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Dr. Angela Brzeski

Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Livesey House, LH208

+44 (0) 1772 89 2714

abrzeski@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Education

Angela has worked at UCLan since January 2016 after many years of working in further education and universities as a lecturer, teacher trainer and curriculum manager. Her PhD, completed in November 2013, was an investigation into the college and home literacy practices of further education students. The overall focus was to explore how the reading and writing in the everyday lives of students relates to teaching and learning in college and how students’ home practices can be drawn upon to help these students engage with and succeed on their chosen college courses.

Full Profile

Angela is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Angela works as a member of the programme management team for the UCLan Teacher Education Partnership which consists of 15 colleges across the North West of England delivering a wide range of national recognised teacher education programmes. Angela is also the Programme Leader for the Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) and the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for both the Mathematic: Numeracy and English: Literacy pathways.

Before moving to UCLan, Angela worked at Runshaw College as a Programme Leader for the Part Time Initial Teacher Education curriculum. Prior to this, she worked as a Senior Lecturer within Post Compulsory Education and Training at Edge Hill University. Angela has also worked at Preston’s college where she taught Administration, GCSE and A Level English and, latterly, Teacher Education

Qualifications

PhD Linguistics, Lancaster University, 2013
MA Education (Through Research), University of Central Lancashire, 2003
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), University of Manchester, 1992
Private and Executive Secretarial Diploma, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), 1990
BA (Hons) English (Major) and Communication in Contemporary Society (Minor), Lancaster University, 1984

Conferences

2005 'The textuality of learning and other contexts in the lives of Further Education students'. Presented at the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) Thematic Seminar Series: The Textuality of Learning Contexts, Lancaster University, 15 June

2005 ‘Researching with Students: Challenges and Possibilities, Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning (CRLL) Conference’, 3rd CRLL International Conference, 'What a Difference a Pedagogy Makes: Researching Lifelong Learning and Teaching', University of Stirling, Scotland, 25 June

2005 'OCR Higher Diploma in Administrative (and Secretarial) Procedures – Level 4' Presented at the Literacies for Learning in Further Education Project (LfLFE) Data-sharing day: a mid-project meeting of the English team, Lancaster University, 28 June

2005 'Phase Two [of the LfLFE Project] and Transition to Phase Three'. Presented at the Literacies for Learning in Further Education Advisory Group, Lancaster University Literacy Research Centre, Institute for Advanced Studies, 5 December

2006 'The ‘Text Rich’ College Learning Environment – is it ‘just what I always wanted’?' Presented at the 27th CUE Ethnography in Education Research Forum, The Center for Urban Ethnography, Graduate School of Education, The University of Pennsylvania, 24 February

2006 'From Plumbing to Punctuation: What do we mean by ‘embedded’? Presented at the North West SfL Research Forum, Lancaster University, 7 June 2006

2006 ‘The relationship between ‘time’ and students’ engagement with the literacy demands of their courses’, BERA Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 6 September

2010 'Collaborative literacy practices of the FE college student: a study of the relationship between the home and the classroom domains' Literacy Research Centre Seminar Series, Institute of Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, 5 March

2011 'Online assessment and the use of ePortfolios (PebblePad)' Learning Development Day, Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, 26 May

2011 ‘Sharing professionalism through research and teacher dialogue to support learners on their transition through the field of education’. 3rd Annual Conference on Learner Identity Equity, Identity and Education, Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, 6 July

2012 ‘Literacy, learning and identity’, 4th Annual Conference on Learner Identity Equity, Identity and Education, Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, 11 July

2014 ‘Daddy’s girl, the ‘good’ student and others … the multi-faceted identities of college students’ Literacy Research Centre Seminar Series, Institute of Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, 10 June

2015 ‘Carol Dweck and the growth mindset’, Teaching and Learning Conference, Runshaw College, Leyland, 3 July

2015 ‘Daddy’s girl, the ‘good’ student and others … the multi-faceted identities of college students’, The 7th Annual Conference for Research in Education (ACRE), Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, 8 July

Publications

Brzeski, A. (2008) 'Portfolio Building: The relationship with literacies in students' everyday lives', Literacy and Numeracy Studies, Vol 16, No 1, pp 25-38

Brzeski, A. (2011) 'The Apostrophe', Ch. 4 in Duckworth, V., Hussain, S., Ingle, S. and Morley, T. (eds) Teaching Tomorrow: Creative Approaches by Today's Trainees, Warrington: Gatehouse Media Limited, pp. 17-18

Brzeski, A. (2012) Practitioner research development: case study in Tummons, J. and Duckworth, V . (eds.) Doing Your Research Project in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Maidenhead: Open University Press

Duckworth, V. and Brzeski, A. (2015) ‘Literacy, learning and identity: challenging the neo-liberal agenda through literacies, everyday practices and empowerment’, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, Vol 20, No 1, pp 1-16

More Publications

 

Teaching Activities 

 

Co-ordinating and developing subject specific teacher training in Literacy and Numeracy

Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Professional Studies

Training for teacher education teams in the UCLan partnership

Projects

Angela worked as a College Based Research Co-ordinator for the Literacies for Learning in Further Education (LfLFE) Project which investigated literacy practices in which students engage outside of college, and teaching and learning strategies through which these can help support the curriculum.