, J., Bathmaker, A. and Parsons, J. (2001) ‘Reflecting on method: the use of a time-log diary to examine the labour process of further education lecturersResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 6 (1), pp. 5-18. ISSN 1359-6748

Avis, J., Bathmaker, A. and Parsons, J. (2001) ‘Reflections from a time log diary: towards an analysis of the labour process within further educationJournal of vocational education and training , 53 (1), pp. 61-80. ISSN 1363-6820

2000

Avis, J (2000) ‘The forces of Conservatism: New Labour, the third way, reflexive modernisation and social justice Education and social justice , 2 (3), pp. 31-38. ISSN 1464 2869

1999

Avis, J (1999) ‘Shifting identity: new conditions and the transformation of practice – teaching within post-compulsory educationJournal of vocational education and training , 51 (2), pp. 245-264. ISSN 1363-6820

1996

Avis, J (1996) ‘The enemy within : quality and managerialism in education’. In: Knowledge and nationhood: education, politics, and work . : Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 105-120. ISBN 9780304335817

Avis, J (1996) ‘Progressive practice, markets and managerialismGeneral Educator , 39, p. 13. ISSN 0459-2026

1993

Avis, J (1993) ‘Post-Fordist idylls: whither education? General Educator (20), pp. 4-6.

1991

Avis, J (1991) ‘Teaching and learning General Educator (12), pp. 13-14. ISSN 0459-2026

1990

Avis, J (1990) ‘Some reflections on the Core Curriculum Liberal Education (67), p. 20.

1988

Avis, J (1988) ‘White Ethnicity White Racism: Teacher and Student Perceptions of FEJournal of Moral Education , 17 (1), pp. 52-60. ISSN 0305-7240

1985

Avis, J (1985) ‘The ambiguities of conformism - academic students in FESociological Review , 33 (4), pp. 708-740. ISSN 0038-0261

1984

Avis, J (1984) ‘Strategies of Survival: pre-vocational students in FEBritish Journal of Sociology of Education , 5 (2), pp. 129-151. ISSN 0142-5692

1983

Avis, J (1983) ‘ABC and the New Vocational Consensus Journal of further and higher education , 7 (1), pp. 23-33. ISSN 1469-9486

1981

Avis, J (1981) ‘Social and Technical Relations: the case of further educationBritish Journal of Sociology of Education , 2 (2), pp. 145-161. ISSN 0142-5692

Esteem

Memberships

International peer reviewed journals:

  • Member, Journal of Vocational Education and Training Editorial Management Committee and Board
  • Member, International Studies in the Sociology of Education Editorial Board
  • Member, Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies Editorial Board
  • Member, Journal of Education Policy Editorial Board

Referee Journals:

  • Asia Pacific Educational Review
  • British Educational Research Journal
  • British Journal of Educational Studies
  • Educational Management Administration and Leadership
  • European Journal of Psychology of Education
  • Globalisation, Societies and Education
  • International Journal of Research and method in education
  • Irish Educational Studies
  • Journal of Education and Work
  • Oxford Review of Education
  • Power and Education
  • Research in post-compulsory education
  • Teaching and Teacher Education
  • Teaching geography in higher education
  • Vocations and Learning

Referee Research Bids

  • ESRC

Referee professorial/reader applications

Professorship

  • Institute of Education
  • University College Chester (x2)

Readership

  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of the East of London
  • Institute of Education
  • University of Exeter

External Examiner (Current appointments)

  • EdD,  Keele University 2010 - present
  • EdD, Sheffield University 2010 - present

External Examiner (Doctoral Theses)

  • PhD - MMU, Birmingham, Newcastle, Nottingham Trent, Leicester.
  • EdD – Lancaster, Greenwich, Bath, Open University, Sheffield, Exeter, Sheffield Hallam, Stirling, Nottingham

Invited Keynote Lectures/Presentations

(2008) Engeström’s version of activity theory - a conservative praxis? Paper presented to socio-cultural interest group, school of education, university of Manchester, 24 April, 2008

(2009) Post Compulsory Education and Training: Transformism and the Struggle for Change, paper presented school of education, Brmingham City University, 27 January, 2009.

(2009) Response to Engeström ‘The future of activity theory; a rough draft’, ESRC seminar series: developing a ‘how things work’ research agenda in education, university of Manchester 3 Feb 2009.

(2009) Work-based learning, knowledge, practice and transformation, paper presented, Institute of lifelong learning, the University of Leeds, 18 Feb 2009.

(2009) Class, Economism and Individualisation in PCET paper presented to Social Change, Justice and Equality Cluster, Nottingham Trent university 23rd April 2009.

(2009) Response to Wake ‘What is the value of mathematics in an institutional culture of performance management?’, ESRC seminar series: developing a ‘how things work’ research agenda in education, university of Huddersfield 14 May 2009.

(2009) Work-based learning, knowledge, practice and transformation, paper presented, to Critical Policy group, School of education the University of Wolverhampton, 1 June 2009.

(2009) Moving Into Practice: Transitions from Further Education Trainee Teacher to Lecturer, research and teaching in the post compulsory sectorsummer seminars, Faculty of Education, University of Plymouth, 18 June, 2009.

(2009) Workplace learning and social justice: leftist illusions? Paper presented to the Institute of educational research, Manchester Metropolitan university, School of Education, 2 Nov 2009.

(2010) Workplace learning and social justice: leftist illusions? Paper presented to CASS school of education, university of East London, 24 March 2010.

(2010) Further education in England: the new localism, systems theory and governance Paper presented to ‘Crossing borders’ in initial vocational teacher education: a joint seminar by Stirling Institute of Education and Centre for Research in Post Compulsory Education, at the University of Stirling 29-30 April, 2010.

(2010) Education, Skill and Social Justice: Mythic Tales, Public lecture presented at University centre Barnsley, 26 May 2010.

(2010) “Am I doing enough to help them?” Learners, Care Work and Wellbeing: Further Education Trainee Teachers, paper presented, School of Education, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Nov 24.

(2010) More of the Same: The British Coalition government and Education Policy, paper presented, School of Education, the University of Chester, 15 Dec 2010.

(2011) More of the Same, New Labour, the Coalition and Education Policy: markets, localism and social justice, paper presented School of Public Policy and Professional Practice, university of Keele, 28 Jan 2011.

(2011) A View from the Periphery: New Labour, the Coalition and Education Policy - markets, localism and social justice, paper presented at Higher Education in the Global Dimension: Ideas, policies, practices, at Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany, 10-11 February 2011.

(2011) New Labour, the Coalition and Education: markets, localism and social justice - paper presented to School of Education, university of Stirling, 23 March 2011.

(2011) More of the same, The British Coalition Government and Education Policy, paper presneted to Centre for Applied Educational Research, School of Education and Social Science, University of Central Lancashire, 7 April.

(2011) Workplace learning, knowledge, practice and transformation, paper presented School of Education, University of Southampton, 25 may, 2011.

(2012) Workplace learning, vocational pedagogy and the transformation of practice Keynote lecture, LSRN regional conference, University of Huddersfield, 3 May.

(2012) Professionalism, Teacher training and radical practice, Keynote, IfL presidential Conference, School of Education, the University of Wolverhampton, 16 May.

(2012) FE-HE Localism, inequality and social justice, Keynote Lecture School of Education & Lifelong Learning, Research in Higher Education and Society FE-HE Seminar Day, “Building knowledge across boundaries: Policy as lived experience within the FE/HE context”, University of East Anglia 11th June 2012.

(2013) Workplace Learning, VET and Vocational Pedagogy: the transformation of practice, Keynote address, EdD residential, the University of Sheffield 17 May.

Consultancies

  • Black Country Access Federation validation panel social science modules, June 1990
  • ESRC Learning Society project - referee 1995
  • Luton University validation panel of degree in educational studies, 1995
  • Oxford Brookes University – Qualitative methods support on the EdD programme 1997-1999

International Experience

Conference Presentations

(2008) Economism, Control and Opportunity: Key Moments in English Education lecture presented to the Department of Adult and Continuing Education, the University of Mumbai, 24 March 2008

(2008) Return to Class, Economism, Individualism and Post-Compulsory Education and Training, paper presented to the Zakhir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, 2 April 2008.

(2008) Education, Policy and Social Justice, paper presented to Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, 3 April 2008.

(2012) Workplace learning, knowledge, practice and transformation, paper presented School of Education, University of Alberta, 12 April, 2012.

(2012) Policy mediation and practice in further education, paper presented, OISE, the University of Toronto, 19 April, 2012.

IMPACT

Elected to ESRC Review College.

Research Degree Supervision

  • Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)
  • PCET policy
  • Political economy of education
  • Labour process analysis
  • Professionalism

Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.

 

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Director of Research
  • Chair School Research and Enterprise committee

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module leader:

  • Education Research, Theory and Methodology
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