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Mr Nick Givens

Equality & Diversity Co-ordinator, College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

 4869

 +44 (0) 1392 724869

 Baring Court BC123

 

Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Research

Research interests

‘Disruptive’ technologies - such as Additive Manufacturing (e.g. 3D printing), Synthetic Biology, Robotics and the Internet of Things- and their implications for the Design & Technology Curriculum.

The experiences in education of learners from minority groups at risk of marginalisation, e.g. learners from minority ethnic backgrounds who live and study in ‘predominantly white‘ regions and institutions.

 

Research projects

The Technology & Engineering theme of the Empowering Partnerships, Enabling Engagement Project. This is part of the RCUK- funded School-University Partnerships Initiative, and aims include

•    establishing strategic and sustainable partnerships between schools and the university,

    enabling interactions between university researchers, school students and school teachers;

•    using contemporary research in Additive Manufacturing to enhance the school Design &  Technology curriculum   

    developing researchers’ understanding of school contexts and cultures to enable them to communicate, engage and interact effectively with young people throughout their career

 

 

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Nixon D, Givens N (2011). The Comfort of Queer? Kittens, Teletubbies and Eurovision. In Downing L, Gillett, R. (Eds.) Queer in Europe. Contemporary Case Studies, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 41-56.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Givens NP (In Press). Assessment for Learning in Technology Education: learners’ understandings of assessment criteria for open-ended tasks. Research in Science & Technological Education
Givens NP, Nixon D (In Press). Ethical hindsight: what happens when educational research meets community resistance?.
Givens NP, Nixon D (In Press). ‘Not offensively gay’: can understandings from anti-racism inform deconstructions of homophobia?. Research Papers in Education
Givens N, Nixon, D. (2010). ‘Not offensively gay’: surplus visibility, and conditional enthusiasm for tackling homophobia. Gender and Education
Nixon, D. & Givens, N.P. (2007). An epitaph to section 28? Telling tales out of school about changes and challenges to discourses of sexuality. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20(4), 449-471. Full text.
Nixon D, Givens N (2004). 'Miss, you’re so gay'. Queer stories from student teachers. Sex Education, 4(3), 217-237. Full text.
Givens N, Bennett, S.L. (2004). Tentative progress in a mainly white setting: hearing from trainee teachers from ethnic minority backgrounds. Race Equality Teaching, 23(1), 39-44.
Givens N, Barlex, D. (2001). The role of published materials in curriculum development and implementation for secondary school design and technology in England and Wales. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 11(2), 137-161. Full text.

Chapters

Givens NP, Barlex D, Steeg T (2015). Developing work with disruptive technologies. In Owen-Jackson G (Ed) Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School a Companion to School Experience, London: Routledge, 3003-322.  Abstract.  Full text.
Nixon D, Givens N (2011). The Comfort of Queer? Kittens, Teletubbies and Eurovision. In Downing L, Gillett, R. (Eds.) Queer in Europe. Contemporary Case Studies, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 41-56.

Conferences

Givens NP, Barlex D, Steeg T (2013). Disruptive technologies:engaging teachers and secondary school students in emerging affordances. PATT 27 Conference. 2nd - 6th Dec 2013. Full text.
Nixon D, Givens NP (2010). Teaching queer. Eurovision, teletubbies and classroom experience. Queer in Europe. 13th - 15th Sep 2008.
Nixon D, Givens NP (2008). Find the gap: Christian and atheist deconstructions of sexualities discourse in primary education. British Educational Research Association. 3rd - 6th Sep 2008.
Givens NP (2006). ‘Not offensively gay'. Attitudes and expectations of student-teachers in England: a case for Critical Straight Studies in education?. British Educational research Association. 6th - 9th Sep 2006.
Nixon D, Givens NP (2004). An Epitaph to Section 28?. British Educational Research Association. 15th - 17th Sep 2004.
Givens NP, Bennett S (2004). ‘Keep them in Birmingham’: eleven years on. Black and minority ethnic undergraduates’ experiences, and their attitudes towards teaching as a career. British Educational Research Association. 16th - 18th Sep 2004.

Publications by year


In Press

Givens NP (In Press). Assessment for Learning in Technology Education: learners’ understandings of assessment criteria for open-ended tasks. Research in Science & Technological Education
Givens NP, Nixon D (In Press). Ethical hindsight: what happens when educational research meets community resistance?.
Givens NP, Nixon D (In Press). ‘Not offensively gay’: can understandings from anti-racism inform deconstructions of homophobia?. Research Papers in Education

2015

Givens NP, Barlex D, Steeg T (2015). Developing work with disruptive technologies. In Owen-Jackson G (Ed) Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School a Companion to School Experience, London: Routledge, 3003-322.  Abstract.  Full text.

2013

Givens NP, Barlex D, Steeg T (2013). Disruptive technologies:engaging teachers and secondary school students in emerging affordances. PATT 27 Conference. 2nd - 6th Dec 2013. Full text.

2011

Nixon D, Givens N (2011). The Comfort of Queer? Kittens, Teletubbies and Eurovision. In Downing L, Gillett, R. (Eds.) Queer in Europe. Contemporary Case Studies, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 41-56.

2010

Nixon D, Givens NP (2010). Teaching queer. Eurovision, teletubbies and classroom experience. Queer in Europe. 13th - 15th Sep 2008.
Givens N, Nixon, D. (2010). ‘Not offensively gay’: surplus visibility, and conditional enthusiasm for tackling homophobia. Gender and Education

2008

Nixon D, Givens NP (2008). Find the gap: Christian and atheist deconstructions of sexualities discourse in primary education. British Educational Research Association. 3rd - 6th Sep 2008.

2007

Nixon, D. & Givens, N.P. (2007). An epitaph to section 28? Telling tales out of school about changes and challenges to discourses of sexuality. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20(4), 449-471. Full text.

2006

Givens NP (2006). ‘Not offensively gay'. Attitudes and expectations of student-teachers in England: a case for Critical Straight Studies in education?. British Educational research Association. 6th - 9th Sep 2006.

2004

Nixon D, Givens N (2004). 'Miss, you’re so gay'. Queer stories from student teachers. Sex Education, 4(3), 217-237. Full text.
Nixon D, Givens NP (2004). An Epitaph to Section 28?. British Educational Research Association. 15th - 17th Sep 2004.
Givens N, Bennett, S.L. (2004). Tentative progress in a mainly white setting: hearing from trainee teachers from ethnic minority backgrounds. Race Equality Teaching, 23(1), 39-44.
Givens NP, Bennett S (2004). ‘Keep them in Birmingham’: eleven years on. Black and minority ethnic undergraduates’ experiences, and their attitudes towards teaching as a career. British Educational Research Association. 16th - 18th Sep 2004.

2001

Givens N, Barlex, D. (2001). The role of published materials in curriculum development and implementation for secondary school design and technology in England and Wales. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 11(2), 137-161. Full text.

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External Engagement and Impact

Advice to Government, Parliament, devolved and English regional administrations, other national, international, regional or local agencies; advice to non-government organisations and to private practice


Evidence of impact on policy and professional practice

Practices derived from my TTA /TDA-funded research to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Ethnic Teachers are:

  • cited as exemplifying innovative practice by the Equality Challenge Unit  (see www.ecu.ac.uk) and by the 2004  HEFCE Review of Good Practice in Race Equality.
  • recommended by the Multiverse Project (TDA funded web-based resources for ITE, focussing on the educational achievement of pupils from diverse backgrounds.  See www.multiverse.ac.uk)

External doctoral examining nationally and internationally

EdD, Newcastle University: 2006: Wardle, M. "The experiences of gay and lesbian teachers in secondary education: prejudice, acceptance, triumph"


Research-based contributions to practitioner and academic conferences

Presentation of findings of  TTA /TDA-funded research to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Ethnic Teachers to PENAC Conference, Exeter, March 2005: The Citizenship Challenge: Identity and Diversity in the South West

Presentation of findings of  TTA /TDA-funded research to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Ethnic Teachers to Multiverse South West Regional Workshop, March 2005: Multiverse- Exploring Diversity and Achievement.

Teaching

Design & Technology Education, and in particular, Design & Technology Initial Teacher Education and Training (GSE PG School Direct Programme)

Equality and Diversity in Education, particularly in Initial Teacher Education and Training (GSE Secondary PGCE and PG School Direct programmes)

Learning for potential careers in teaching (GSE Learning for Teaching UG modules) 

 

Modules

2018/19

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Supervision / Group

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