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Mary James


Professor and Associate Director of Research until January 2014


Professor Mary James worked part-time for the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education as Associate Director of Research. She was President of the British Educational Research Association. She also did some consultancy on a negotiated basis.

From 2002 to 2008 she was Deputy Director of the UK-wide ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme and had responsibility for supporting school-based projects. In 2006 she was awarded an ESRC Programme Director's Fellowship to enable her to synthesise some programme findings and to disseminate outcomes internationally. From 2001-2005 she was also director of one of the largest TLRP projects: ´Learning How to Learn´ – in classrooms, schools and networks'. She was a member of the Assessment Reform Group from 1992 until it disbanded in 2010.

Her research interests encompassed curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in schools, and implications for teachers´ professional development, school leadership and policy frameworks.

She was a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, then Reader in the University of Cambridge School of Education from 1989 until her move to a Chair of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London (2005-2008). Previously she was a Research Fellow at the Open University. She began her career by teaching RE, English and Social Studies in three secondary schools.