Dr Jan Watson is a Lecturer in Education and Professional Development at the University of East Anglia. In addition to co-directing the Secondary PGCE(M) programme, she teaches on the BA in Education course and supervises Doctoral and Masters level research students. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in secondary education and has held a wide range of senior management responsibilities in schools. Before moving into full-time higher education, she was a Local Authority adviser for Gifted and Talented Education.
Assessing creative process and product in higher education,
in Practitioner Research in Higher Education
pp. 89-100UEA Repository
Pushing the boundaries: a study of higher education students’ responses to a creative, art-based learning experience.,
in The Teacher of the 21st Century: Quality Education for Quality Teaching. .
Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Comfortably uncomfortable: a study of undergraduate students’ responses to working in a creative learning environment,
in LEARNing Landscapes
pp. 443-462UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
Current research interests are focused on creative approaches to assessment in higher education, the development of creative thinking skills through art, visual literacy, working in creative learning environments, global citizenship education and identity studies.
Jan is a committed educator with a passion for lifelong learning; she supports the idea of lecturers being involved in their own professional development as teachers by continually reflecting on their pedagogy and practice. She advocates an inclusive, holistic and, where possible, personalised approach to teaching and learning and is keen to provide students with a wide range of educational experiences and opportunities. Jan strongly believes that students should be encouraged to develop their academic study skills as an integral part of the HE learning process; she also considers it important for them to be introduced to self and peer assessment strategies which help inform and direct their learning and providing opportunities and practice. She believes that students, who feel supported, valued and engaged, are more likely to fulfil their potential.
Teaching responsibilities 2014-15
SY PGCE(M) Professional Development semianr group - (PD Coordinator)
BA in Education modules:
Year 1: Academic Development in Education (co-tutor)
Year 2:What is Teaching? (module convenor)
Year 2: Outdoor Learning - (contributor)
Year 3: Creativity and Learning - (module convenor)
BA in PE:
Year 1: Academic Skills in PE - (module convenor)