Karen is a qualified nurse and nurse tutor, she is also a qualified teacher in the post compulsory education sector. She has worked for 20 years in a variety of public and service sector organisations where she held various leadership and management roles. In particular, she has worked in the prison service, health service and carried out a seried of crisis management projects for Norfolk Health Authority. Following on from her work in organisational management she worked in Norwich City college of further and higher education as curriculum manager in the school of health, nursing and social care, where she led on several work-based education programmes. Following a short spell at West Cheshire college of further education where she was Head of Work Based learning in the school of health and education, in 2009 she joined Edge Hill University as Principal lecturer for CPD and partnership development. She played a key role in the development of CPD outreach centres in Cheshire and Shropshire. Karen then move to MMU and has worked extensively on the development of the Masters in Teaching and Learning and on the development of quality strategies across the Faculty of Education. Karen currently is involved in developing enterprise and CPD opportunities with partners across the North West from the Manchester site, and across Cheshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire from the Crewe site.
Her teaching commitments focus on post graduate CPD programmes, including Masters Degree in Education Leadership and Management, Masters degree in Education studies. She also supports teaching in the development of their dissertations and Doctoral theses.
Karen has recently developed the MMU CPD network which is a multi-professional development network that enables schools, colleges, early years settings and other organisations to 'learn together'. The CPD Network provides learning workshops that take place within the organisation, the themes of which are determined by the needs of the workplace/setting.
My current teaching is focussed on Education leadership and management, and research skills. I teach on the Masters degree in Leadership and Management and also the MA in Education studies. I also supervise Masters degree students during their dissertation and Doctoral students during their thesis.
My own particular research, academic and enterprise interests include investigating different approaches to work based CPD. I am also interested in professional identity, power and status and how this is affected by qualification and development. I am particularly interested in the use of the work place as an appropriate area for Masters level learning. I am therefore interested in how higher level apprenticeships will be developed in the sector.
I am a qualified Registered General Nurse
I am also a qualified Nurse Tutor
I am a qualified Hospital Prison Officer
I have the following academic qualifications:
BSc ( Hons) Nursing Studies (2:1)
Certificate in Education
Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Management
Doctorate in Education.
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
I have recently been the External Examiner for the Masters Degree in Education at the University of Brighton.
I am currently the External Examiner for the Masters Degree in Professional Development at the University of Glasgow.
I am currently the External Examiner for the BA Education with QTS for Liverpool Hope University.
I am interested in work-place learning, in particular in schools and colleges. My own research is around the various methods of professional learning in the workplace in terms of how professional development is influenced by power, identity and status.
As the Government agenda for Apprenticeships gathers momentum this area of study is becoming more popular with school managers and senior staff, who find studying a Masters degree together and sharing experiences valuable and thought provoking.
I am currently the External Examiner for the University of Glasgow, where I examine the Masters Post graduate Diploma with QTS.
I am also the External Examiner for Liverpool Hope University, where I examine the Network of Hope (BA Ed with QTS).
I have research experience in using ethnographic methodology to investigate teachers` approach to their CPD.
I have carried out case study research into teachers` use of work-based Masters level CPD.
K. Castle (2010). Study Skills for your Masters in Teaching and Learning. SAGE.
K. Castle Interpretations from the workplace of an education degree apprenticeship programme. British Journal of Educational Studies.
K. Castle, L. Bianchi Establishing the role of school based action research mentors. British Journal of Educational Studies.
K. Castle, G. Pieser, L. Smith (2014). Teacher development through the Masters in Teaching and Learning: A lost opportunity. Journal of Education for Training. Autumn(Special Edition), pp.29-37.
K. Castle, G. Peiser, E. Smith (2013). Teacher development through the Masters in Teaching and Learning: A lost opportunity. Journal of Education for Teaching. 39(1), pp.30-38.
K. Castle (2011). Power and Status Theories in Teachers' Professional Development. pp.47-59.
K. Castle (2013). Managing Change. In: Supporting Every Child. SAGE,
K. Castle, L. Smith The MTL: a lost opportunity for teachers. Aston University. Birmingham, 14/5/2015.