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Carole Bignell


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Previous Teaching:

  • 17 years in primary schools teaching pupils aged 4-11.  Last 7 years as Deputy Headteacher then Headteacher.
  • 10 years at University of Chichester teaching curriculum English - core and specialism (FHEQ levels 4-9).  Last 3 years as Programme Leader for BA(hons) Initial Teacher Education.  

Current Teaching:

  • Initial Teacher Education, BA(hons) programme (SCQF levels 8-10)
  • PGDE Programme (SCQF levels 10-11)
  • MEd Leadership for Learning (SCQF level 11)
  • MSC Education with Pathways (SCQF level 11)
  • Programme leader for the MEd Leadership for Learning programme.  


Completed doctoral research with a focus on newly-qualified teachers and dialogic teaching.  Have recently completed a 2-year research project with an Academy school in England which considered the affordances and challenges of the use of teacher reflective video triads in seeking to develop dialogic teaching in the primary classroom.  Have more recently been working alongside a colleague in researching school/university partnership in support of teacher learning rounds.  


  • L Education (General)
  • Dialogic Teaching
  • Primary Teaching

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Research Output

  • Promoting NQT linguistic awareness of dialogic teaching practices: a dialogic model of professional development

    Bignell, C., 28 Sep 2018, In : Literacy. 10 p., LIT12163.

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  • Talk in the primary curriculum: seeking pupil empowerment in current curriculum approaches

    Bignell, C., 2012, In : Literacy. 46, 1, p. 48-55 8 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)