After careers in secondary school teaching and journalism, Ian is now the lead English tutor on the University of Oxford PGCE programme and a lecturer on the MSc in Learning and Teaching at the Department of Education. In his research work Ian is particularly interested in the pedagogy of English teaching; Vygotsky’s concepts of the Zone of Proximal Development and mediated activity in the development of pupils’ learning; and sociocultural theory and the role of the teacher educator.
From 2000 to 2007 Ian worked in collaboration with other teachers and researchers on the InterActive Education Project (University of Bristol) on the role of ICT in the classroom. He held DfES Best Practice Research Scholarships from 2000-2004. Ian has presented talks on his research at the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford, at conferences held by ISCAR and CAL and at various forums for secondary school teachers. At Oxford he is a member of the Oxford Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research (OSAT).