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Portrait of Professor Lyn Tett Professor Lyn Tett

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Biography

Qualifications: BA (Hons), PGC Adult Education, MSc

Lyn studied psychology at the Open University part time whilst her children were young and then worked as an adult education development officer for Argyll and Bute Council's community education service for ten years.  After that she moved to Edinburgh to become the deputy director of the Scottish Community Education Council responsible for training and adult education for 5 years and then joined Moray House Institute of Education as the Director of Community Education in 1992. During this time she also studied part-time for her MSc in Community Education. She was appointed as Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Higher and Community Education, University of Edinburgh in 1996. She was awarded a personal chair in Community Education and Lifelong Learning there in 2002 and became Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Moray House School of Education in 2008. She is currently an Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh. She is active in the profession of Community Education and is currently Chair of the Scottish Government’s Adult Literacies 2020 working group on professional development.

Research & Scholarship

Lyn’s interests lie within the broad area of community education and lifelong learning. Her research has involved an investigation of the factors such as class, gender, disability that lead to the exclusion of adults from post-compulsory education and of the action that might be taken to promote social inclusion. It has focused on three main areas. These are:

  • The cultural, class and identity factors that contribute to literacy and numeracy difficulties experienced by adults and the forms of education and learning that are most effective in empowering individuals and communities experiencing educational disadvantage; 
  • An investigation of the factors that encourage or prevent access to higher education for, and retention of, educationally disadvantaged adults with a particular focus on class and gender; 
  • Inter-professional partnerships especially in the relationship between schools and community education and the role of parents as partners in their children's education.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

Tett, L (2014) ‘Comparative Performance Measures, Globalising Strategies and Literacy Policy in ScotlandGlobalisation, Societies and Education , 12 (1), pp. 127-142. ISSN 1476-7724

Tett, L (2014) ‘Lifelong learning policies, paradoxes and possibilitiesThe Adult Learner Journal (The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education) . ISSN 0790-8040

Tett, L (2014) ‘Learning, literacy and identity: ‘I don’t think I’m a failure any more’British Journal of Special Education . ISSN 1467-8578

2013

Weedon, E. and Tett, L. (2013) ‘Union learning representatives: Micro, meso and macro level workplace learning opportunitiesInternational Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning , 6 (1), pp. 83-100. ISSN 2071-1158

Weedon, E. and Tett, L. (2013) ‘Plugging a gap? Soft skills courses and learning for workInternational Journal of Lifelong Education , pp. 1-18. ISSN 0260-1370

Mackie, A. and Tett, L. (2013) ‘‘Participatory parity’, young people and policy in ScotlandJournal of Education Policy , pp. 1-18. ISSN 0268-0939

2012

Tett, L., Anderson, K., McNeill, F., Overy, K. and Sparks, R. (2012) ‘Learning, rehabilitation and the arts in prisons: a Scottish case study Studies in the Education of Adults , 44 (2), pp. 171-185. ISSN 0266-0830

Tett, L., Anderson, K., McNeill, F., Overy, K. and Sparks, R. (2012) ‘Learning, rehabilitation and the arts in prisons: a Scottish case studyStudies in the Education of Adults , 44 (2), pp. 171-185. ISSN 0266-0830

Tett, L., Hounsell, J., Christie, H., Cree, V. and McCune, V. (2012) ‘Learning from feedback? Mature students’ experiences of assessment in higher educationResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 17 (2), pp. 247-260. ISSN 1359-6748

2011

Tett, L (2011) ‘Learner identity’. In: The Routledge International Handbook of Learning. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 75-83. ISBN 978-0-415-57130-2

Tett, L. and St Clair, R. (2011) ‘Adult literacy education’. In: Adult Learning and Education. Oxford, UK: Elsevier. pp. 100-106. ISBN 9780123814890

Crowther, J. and Tett, L. (2011) ‘Critical and social literacy practices from the Scottish adult literacy experience: resisting deficit approaches to learningLiteracy , 45 (3), pp. 134-140. ISSN 1741-4350

Anderson, K., McNeill, F., Overy, K. and Tett, L. (2011) ‘Young Offenders and the Arts: A review of three Inspiring Change arts projects at HMYOI Polmont, ScotlandPrison Service Journal , 197, pp. 47-52. ISSN 0300-3558

Tett, L., McGovern, M. and Weedon, E. (2011) Analysis of Workplace Literacies Pilot Project Reports 2009 Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scottish Government

Maclachlan, K., Tett, L. and Hall, S. (2011) ‘The more you learn the better you feel - research into literacies, learning and identity in Scotland’. In: Tracking Adult Literacy and Numeracy Skills. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. pp. 329-348. ISBN 9780415807883

Tett, L., Anderson, K., Colvin, S., McNeill, F., Overy, K. and Sparks, R. (2011) ‘Literacy, educational policies, arts and prisons’. In: Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference SCUTREA:Creating and Sustaining International Connections: exploring the learning opportunities for Studying Creative Understandings about Teaching and Research for Equity and Access . Brighton, UK: SCUTREA. pp. 155-162. ISBN 978-0-904242-71-3

Tett, L (2011) ‘Reaching adults with low levels of literacy’. In: Reaching the marginalised: Reflecting on the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2010 . Edinburgh, Scotland: The UK National Commission for UNESCO in Scotland. pp. 21-25.

Tett, L. and Crowther, J. (2011) ‘Learning and identity in literacy programs ’. In: Adult Education Research Conference Proceedings. Toronto, Canada: AERC. pp. 688-694.

2010

McCulloch, K., McLaughlin, P., Allison, P., Edwards, V. and Tett, L. (2010) ‘Sail training as education: more than mere adventureOxford Review of Education , 36 (6), pp. 661-676. ISSN 0305-4985

Crowther, J., Maclachlan, K. and Tett, L. (2010) ‘Adult literacy, learning identities and pedagogic practiceInternational Journal of Lifelong Education , 29 (6), pp. 651-664. ISSN 0260-1370

Riddell, S. and Tett, L. (2010) ‘Gender balance in teaching debate: tensions between gender theory and equality policyInternational Journal of Inclusive Education , 14 (5), pp. 463-477. ISSN 1360-3116

Tett, L (2010) Community Education, Learning and Development . Edinburgh, Scotland: Dunedin Press. ISBN 9781906716103

St. Clair, R., Tett, L. and Maclachlan, K. (2010) Scottish Survey of Adult Literacies 2009: Report of Findings Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scottish Government

Tett, L (2010) ‘Community education and lifelong learning ’. In: SCUTREA (Standing conference on university teaching and research in the education of adults) 40th annual conference, 7th-9th July 2010, University of Warwick

St. Clair, R., Maclachlan, K. and Tett, L. (2010) Scottish Survey of Adult Literacies 2009, Research Findings No: 58/2010: Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scottish Government

McCulloch, K. and Tett, L. (2010) ‘Ethics, collaboration and the organisational context of youth work’. In: Ethical Issues in Youth Work. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 38-52. ISBN 9780415499705

Ahlgren, L. and Tett, L. (2010) ‘Work-based learning, identity and organisational cultureStudies in Continuing Education , 32 (1), pp. 17-27. ISSN 0158-037X

St. Clair, R., Tett, L. and Maclachlan, K. (2010) Evaluation of the Scottish Adult Literacy and Numeracy (ALN) Strategy - Research Findings Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scottish Government

Tett, L. and St Clair, R. (2010) ‘Adult literacy education’. In: International Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford, UK: Elsevier. . ISBN 9780080448930

2009

Cree, V., Hounsell, J., Christie, H., McCune, V. and Tett, L. (2009) ‘From Further Education to Higher Education: Social Work Students' Experiences of Transition to an Ancient, Research?Led UniversitySocial Work Education , 28 (8), pp. 887-901. ISSN 0261-5479

St. Clair, R., Maclachlan, K. and Tett, L. (2009) ‘Educational entrepreneurs? Practitioner-led action research and the formation of the professional adult literacies instructorStudies in the Education of Adults , 41 (2), pp. 175-191. ISSN 0266-0830

Tett, L. and Riddell, S. (2009) ‘Educators’ responses to policy concerns about the gender balance of the teaching profession in ScotlandJournal of Education Policy , 24 (4), pp. 477-493. ISSN 0268-0939

Tett, L (2009) ‘Research and student voice ’. In: SCUTREA (Standing conference on university teaching and research in the education of adults) 39th annual conference, 7th-9th July 2009, University of Cambridge

Maclachlan, K. and Tett, L. (2009) ‘Let's get together: re-thinking effective literacies learning in learner's lives’. In: Centre for Research in Learning CRLL Conference 2009, 23-26 June 2009,

Tett, L (2009) ‘Assessing adult literacies' learning in non-formal contexts’. In: Centre for Research in Learning CRLL Conference 2009, 23-26 June 2009,

Tett, L., McLennan, F. and Edwards, V. (2009) Credit Where Credit's Due: Recognising Literacies Learning . Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scottish Government. ISBN 9780755955206

2008

Tett, L. and Maclachlan, K. (2008) ‘Learners, tutors and power in adult literacies research in ScotlandInternational Journal of Lifelong Education , 27 (6), pp. 659-672. ISSN 0260-1370

Christie, H., Tett, L., Cree, V., Hounsell, J. and McCune, V. (2008) ‘‘A real rollercoaster of confidence and emotions’: learning to be a university studentStudies in Higher Education , 33 (5), pp. 567-581. ISSN 0307-5079

Tett, L (2008) ‘Policy discourses and socially situated participation in education’. In: SCUTREA 2008 38th Annual Conference Proceedings:Whither Adult Education in the Learning Paradigm? . Edinburgh, UK: Moray House School of Education and SCUTREA. pp. 496-503. ISBN 978-0-901580-01-6

Crowther, J., Tett, L. and Edwards, V. (2008) Building Connections, Getting Involved: Measuring Social Capital Outcomes of Community Learning and Development . Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scottish Government. ISBN 978 0 7559 1668 9

Hall, S., Maclachlan, K., Tett, L. and Edwards, V. (2008) Mapping Youth Literacies Practice with The 16 - 25 Age Group . Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scottish Government. ISBN 9780755955206

Sliwka, A. and Tett, L. (2008) ‘Case study: Scotland’. In: Teaching, Learning and Assessment for Adults: Improving Foundation Skills. Paris, France: OECD - Centre for Research and Innovation. . ISBN 9789264039902

McCulloch, K. and Tett, L. (2008) ‘Integrated Community Schools and Social Inclusion ’. In: Safeguarding Children and Schools. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley. pp. 42-53. ISBN 9781843105145

2007

Tett, L., Bamber, J., Edwards, V., Martin, I. and Shaw, M. (2007) Developing Competence: Early and Mid Career in Community Learning and Development Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scottish Government

Tett, L. and Maclachlan, K. (2007) ‘Adult literacy and numeracy, social capital, learner identities and self-confidence Studies in the Education of Adults , 39 (2), pp. 150-167. ISSN 0266-0830

Tett, L (2007) ‘Community education in Scotland’. In: Community Education and its contribution to a Social Europe: concepts; perspectives, implementation. Bruno, Czech Republic: Ostrava. pp. 45-68.

Tett, L (2007) ‘Multi-agency working in urban education and social justice’. In: International Handbook of Urban Education. London, UK: Springer. pp. 1139-1156. ISBN 978-1-4020-5198-2

Tett, L (2007) ‘Working in and with civil society’. In: Radical Learning for Liberation . Maynooth, Ireland: Centre for Adult and Community Education, St. Patrick's College. pp. 67-77.

2006

Tett, L. and Riddell, S. (2006) Gender and teaching: where have all the men gone? . Policy and Practice in Education. Edinburgh, Scotland: Dunedin Press. ISBN 9781903765579

Tett, L (2006) ‘Learning in non-formal settings and the development of 'really useful' knowledge’. In: Learning Outside the Academy: International Research Perspectives on Lifelong Learning. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 120-132. ISBN 978-0-415-36585-7

Tett, L (2006) ‘Community education: participation, risk and desire’. In: Gender and Lifelong Learning: critical feminist engagements. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. pp. 97-107. ISBN 978-0-415-37485-9

Christie, H., Cree, V., Hounsell, J., McCune, V. and Tett, L. (2006) ‘From college to university: looking backwards, looking forwardsResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 11 (3), pp. 351-365. ISSN 1359-6748

Maclachlan, K. and Tett, L. (2006) ‘Learning to Change or Changing the Learning: Adult Literacy and Numeracy in Scotland Journal of Adult and Continuing Education , 12 (2), pp. 195-206. ISSN 1477-9714

Tett, L (2006) ‘Adult literacies and social inclusion: practice, research and policy in Scotland’. In: Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Language: Policy, Practice and Research. London, UK: Open University Press. pp. 42-52. ISBN 9780335219377

Bamber, J., Galloway, V. and Tett, L. (2006) ‘Widening Participation and meta-learning: risking less in HEJournal of Adult and Continuing Education , 12 (1), pp. 20-34. ISSN 1477-9714

Tett, L., Maclachlan, K., Hall, S., Edwards, V. and Garside, L. (2006) Evaluation of the Scottish Adult Literacy and Numeracy (ALN) Strategy - Final Report Glasgow, Scotland: Scottish Executive

Riddell, S., Tett, L., Ducklin, A., Stafford, A., Winterton, M., Burns, C. and Ferrie, J. (2006) ‘The gender balance of the teaching workforce in Scotland: What’s the problem? Scottish Educational Review , 38 (1), pp. 73-92. ISSN 0141-9072

Tett, L (2006) Community education lifelong learning and social inclusion . Policy and Practice in Education. Edinburgh, Scotland: Dunedin Press. ISBN 9781903765562

2005

Tett, L (2005) ‘Inter-agency partnerships and Integrated Community Schools a Scottish perspectiveSupport for Learning , 20 (4), pp. 157-161. ISSN 1467-9604

Tett, L (2005) ‘Learning literacy and identity’. In: Class Concerns: Adult Education and Social Class. San Francisco, California, USA: Jossey Bass. pp. 27-36. ISBN 978-0-7879-8128-0

Tett, L (2005) ‘Community development’. In: International Encyclopedia of Adult Education. London, UK: Palgrave Macmilan. pp. 126-130. ISBN 9781403917355

Tett, L (2005) ‘Activism’. In: International Encyclopedia of Adult Education. London, UK: Palgrave Macmilan. pp. 21-25. ISBN 9781403917355

Tett, L (2005) ‘Partnerships, community groups and social inclusionStudies in Continuing Education , 27 (1), pp. 1-15. ISSN 0158-037X

Tett, L. and McCulloch, K. (2005) ‘Inter-agency partnerships and school-family-community links to prevent social exclusion’. In: Service Integration in Scottish Schools: Values, vision and vital voices . Aberdeen, UK: University of Aberdeen. . ISBN 1-903714-12- 5

Tett, L (2005) ‘Literacy, learning and social inclusion’. In: 'Old' and 'new' Worlds of Adult Learning. Wroclaw, Poland: University of Lower Silesia Press. pp. 458-470.

Tett, L (2005) ‘School community partnerships in ScotlandEducation Links , 69, pp. 37-42. ISSN 0814-6802

2004

Riddell, S. and Tett, L. (2004) ‘New Community Schools and Inter?agency working: assessing the effectiveness of social justice initiativesLondon Review of Education , 2 (3), pp. 219-228. ISSN 1474-8460

Tett, L (2004) ‘Mature working class students in an ‘elite’ university: discourses of risk, choice and exclusionStudies in the Education of Adults , 36 (2), pp. 252-264. ISSN 0266-0830

McCulloch, K., Tett, L. and Crowther, J. (2004) ‘New Community Schools in Scotland: issues for inter-professional collaborationScottish Educational Review , 36 (2), pp. 129-144. ISSN 0141-9072

Tett, L (2004) ‘Parents and school communities in Japan and Scotland: contrasts in policy and practice in primary schoolsInternational Journal of Lifelong Education , 23 (3), pp. 259-273. ISSN 0260-1370

2003

Tett, L (2003) ‘Education and community health: identity, social justice and lifestyle issues in communities’. In: Social Justice, Education and Identity. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 83-96. ISBN 978-0-415-29695-3

Smith, M. and Tett, L. (2003) ‘New Community Schools and pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties’ Scottish Educational Review , 34 (2), pp. 151-162. ISSN 0141-9072

Tett, L., Crowther, J. and O'Hara, P. (2003) ‘Collaborative partnerships in community educationJournal of Education Policy , 18 (1), pp. 37-51. ISSN 0268-0939

Tett, L (2003) ‘Adult education, women and health in social excluded communities’. In: AERC 2003 The 44th Annual Adult Education Research Conference, 6th-8th June 2003, San Francisco, California, USA

Tett, L (2003) Working in partnership . NIACE lifelines in adult learning. Leicester, UK: NIACE. ISBN 978-1-86201-162-5

2002

Tett, L (2002) ‘Gender, education and health issues in the community’. In: The Politics of Gender and Education. London, UK: Centre for Research and Education on Gender, Institute of Education, University of London. pp. 75-81.

2001

Crowther, J. and Tett, L. (2001) ‘Democracy as a way of life: literacy for citizenship’. In: Powerful Literacies. Leicester, UK: NIACE. pp. 108-118. ISBN 978-1-86201-94-9

Hamilton, M., Macrae, C. and Tett, L. (2001) ‘Literacy and the policy discourse in the UK and Ireland’. In: Powerful Literacies. Leicester, UK: NIACE. pp. 23-42. ISBN 978-1-86201-94-9

Tett, L., Munn, P., Kay, H., Martin, I., Martin, J. and Ranson, S. (2001) ‘Schools, community education and collaborative practice in Scotland’. In: Education, Social Justice and Inter-Agency Working. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 105-123. ISBN 978-0-415-24922-5

Kasama, H. and Tett, L. (2001) ‘Involving parents as partners in their children's education in Japan and Scotland’. In: Education, Social Justice and Inter-Agency Working. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 215-233. ISBN 978-0-415-24922-5

Tett, L (2001) ‘Parents as problems or parents as people? Parental involvement programmes, schools and adult educatorsInternational Journal of Lifelong Education , 20 (3), pp. 188-198. ISSN 0260-1370

Tett, L (2001) ‘Collaborating for Social Justice: Limits and possibilities for youth workers and schoolteachers in ScotlandEducation Links , 61, pp. 31-34. ISSN 0814-6802

Tett, L., Caddell, D., Crowther, J. and O'Hara, P. (2001) ‘Parents and Schools: partnerships in early primary educationScottish Educational Review , 33 (1), pp. 48-58. ISSN 0141-9072

Tett, L., Munn, P., Blair, A., Kay, H., Martin, I., Martin, J. and Ranson, S. (2001) ‘Collaboration between schools and community education agencies in tackling social exclusionResearch Papers in Education , 16 (1), pp. 3-21. ISSN 0267-1522

Tett, L (2001) ‘Health concerns in communities and the wider benefits of learning: perspectives from practice in Scotland’. In: Wider benefits of learning: understanding and monitoring the consequences of adult learning. Lisbon, Portugal: ESREA. pp. 100-105.

Esteem

Memberships:

Regional:

2000 - 2005 Chair, Community Learning Research Network for Scotland
2009 - 12 Member Standards Council for Community Learning and Development, Scotland
2011 - 12 Chair, Scottish Government Working Group on Adult Literacies and Professional Development

National

2001 - 2004 Scottish Representative, National Training Organisation for Community Based Learning (PAOLO)
2009 – 2012 Book Reviews Editor, Studies in the Education of Adults

 

Referee Journals

Adult Education Quarterly;
British Education Research Journal;
Critical Studies in Education;
Discourse;
Gender and Education;
International Journal of Lifelong Education;
Research in post-compulsory education;
Scottish Education Review;
Studies in Continuing Education;
Teachers and Teaching
Referee Research Bids
Rapporteur for ESRC


External Examiner (Doctoral Theses)

PhD London Institute of Education, 2004
EdD, University of Sheffield, 2005
2 PhD Deakin University, Australia 2006 (Kamp and Lewis)
PhD. City University, 2007
PhD. Lancaster University, 2007
EdD. Stirling University, 2008
PhD St Andrews University, 2008
PhD Kings University College, 2008
EdD, University of Sheffield, 2009
PhD, University of Sheffield, 2010
PhD, University of Glasgow, 2011
PhD, Monash University, 2011
Ed.D, University of Durham, 2011
EdD, University of East Anglia, 2011
EdD, University of Durham, 2012
PhD, Institute of Education, University of London, 2012

Other external examining

EdD, University of Exeter
BA, Community Studies, National University of Ireland, Mynooth
BA, Part-time & 2+2 Degrees, University of Warwick

Invited Keynote Lectures/Presentations

11 May 2009 - Keynote address ‘Connecting learning, living and creativity’ NIACE and UCU Annual Conference ‘Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn’
30 April 2010 - Keynote speaker ‘Reaching adults with low levels of literacy’ UNESCO and SQA conference REACHING THE MARGINALISED
10 May 2012 – Keynote Lecture ‘Community based education and learning’, 43rd EUCEN Conference, University of Graz, Austria
22 October 2012 Keynote address – ‘Scotland’s Adult Literacies Professional Development Framework’, EU Learning Partnership ‘BASKET’ Seminar, German Institute for Adult Education, Bonn

Research grants

‘Adult Basic Education Seminar Group’ July 02 – May 04. Funders ESRC, £14000, NRDC, £4000, Scottish Executive, £2000.
‘Developing an adult literacy and numeracy curriculum’, January 03 to December 04. Funder, Communities Scotland £100,000 total (Joint with SFEU)
Evaluation of the Adult Literacy and Numeracy Strategy’, July 03 to June 05. Funder Scottish Executive £199,000 (joint with Glasgow University)
Integrated Community Schools Project Evaluation, April 04 to April 05, Funder, Fife Council £20, 055 (Dr McCulloch was PI).
Literacy and Equality in Irish Society, January 05 to March 06, Funder: Queens University, Belfast/EU, £6000
Adult Literacy and Numeracy Curriculum Framework for Scotland Roll-Out, March 05 to April 06, Funder Learning Connections, £70, 717.
Gender imbalance in the teaching workforce (Prof Riddell was PI), Funder: Scottish Executive, January 05 to June 05, £43,000
‘Literature Review of Community Learning and Development’, Funder: Communities Scotland, January-March 2006, £18681
OECD/CERI study on "Improving Teaching and Learning for Adults with Basic Skill Needs through Formative Assessment", February 06 to May 06, Funder: Learning Connections, £9000
‘Identifying and quantifying the social capital outcomes of CLD: a pilot study’, (J. Crowther was PI) Feb 07 – April 07, Funder: Learning Connections, £22,551
‘Developing competence: early and mid-career in CLD’, March – July 2007, Funder: Learning Connections, £17, 907
‘Credit where credit’s due: recognizing literacies learning’, August – March 2008, Funder: Learning Connections, £25, 660
‘Analysis of Workplace Literacies Pilot Project Reports’ March – August 2009, Funder: Scottish Government, £2000
‘Scottish Survey of Adult Literacy and Numeracy’ March 2009 – June 2010, Funder: Scottish Government/Glasgow University, £9405
‘Health Issues in the Community’ January 2000 – December 2010, Funder: Health Scotland, £100,000
‘Inspire Evaluation’ March 2010 – March 2011, Funder: Motherwell College, £4040
‘Community Learning and Development Guidance Strategy Discussion Summary’, March-April 2012, Funder: Education Scotland, £4000

Research Degree Supervision

Current Postgraduate Research Supervisions

  • EdD
  • PhD

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

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