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Simon Brownhill

Position/Status

Senior Teaching Associate

E-mail Address

spb55@cam.ac.uk

Phone

+ 44 (0)1223 767646

Qualifications

  • EdD (Doctor of Education, University of Derby)
  • MEd (Masters in Education, University of Derby)
  • BEd (Bachelor of Education, University of Derby)

Academic/Professional Group Membership

Associate member of the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research (CEDiR) Group (University of Cambridge)

Associate member of the Education, Equality & Development (EED) Group (University of Cambridge)

Associate member of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group (University of Cambridge)

Member of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Special Interest Group Gender Balance led by Prof. Tim Rohrmann and Kari Emilsen 

Member of the British Education Research Association (BERA) (2017-18)

Joint lead of the PGCE Early Primary and General Primary Men's Support Group with Paul Warwick (University of Cambridge)

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Profile

Dr. Simon Brownhill FHEA is a Senior Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. He currently works as part of the Education Reform and Innovation team based in Trumpington House. Between 2013 and 2015 he contributed significantly as a lead trainer on the Leveled training (3, 2, 1) as part of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) programme in Kazakhstan. 

He was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences at the University of Derby. He taught on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate education-based courses, contributing heavily to the Initial Teacher Training programmes (BEd Primary; PGCE 5-11), whilst setting up and co-ordinating the PGCE 3-7 route for several years.

Prior to working in Higher Education Simon was a qualified primary school class teacher, gaining experience of teaching across the full 3-11 age range. He also worked as an Assistant Head teacher of the Early Years (3-6) in a large, culturally diverse, inner city primary school.

Significant achievements

  • Nominated as part of the Education Reform and Innovation team for a University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor's Impact Award (2017)
  • Shortlisted for a Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU) Student-Led Teaching Award (2015)
  • Keynote speaker at The 2011 International Early Childhood Studies Conference, 11 July, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia. Plenary speaker at the 14th International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning (ICTEL), 23-24 May, Lisbon, Portugal (2017)
  • Winner of a Practical Pre-School Gold Award for 100 Ideas for Teaching Physical Development (London: Continuum) (2009)

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Research Topics

His research and writing interests include self-reflection, international perspectives on reflective practice, supporting and training adult learners, education and young people in Australia, creative learning and teaching in the classroom, children's story writing, and the male role model in the early years (the focus of his doctoral thesis). He has presented his research at local, national and international conferences including Brighton, Limerick, Venice, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Porto, Budapest, Istanbul, Quebec, Lisbon, Kazakhstan and Indonesia. His infinite fascination with children’s behaviour has led him to research and write several single-authored and co-authored books on this topic.

Current Writing Project(s)

  • Research paper: Brownhill, S., Warwick, P., Brown-Hajdukova, E. and Warwick, J. (forthcoming). 'Role Model' Revisited. Paper to be submitted to Gender and Education based on findings from a collaborative Newton Trust Bid (2015-16).
  • Research Paper: Gaipov, D. and Brownhill, S. (forthcoming). An exploration of practices to support learners with EAL in Science in a Secondary school context in England. Academic journal to be confirmed.
  • Professional/academic book: Wright, D. and Brownhill, S. (forthcoming). Men in the Early Years: Building a Gender-Balanced Workforce. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd. (for a January 2018 submission)
  • Professional book: Hughes-Evans, E. and Brownhill, S. (forthcoming). Stimulating Non-Fiction Writing! Inspiring Children aged 7-11. London: Routledge. (for a September 2018 submission)

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Teaching and Examination Experience 

Supervision of undergraduate students on the The Education Tripos programme (Prelim to Part I; Foundation Course II: Language, Communication and Literacy) (2013-present).

Supervision of postgraduate students on the Masters in Primary Education programme - thesis stage (2016-17).

Teaching on the PGCE Early Primary and General Primary programme (2016-present).

Supervisor and examiner for PhD candidates from Nazarbayev University (2016-present).


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Principal and Recent Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Brownhill, S., Ungarova, T. and Bipazhanova, A. (forthcoming). ‘Jumping the first hurdle’: Framing action research questions using the Ice Cream Cone Model. Paper accepted for publication in Methodological Innovations, June 2017.

Moreau, M-P. and Brownhill, S. (2017). Teachers and educational policies: negotiating discourses of male role modelling. Teaching and Teacher Education, 67, 370-377.

Turner, F., Brownhill, S. and Wilson, E. (2017). The transfer of content knowledge in a cascade model of professional development. Teacher Development, 21(2), 175-191.

Brownhill, S. and Oates, R. (2017). Who do you want me to be? An exploration of female and male perceptions of ‘imposed’ gender roles in the early years. Education 3-13, 45(5), 658-670.

Wood, P. and Brownhill, S. (2016). ‘Absent fathers’ and children’s social and emotional learning: an exploration of the perceptions of ‘positive male role models’ in the primary school sector. Gender and Education. 

Brownhill, S. (2015). The ‘brave’ man in the early years (0-8): defining the ‘role model’. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 23(3), 370-379.   

Brownhill, S. (2014). 'Distance travelled versus the 'distance' travelled': Enhancing the student learning experience using a creative and innovative approach to tutorial organisation. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 7 (June). 

McCormack, O. and Brownhill, S. (2014). ‘Moving away from the caring’: exploring the views of in-service and pre-service male teachers about the concept of the male teacher as a role model at an early childhood and post-primary level. International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review, 2(4), 82-96. 

Brownhill, S. (2014). ‘Build me a male role model!’ A critical exploration of the perceived qualities/characteristics of men in the early years (0–8) in England. Gender and Education, 26(3), 246-261. 

Books

Denton, A. and Brownhill, S. (2018). Becoming a Brilliant Trainer: A Teacher’s Guide to Running Sessions and Engaging Learners. London: Routledge. (November 2017 publication)

Brownhill, S. (2016). Stimulating Emerging Story Writing! Inspiring children aged 3-7. London: Routledge.

Brownhill, S. (2016). Stimulating Story Writing! Inspiring children aged 7-11. London: Routledge.

Brownhill, S., Warin, J. and Wernersson, I. (eds.) (2015). Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education: International perspectives on gender and care. London: Routledge. 

Brownhill, S. (2015). The ‘brave’ man in the early years: the ambiguities of being a role model. Saarbrücken, Germany: LAMBERT Academic Publishing. 

Brownhill, S. (ed.) (2014). Empowering the Children's and Young People's Workforce. Enriching practice based knowledge, skills and understanding. London: David Fulton.

Brownhill, S. (2013). Getting Children Writing. Story Ideas for Children Aged 3-11. London: Sage. 

Bullock, E. and Brownhill, S. (2011). A Quick Guide to Behaviour Management in the Early Years. London: Sage.

Brownhill, S. (2009). 100 Ideas for Teaching Physical Development. London: Continuum. Winner of a Practical Pre-School Gold Award.

Shelton, F. and Brownhill, S. (2009). Effective Behaviour Management in the Primary School. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Brownhill, S. (2007). Taking the Stress out of Bad Behaviour. London: Continuum.

Parker-Jenkins, M., Hewitt, D., Brownhill, S. and Sanders, T. (2007). Aiming High – raising achievement of children from culturally diverse backgrounds. London: Paul Chapman/Sage.

Brownhill, S., Shelton, F. and Gratton, C. (2006). 100 Essential Lists for Managing Behaviour in the Early Years. London: Continuum.

Brownhill, S. (2006). High Frequency Fun! Nottinghamshire: TTS Group.

Book chapters

Brownhill, S. (2017). Youth migration into and within Australia. In: Brown, M. A. (ed.). The Shifting Global World of Youth and Education. London: Routledge. pp. 213-224.

Brownhill, S. (2016). Male role models in education (0-8) – an English perspective. In: Brownhill, S., Warin, J. and Wernersson, I. (eds.) (2015) Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education: International perspectives on gender and care. London: Routledge. pp. 26-35.

Brownhill, S. (2016). In: Tempany, A. And the Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain. London: Faber and Faber. pp. 176-178.

Turner, F., Wilson, E., Ispussinova, S., Kassymbekov, Y., Sharimova, A., Balgynbayeva, B. and Brownhill, S. (2014). Centres of Excellence: Systemwide Transformation of Teaching Practice. In: Bridges, D. (ed.) Educational Reform and Internationalisation: The Case of School Reform in Kazakhstan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 83-105.

Brownhill, S. (2014). 'The Researcher and the Researched': Ethical Research in Children's and Young People's Services. In: Brownhill, S. (ed.) Empowering the Children's and Young People's Workforce. Enriching practice based knowledge, skills and understanding. London: David Fulton. pp. 45-61.

Brownhill, S. (2014).  'Reflecting on Reflection': Work-Based Reflective Practice. In: Brownhill, S. (ed.) Empowering the Children's and Young People's Workforce. Enriching practice based knowledge, skills and understanding. London: David Fulton. pp. 157-173.

Hussain, D. and Brownhill, S. (2014). Integrated Working: from the theory to the practice. In: Brownhill, S. (ed.) Empowering the Children's and Young People's Workforce. Enriching practice based knowledge, skills and understanding. London: David Fulton. pp. 193-209.

Brownhill, S. (2014). Education in Australia and New Zealand. In: Brown, M. A. and White, J. (eds.) Exploring Childhood in a Comparative Context. An introductory guide for students. London: David Fulton. pp. 128-143.

Robert-Holmes, G. and Brownhill, S. (2011). Where are the men? A critical discussion of male absence in the early years. In: Miller, L. and Cable, C. (eds.) Professionalization, Leadership and Management in the Early Years. London: Sage. pp. 119-132.

Professional articles/papers

Brownhill, S. (2015). Supporting Students' Reflective Capabilities Through Self-Reflective Shapes. Conference proceedings for 'Modern Forms and Methods of Evaluation of Educational Achievements of Students: Experience and Prospects', Branch of JSC 'Orleu' Institute for Professional Development of Zhambyl Region, Taraz. The Collection (1), 12-15. 

Brownhill, S. (2015). ‘Engaging and educating, not entertaining’: Planning for active large lectures. Pedagogical Dialogue, 1(11), 80-84.

Brownhill, S. (2014). Supporting Teachers’ Reflective Practice Through The Use Of Self-Reflective Shapes. Pedagogical Dialogue, 4(10), 132-135.

Brownhill, S. (2013). We aim to please. Teach Primary, 7.8, pp. 112-113.

Reports

Parker-Jenkins, M., Hewitt, D., Brownhill, S. and Sanders, T. (2004). What strategies can be used by initial teacher training providers, trainees and newly qualified teachers to raise the attainment of pupils from culturally diverse backgrounds? In: Research Evidence in Education Library. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education.

Conferences, Presentations, Workshops and Seminars

Brownhill, S., Warwick, P., Brown-Hajdukova, E. and Warwick, J. (2017). ‘Role Model’ Revisited. Presentation given at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 5-7 September, Brighton, UK.

Brownhill, S. (2017). What questions are we asking and are they any ‘good’? Keynote presentation given at the 14th International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning (ICTEL), 23-24 May, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.

Brownhill, S. (2017). Dilemmas and decision making: the realities of undertaking ethical research. Presentation given at ‘Research Ethics: Codes, Culture and Complexity’: The IV Eurasian Research Forum 2017, March, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England.

Brownhill, S. (2017). “For the education times they are a-changin'”: What questions are being asked and are they any ‘good’? Keynote presentation given at the Structured PhD in Education
Winter School, 27 January, University of Limerick, Ireland. 

Brownhill, S. and Warwick, J. (2016). Supporting male teachers in primary schools: perceptions and issues associated with being a ‘role model’. Presentation given at UCET Annual Conference, 8-9 November, Birmingham, UK.

Brownhill, S. (2016). Men teachers as role models – are they really 'the answer'? Presentation given at Hockerill Leadership College, Hockerill Anglo-European College, 4 November, Hertfordshire, England. 

Brody, D. & Brownhill, S. (2016). Male drop-outs in ECEC. Roundtable led at Gender Balance in ECEC: new research perspectives, the EECERA 4th SIG Gender Balance Research conference, 31 August, Dublin, Ireland.

Brownhill, S., Ungarova, T. & Bipazhanova, A. (2016). ‘Jumping the first hurdle’: Framing action research questions using the Ice Cream Cone Model. Paper presented at the 2016 International Education Conference, 5-9 June, Venice, Italy.

Brownhill, S., Ungarova, T. & Bipazhanova, A. (2016). ‘Jumping the first hurdle’: Framing action research questions using the Ice Cream Cone Model. Paper presented at ‘Mind the gap’, Kaleidoscope Conference 2016, 25-26 May, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK.

Brownhill, S. (2016). Keeping the arts alive in schools. Workshop given at the NQT Professional Development Conference, 11 March, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. 

Brownhill, S. (2016). ‘If men are the answer then women are the problem!’ Questioning the call for ‘male role models’ in the early years (0-8). Keynote presentation given at 'From Philosophy to Practice through Educational Research', International Winter School, EPS Structured PhD in Education, 21 February, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Brownhill, S. (2016). The realities of being “The Man”: managing the tensions and dilemmas of ‘male presence’ in early years settings. Presentation given at the first National Men in Early Years Conference, 13 February, City College Southampton, Southampton.

Brownhill, S. (2015). Supporting Students' Reflective Capabilities Through Self-Reflective Shapes. Presentation given remotely at the Modern forms and methods of evaluation of educational achievements of students: experience and prospects Orleu conference, 29 October, Zhambyl region, Kazakhstan. 

Brownhill, S. (2015). Supporting Trainers’ Reflective Practice Through The Use Of Self-Reflective Shapes. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, 7-11 September, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest.

Brownhill, S. (2015). Supporting Trainers’ Reflective Practice Through The Use of Self-Reflective Shapes. Paper presented at Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA) 2015, 7-8 July, University of Leeds, UK. 

Brownhill, S. and Oates, R. (2015). Who do you want me to be? An exploration of female and male perceptions of ‘imposed’ gender roles in the early years. Paper presented at 10th Biennial Conference of the Gender and Education Association, 24-26 June, University of Roehampton, UK. 

Brownhill, S. (2015). ‘The fear of failure’: CoE trainers and the anxiety of ‘getting it wrong’. Presentation given at the 2015 Educational Forum for Central Asia, 25th March, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Brownhill, S. (2014). 'Reflecting on Reflection': An Exploration of Trainers' Perceptions of Reflective Practice in Kazakhstan. Presentation given as part of the Kazakhstan Programme Research Seminar Series, 27 November, University of Cambridge, UK.

Brownhill, S. (2014). Working in No Man’s Land: the ‘brave’ male educator in the early years and primary school classroom. Presentation given at the Festival of !deas, 29 October, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK.

Brownhill, S. (2014). “Is It Me?” Supporting Teachers’ Reflective Practice through Self-Reflection. Presentation given at the NIS International Conference: ‘Educational policy, practice and research’, 23-24 October, Astana, Kazakhstan.

Brownhill, S. (2014). ''Reflecting on Reflection': An Exploration of Trainers' Perceptions of Reflective Practice in Kazakhstan'. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, 1-5 September, University of Porto, Portugal.

Brownhill, S. (2014). ''Reflecting on Reflection': An Exploration of Trainers' Perceptions of Reflective Practice in Kazakhstan'. Paper presented at the European Conference on Education 2014, 9-13 July. The Thistle Brighton, Brighton, UK.

Brownhill, S. (2014). 'Right! Let's Write!' Paper presented at the 2014 Conference on Implementation Science, 28 July, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Wilson, E., Turner, F., Brownhill, S. & Sharimova, A. (2013). System-Wide Transformation of Teaching Practice in Kazakhstan; Monitoring and Evaluating Changes in the Early stages of an Intervention Programme. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, 10-13 September, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul. 

Brownhill, S. (2013). Build me a male role model! A critical exploration of the perceived qualities/characteristics of men in the early years (0 –8). Paper presented at British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Sussex, 3-5 September, Brighton, UK. 

Brownhill, S. (2013). 'Distance travelled versus the distance travelled': Using a creative approach to tutorial organisation to enhance the student learning experience within the classroom learning space. Paper presented at Subjects and Subjectivities, Edge Hill University Fifth Annual Research Conference, 9-11 July, Lancaster, UK. 

Brownhill, S. (2013). "Build me a role model!" A critical exploration of the perceived qualities/characteristics of men in the early years (0-8). Seminar presentation given at Lancaster University as part of the Department of Educational Research Seminar Series, 20 March. Video and PowerPoint slides available.

Brownhill, S. and Wilson, H. (2012). 'Distance travelled versus the distance travelled': Using a creative approach to tutorial organisation to enhance the student learning experience within the classroom learning space. Paper given at EduLearn12, 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 2-4 July, Barcelona. 

Brownhill, S. (2010). The ‘brave’ man in the early years: the ambiguities of being a role model. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association, University of Warwick, 1 – 4 September, UK.