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Research interests

Dr Keith Turvey is Reader in Education. His research focuses on the complexity and human agency at the heart of pedagogy. He has led and collaborated both nationally and internationally, on research into innovation in teacher education, and technology supported learning. Keith is particularly interested in how digital technologies bring both opportunities and tensions to the processes of education and professional learning. His research in this area has impacted on current debates and guidance about the effective use of digital technologies during the global pandemic.

In addressing the complexities of professional learning and teacher development, Keith has developed expertise in methodological innovation, namely; narrative and life history, design-based and mixed methods of education research.

Keith has written over 20 peer-reviewed outputs in international research journals and handbooks. He contributes to academic citizenship through peer-review for a number of international research journals and has conducted workshops on academic writing and innovative methodologies for doctoral students and early career researchers. His research monograph - Narrative Ecologies; Teachers as Pedagogical Toolmakers – was published by Routledge in 2013.

Scholarly biography

Keith graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music from Dartington College of Arts (1986). On gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 1987, he began a career in primary education, working as a class teacher, and then senior teacher in various schools and roles across the South East, London and abroad, including Qatar, and Nepal (Voluntary Service Overseas). After 15 years in primary education, he joined the School of Education, University of Brighton as Senior Lecturer in 2003. In 2004, Keith completed an Advanced Diploma in Professional Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London and an MA Education at the University of Brighton. From 2006 he studied for PhD under the supervision of Professor Avril Loveless (University of Brighton) and Professor Norbert Pachler (UCL, IOE). The title of PhD was conferred in 2011 with no amendments. Keith was appointed to Reader in 2022.

Supervisory Interests

Keith is an experienced doctoral supervisor and examiner. He has conducted doctoral examinations both nationally and internationally.

Doctoral Completions

  • Practitioner perspectives on the participation rights of young children in early childhood education and care settings. Erica Evans (Completed 2021)
  • Enablers of and barriers to reading in Key Stage 3 English (ages 11 – 14): a participatory case study using Reader Response to explore reader interaction with fiction - Anne Denmead (Completed 2021)
  • Significant Turning Points in the Formations of Teacher Professional Identities in England: A Narrative Inquiry - Alexander Ramiz (Completed 2021)
  • The Phenomenon of Learning and Applying Anatomy for Podiatry Practice - Maria Birch (Completed 2020)
  • Digital Tools, Spaces and Places as Mediators of Youth Work Practice - Jane Melvin (Completed 2018)
  • Mobile Learning in Saudi Higher Education - Hayat Alajlan (Completed 2017)

Current Supervision

  • Narrative Resillience. Gabriella Benedeck
  • Narrative navigatio of former nuns: Harnessing life history to explore transgression, reflexivity and self-transformation. Karen Hanrahan: AHRC Techne Scholarship
  • Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the professional identity of Higher Education teaching staff. Craig Wakefield

Keith is interested in supervising doctoral students in various areas relating to:

  • Professional learning
  • Teacher education and development
  • Pedagogy
  • Technology supported pedagogy

Approach to teaching

In his approach to teacher education and development, Keith aims to put students' critical thinking and reflection at the centre of the process to develop their knowledge understanding and skills. He teaches on and contribute to a number of programmes in the School of Education, currently:

  • EdD Stage 1 & 2 including supervision
  • MA Education KV713: Research Project/Dissertation
  • MA Education KV741: Critival Perspective on Education (Module Leader)
  • MA Education: Research supervision
  • PGCE EP721: Professional knowledge
  • PGCE EP722: Professional Enquiry
  • PGCE EV726: Principles of Education and the Wider Curriculum
  • BA (Hons) QTS EM406: Exploring Learning and Teaching in Mathematics and Computing
  • BA (Hons) QTS EM403: Education Studies - How Children Learn
  • BA (Hons) QTS KV601: Dissertation supervision


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

Award Date: 1 Dec 2011

Master, University of Brighton

Award Date: 9 Nov 2004


External positions

External Examiner MA, St Mary's University, Twickenham

1 Sep 201431 Oct 2018

Editorial Board, Technology Pedagogy and Education

1 Sep 2014 → …


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