I am an experienced Principal Lecturer with a history of working in higher education in England and Wales and developing international links.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends; walking, going to the theatre and planning holidays. I have recently taken up pilates. In the past I have been a member of various clubs and voluntary organisations including my local rowing club and the Samaritans.
I moved into education following a career in the civil service, where I spent some time as a staff trainer. My career in education has taken me from primary school teacher and deputy headteacher, to HE. At the outset I felt that I wanted to inspire those I taught, to instil a sense of curiosity about the world. I wanted to make a difference. I still feel that now. It is important to be passionate and to develop different approaches to teaching in order to inspire the learner. I hope that my teaching reflects these values.
I prefer a dialogic approach to teaching which means that I provide opportunities for talk/discussion to both stimulate and extend students' thinking. I also like to provide opportunities for role-play and experiential learning.
Thesis Title: Listening to boys write: an exploration of the complex relationship between 10 year-old boys' writing practices and their evolving identities.
I have taught and managed 'literacy' related units on the BA Primary Education (QTS), including English Specialism. I have also taught 'research methods' and 'policy and practice' units to foundation degree students studying for a top-up degree at level 6.
I currently teach on our Part-time Masters Programme, which is a professional development programme for those working in the education sector. I am involved with two units; 'mapping the territory' and 'specialist supported project'.
I have a developing Post-graduate supervision commitment. This ranges from supervising Masters dissertations to Doctor of Education theses.
I am currenty an external examiner for the University of Chichester, BA Primary Education, English Specialism.
My research interests are related to literacy and identity development. I draw on sociocultual theories and narrative inquiry methodology.
A. Wilson, J. Scanlon (2013). Supporting Reading. Routledge.
A. Wilson (2011). Language Knowledge for Primary Teachers. Routledge.
R. Dann, J. Basford, C. Booth, R. O’Sullivan, J. Scanlon, et al. (2019). The impact of doctoral study on university lecturers’ construction of self within a changing higher education policy context. Studies in Higher Education. 44(7), pp.1166-1182.
J. Scanlon (2006). Literacy for life: the world of signs and symbols. In: Unlocking Literacy A Guide for Teachers. Abingdon: David Fulton Publishers, pp.205-205.
J. Scanlon (2017). Curriculum Development and School Culture – a University Perspective.
J. Scanlon ‘How Boys Make Sense of Themselves as Writers - an International Context’. Bridgewater State University, MA, USA, 18/11/2016.
R. Dann, JM. Basford, J. Scanlon, C. Woodfine, C. Booth, et al. (2016). Developing ‘facilitated collaborative auto-ethnography’ to build research culture, confidence and capability within Higher Education. BERA Conference, Leeds,
J. Scanlon 'Pre-adolescent boys' writing practices: a blurring of oral and literate modes. Leeds, UK, 13/9/2016.
J. Scanlon Pre-adolescent Boys and their Developing Identities as Writers - Understanding this Problematized Group. Rethymno, Crete, Greece, 18/6/2016.
J. Scanlon How boys make sense of themselves as writers. Manchester Metropolitan University (Cheshire Campus), 9/6/2016.
R. Dann, J. Scanlon Exploring the shifting identities of HE lecturers who are completing doctoral awards. Budapest, 7/9/2015.
UN Universal Children’s Day Conference at Bridgewater State University,Massachusetts, USA.
Paper Title: How Boys Make Sense of Themselves as Writers
I currently review literacy related articles for the journal 'Education 3-13'.
SuMan Education Ltd. - Manage a project that offers professional development workshops to teachers, university lecturers and government officials from Jiangsu Province, China.
Develop a closed summer school for teachers from Nigeria.
I have recently been invited to join the governing body at Ellesmere College, Shropshire.