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Joanna Rassello

Senior Lecturer Initial Teacher Education, Course Leader
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies
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Joanna is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Humanities, Languages and Global Studies with the role of Link Tutor for the Teacher Education Partnership – a partnership of 11 colleges across the North West region delivering a full range of nationally recognised teacher education programmes. Joanna is the editor for the Internationally published Journal 'Through the Looking Glass: Reflective Research in Post Compulsory Education' which is a curation of work from Teacher Education Partnership. Joanna is Course Leader for the Masters in Professional Practice in Education (Years 1 and 2) and her specialist areas of interest are teacher education pedagogy and curriculum design.

A crucial element of Joanna's role is to contribute to the quality assurance processes of teacher education and the partnership as a whole. To achieve this, she works with several colleges in the partnership to monitor the quality of the provision, which she does through a flexible approach to drive up improvements in education through devising new innovative approaches to teaching and learning, observation, monitoring, delivery of CPD and sharing best practice. A focus for Joanna specifically, is the exploration of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and how to embed this both into both the trainee's teaching practice and the innovative strategies used by the subject specialist mentor to facilitate this process.

As well as her role within the teacher education partnership Joanna also teaches on the Master's in Professional Practice in Education (MEd), a programme that develops the professional practice and skills for teachers and education managers. Joanna teaches the Curriculum Design module on the programme. Joanna's research interests include exploring the experiences of lecturers in designing and developing curriculum in Higher Education and supporting those with the validation of new higher education programmes.

Joanna has extensive experience as a teacher educator and has demonstrated her ability in course design and development for the education of new and existing teachers by using innovative approaches such as involving stakeholders in the creation of new programmes to ensure that the programme remains current and responsive to policy changes and professional practice. This not only ensures teachers are afforded a curriculum that is diverse and equitable, but it also considers pedagogy that is balanced and accessible to make an impact in the classroom.

  • Master of Education (MEd), University of Central Lancashire 2019
  • Dissertation: Exploring the extent to which HE lecturers are prepared for the demands of developing curricula in higher education in an FE setting.
  • BA (Hons) Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2006
  • Dissertation: Post Compulsory Training in Further Education and the Implications for those in existing Teacher Roles.
  • Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory), University of Central Lancashire, 2003

Modules Taught

  • EH4107 - Curriculum Design
  • External Examiner for PGCE, Advance HE, 2019
  • University Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), Member
  • Society for Education and Training, Member
  • Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN), Member
  • Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning Research Network (TELL), Member