Dr Alan Britton

  • Senior Lecturer (Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith)

telephone: 01413303498
email: Alan.Britton@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

I have worked as an educator in a wide range of contexts; from English language teaching in France, to outdoor instruction in the Highlands of Scotland; Secondary school teaching of languages and civics to Civil Service and Parliamentary work; and for the past 17 years in University, combining initial teacher education work with policy development, strategic leadership, and research.


Research interests

Research interests

My core research and teaching interests include Education Policy, Citizenship, Political Literacy, and Sustainability.

I am the Internationalisation Director for the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, and the Director of the Education for Global Citizenship Unit.

I recently undertook a review of a major crofting education programme. I also supported the Global Learning Project-Scotland (funded by DFID and led by the IDEAS consortium), as impact evaluator.

I was the lead investigator in the UK for a major transnational project on Food Waste education from 2014-2016. This project worked with young people and local authorities, seeking to reduce food waste, promote global understanding and support political literacy.

This has been succeeded by a new programme, funded under the same framework, with a focus on young people's knwoedge of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the role of youth action in response to local and global inequality.

I believe strongly in the need for young people to engage with the political process; I led the establishment of the Scottish Parliament's Education service in 1999, and continue to promote and contribute to research and policy developments in this area.


Grants

Grants

Europeaid "Walk the Global Walk" (£230,000) from 2017-2020), led by Tuscany Region and Oxfam Italia

Europeaid "Don't Waste Our Future" Project with a Multilateral Partnership led by FELCOS Umbria (1.7 million Euros approx: 10% share) (2015-2017).

Crofting Connections/Soil Association Evaluation of Crofting Connections Phase 2 (2015).

European Union Lifelong Learning Programme (€45,154). Comenius Multilateral Project “Portfolio of Integration” (2011-2013).

University of Glasgow First Steps Awards (£5000). Developing Educational Partnership with Just Trading Co. (2010) See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-11095954

European Union Lifelong Learning Programme. Comenius Multilateral Project "Continuing Intercultural Professional Development in Europe" (CIPDE). (2007-2009). Principal Investigator. (€225 000).

Department for International Development (DFID). Development Awareness and Teacher Professional Development (2005-2008). Depute Project Manager . (£208, 000).

Future Learning and Teaching (FLaT) Programme. Evaluation of Inspiring Inquiring Minds Project at Jordanhill School (2005-2006). Principal Investigator.

Scottish Children’s Parliament. Evaluation of the Children’s Parliament. (2006). Principal Investigator

European Union Socrates Accompanying Measures. Identifying oneself with Europe. (2005-2006). Principal Investigator

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) Evaluation of the Project Partnership Programme (2006).


Supervision

I have supervised two international PhD students to completion, and am currently supervising a further four students. I have supervised 12 students to success at Masters level.

I welcome further expressions of interest from prospective PhD and Masters students who are interested in one or more of the themes listed under my Research Interests.


Teaching

Teaching

I teach across a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. I am the course leader for the MEduc Education and Society programme from years 1-3; and the PGDE Secondary Teaching qualification in Modern Studies. I am the Depute Head of the Pedagogy, Praxis and Faith Research and Teaching Group in the School of Education.


Research datasets

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2009

Burton, M., Britton, A. and McNeill, A. (2009) Individual variation in face processing. [Data Collection]

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Additional information

Consulting and advice

I provide consultancy services to a number of organisations, including overseas governments and the NGO sector. I have supported the Scottish Parliament's Education Committee in their scrutiny of current education policy developments, and gave formal evidence at the Parliament on September 19th 2018. I am a registered Expert with the European Commission, and undertook bid evaluations for their Key Action 3 Programme in 2017 and 2018. I am also an evaluator for the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Academic and professional body membership

Registered with the General Teaching Council of Scotland

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the RSA

Scottish Educational Research Association.

Additional information

Core member, European Learning Teacher Network Thinktank on Education for Sustainable Development (2013-).

Scotland Lead, the 5 Nations Citizenship Network Strategy Group (2006-2014).

Member of the Scottish Government Ministerial Working Group on One Planet Schools/Learning for  Sustainability (2012).

Convener, Applied Educational Research Scheme (AERS) Policy Review Group on Education for Citizenship (2007-2008).

Member, Learning and Teaching Scotland Advisory Group on Citizenship (2003-2007).

Modern Studies Association National Committee (2001-2006).


Publications

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2019

Britton, A., Schweisfurth, M. and Slade, B. (2019) Of myths and monitoring: learner-centred education as a political project in Scotland. Comparative Education, 55(1), pp. 30-46. (doi:10.1080/03050068.2018.1541667)

2017

Britton, A., Hunt, R. and Blee, H. (2017) Joining the dots through Scottish crofting education. Scottish Educational Review, 49(2), pp. 72-85.

2016

Britton, A. (2016) Le chardon et la rose: Visions divergentes de la scolarté commune en Angleterre et en Écosse = The thistle and the rose: two diverging visions of common schooling in England and Scotland. Revue Internationale d'éducation Sèvres, 73,

2015

McKinney, S. , McAdam, J., Britton, A., Crichton, H. and Arizpe, E. (2015) Managing the learning of new arrival children in mainstream schooling: challenges for school management and curriculum leaders. In: Christopher, E. (ed.) International Management and Intercultural Communication: A Collection of Case Studies. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9781137553232

2014

Britton, A. (2014) Education for global citizenship and sustainable development. In: Carroll, M. and McCulloch, M. (eds.) Understanding Teaching and Learning in Primary Education. SAGE: London. ISBN 9781446254820

2013

Britton, A. (2013) Review of: Meyer, H-D., & Benavot, A., ‘PISA, Power and Policy: the emergence of global education governance’. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 12(2), pp. 143-145. (doi:10.2304/csee.2013.12.2.143) [Book Review]

McAdam, J., Britton, A., McKinney, S.J. , Crichton, H. and Arizpe, E. (2013) L’esperienza poi nelle scuole Scozzesi. Portfolio of Integration Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow. (Unpublished)

2012

Britton, A. (2012) The Citizenship teacher and controversial issues. In: Brown, J., Ross, H. and Munn, P. (eds.) Democratic Citizenship in Schools: Teaching Controversial Issues, Traditions and Accountability. Dunedin Academic Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781780460055

McKinney, S.J. , McAdam, J., Arizpe, E. , Crichton, H. and Britton, A. (2012) Portfolio of Integration (Scotland). Project Report. Oxfam Italia. (Unpublished)

2011

Britton, A. (2011) A School Curriculum for the Children of Space Settlers. In: Landfester, U., Schrogl, N.-L. and Worms, J.-C. (eds.) Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Series: Studies in Space Policy (5). Springer: Vienna, pp. 65-79. ISBN 978-3-7091-0279-4 (doi:10.1007/978-3-7091-0280-0_6)

2010

Wisely, T.L.K., Barr, I.M., Britton, A. and King, B. (Eds.) (2010) Education in a Global Space: Research and Practice in Initial Teacher Education. International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS): Edinburgh. ISBN 9781899136162

Britton, A. and Blee, H. (2010) Global Citizenship and Initial Teacher Education: Tracking the Experiences of Undergraduate Students. In: Wisely, T.L.K., Barr, I.M., Britton, A. and King, B. (eds.) Education in a Global Space: Research and Practice in Initial Teacher Education. IDEAS/UKAID: Edinburgh. ISBN 978-1-899136-16-2

Carroll, M., Britton, A. and Barr, I. (2010) Intercultural professional development within a virtual learning community. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 9(2), pp. 129-143. (doi:10.2304/csee.2010.9.2.129)

Menter, I. et al. (2010) Literature Review on Teacher Education in the 21st Century. Other. The Scottish Government, Edinburgh, UK.

2009

Britton, A. (2009) Developing teachers' intercultural awareness through online collaboration. In: The Learning Teacher Network 6th Annual International Conference: 'Creative Learning for a Sustainable World', Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1-3 October 2009, (Unpublished)

Britton, A. and McMahon, M. (2009) Continuing intercultural professional development: new technologies and new paradigms in teacher professional development. In: International Technology, Education and Development (INTED) Conference 2009, Valencia, Spain, 9-11 March 2009,

2008

Arizpe, E. and McGonigal, J. (2008) Global citizens, local linguists: how migrant children explore cultural identity through vernacular texts. In: Peters, M.A., Britton, A. and Blee, H. (eds.) Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, pp. 459-476. ISBN 978-9087903732

Britton, A. (2008) The CIPDE project: implications for chartered teachers. In: GTCS Annual Chartered Teacher Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 7 June 2008,

Britton, A. (2008) Review of: Roth, K. & Burbules, N.C. ‘Changing Notions of Citizenship Education in Contemporary Nation-states’. Journal of Moral Education, 37(2), pp. 257-270. (doi:10.1080/03057240802009678) [Book Review]

Carrington, B. and Menter, I. (2008) A "community of communities"? Racism, ethnicity and education in post-devolution Scotland. In: Peters, M., Britton, A. and Blee, H. (eds.) Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, pp. 231-243. ISBN 978-9087903732

Enslin, P. (2008) Between Europe and Africa: against regionalism in citizenship education. In: Peters, M.A., Britton, A. and Blee, H. (eds.) Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, pp. 491-501. ISBN 9789087903732

Enslin, P. and Tjiattas, M. (2008) Cosmopolitan Justice: Education and Global Citizenship. In: Peters, M., Britton, A. and Blee, H. (eds.) Global Citizenship Education: philosophy, theory and pedagogy. Sage: Rotterdam and Taipei.

Morrison, G. and Britton, A. (2008) Images of the teacher in The Simpsons: subversive, superficial or sentimental? In: The Teacher: Image, Icon, Identity, Glasgow, UK, 2-4 July 2008,

Preece, J. (2008) A social justice approach to education for active citizenship: an international perspective. In: Peters, M., Britton, A. and Blee, H. (eds.) Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy. Series: Contexts of Education. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 388-400. ISBN 9789087903749

2006

Britton, A. (2006) The Auld Alliance is just a shot away. TES Scotland, p. 22.

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Articles

Britton, A., Schweisfurth, M. and Slade, B. (2019) Of myths and monitoring: learner-centred education as a political project in Scotland. Comparative Education, 55(1), pp. 30-46. (doi:10.1080/03050068.2018.1541667)

Britton, A., Hunt, R. and Blee, H. (2017) Joining the dots through Scottish crofting education. Scottish Educational Review, 49(2), pp. 72-85.

Britton, A. (2016) Le chardon et la rose: Visions divergentes de la scolarté commune en Angleterre et en Écosse = The thistle and the rose: two diverging visions of common schooling in England and Scotland. Revue Internationale d'éducation Sèvres, 73,

Carroll, M., Britton, A. and Barr, I. (2010) Intercultural professional development within a virtual learning community. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 9(2), pp. 129-143. (doi:10.2304/csee.2010.9.2.129)

Britton, A. (2006) The Auld Alliance is just a shot away. TES Scotland, p. 22.

Book Sections

McKinney, S. , McAdam, J., Britton, A., Crichton, H. and Arizpe, E. (2015) Managing the learning of new arrival children in mainstream schooling: challenges for school management and curriculum leaders. In: Christopher, E. (ed.) International Management and Intercultural Communication: A Collection of Case Studies. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9781137553232

Britton, A. (2014) Education for global citizenship and sustainable development. In: Carroll, M. and McCulloch, M. (eds.) Understanding Teaching and Learning in Primary Education. SAGE: London. ISBN 9781446254820

Britton, A. (2012) The Citizenship teacher and controversial issues. In: Brown, J., Ross, H. and Munn, P. (eds.) Democratic Citizenship in Schools: Teaching Controversial Issues, Traditions and Accountability. Dunedin Academic Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781780460055

Britton, A. (2011) A School Curriculum for the Children of Space Settlers. In: Landfester, U., Schrogl, N.-L. and Worms, J.-C. (eds.) Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Series: Studies in Space Policy (5). Springer: Vienna, pp. 65-79. ISBN 978-3-7091-0279-4 (doi:10.1007/978-3-7091-0280-0_6)

Britton, A. and Blee, H. (2010) Global Citizenship and Initial Teacher Education: Tracking the Experiences of Undergraduate Students. In: Wisely, T.L.K., Barr, I.M., Britton, A. and King, B. (eds.) Education in a Global Space: Research and Practice in Initial Teacher Education. IDEAS/UKAID: Edinburgh. ISBN 978-1-899136-16-2

Arizpe, E. and McGonigal, J. (2008) Global citizens, local linguists: how migrant children explore cultural identity through vernacular texts. In: Peters, M.A., Britton, A. and Blee, H. (eds.) Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, pp. 459-476. ISBN 978-9087903732

Carrington, B. and Menter, I. (2008) A "community of communities"? Racism, ethnicity and education in post-devolution Scotland. In: Peters, M., Britton, A. and Blee, H. (eds.) Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, pp. 231-243. ISBN 978-9087903732

Enslin, P. (2008) Between Europe and Africa: against regionalism in citizenship education. In: Peters, M.A., Britton, A. and Blee, H. (eds.) Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, pp. 491-501. ISBN 9789087903732

Enslin, P. and Tjiattas, M. (2008) Cosmopolitan Justice: Education and Global Citizenship. In: Peters, M., Britton, A. and Blee, H. (eds.) Global Citizenship Education: philosophy, theory and pedagogy. Sage: Rotterdam and Taipei.

Preece, J. (2008) A social justice approach to education for active citizenship: an international perspective. In: Peters, M., Britton, A. and Blee, H. (eds.) Global Citizenship Education: Philosophy, Theory and Pedagogy. Series: Contexts of Education. Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 388-400. ISBN 9789087903749

Book Reviews

Britton, A. (2013) Review of: Meyer, H-D., & Benavot, A., ‘PISA, Power and Policy: the emergence of global education governance’. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 12(2), pp. 143-145. (doi:10.2304/csee.2013.12.2.143) [Book Review]

Britton, A. (2008) Review of: Roth, K. & Burbules, N.C. ‘Changing Notions of Citizenship Education in Contemporary Nation-states’. Journal of Moral Education, 37(2), pp. 257-270. (doi:10.1080/03057240802009678) [Book Review]

Edited Books

Wisely, T.L.K., Barr, I.M., Britton, A. and King, B. (Eds.) (2010) Education in a Global Space: Research and Practice in Initial Teacher Education. International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS): Edinburgh. ISBN 9781899136162

Research Reports or Papers

McAdam, J., Britton, A., McKinney, S.J. , Crichton, H. and Arizpe, E. (2013) L’esperienza poi nelle scuole Scozzesi. Portfolio of Integration Report. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow. (Unpublished)

McKinney, S.J. , McAdam, J., Arizpe, E. , Crichton, H. and Britton, A. (2012) Portfolio of Integration (Scotland). Project Report. Oxfam Italia. (Unpublished)

Menter, I. et al. (2010) Literature Review on Teacher Education in the 21st Century. Other. The Scottish Government, Edinburgh, UK.

Conference Proceedings

Britton, A. (2009) Developing teachers' intercultural awareness through online collaboration. In: The Learning Teacher Network 6th Annual International Conference: 'Creative Learning for a Sustainable World', Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1-3 October 2009, (Unpublished)

Britton, A. and McMahon, M. (2009) Continuing intercultural professional development: new technologies and new paradigms in teacher professional development. In: International Technology, Education and Development (INTED) Conference 2009, Valencia, Spain, 9-11 March 2009,

Britton, A. (2008) The CIPDE project: implications for chartered teachers. In: GTCS Annual Chartered Teacher Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 7 June 2008,

Morrison, G. and Britton, A. (2008) Images of the teacher in The Simpsons: subversive, superficial or sentimental? In: The Teacher: Image, Icon, Identity, Glasgow, UK, 2-4 July 2008,

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