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Dr Richard Greenwood

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Teaching BEd (Primary), MEd (Education Studies), PGCE Early Years, MA Early Childhood Studies
  • Coordinator Year 1 module ‘ICT in the Primary Classroom’
  • Coordinator Curriculum Studies ‘World Around Us’ 2
  • Coordinator for Year 1 PSP
  • Coordinator for MA in Outdoor Learning

External Interests / Community Service

  • Research Committee member of the Irish Association of Social, Scientific and Environmental Education (IASSEE)
  • Treasurer and committee member of the Belfast Branch of the Geographical Association
  • Member of IASSEE- Irish Association for Social, Scientific and Environmental Education

Research Interests

  • Research on attitudes of Teacher Education students to the school subjects of History, Geography and Science Implementation of the NI Curriculum- ‘connected learning’, teachers’ attitudes
  • Significant Life Experiences/ Formative memories
  • Enquiry-based learning
  • Outdoor learning

Background & Qualifications

  • Teacher in three Belfast primary schools 1982-1990
  • MEd QUB Primary Education 1988
  • MPhil QUB Physical Geography
  • PhD Queen’s University, Belfast 2012
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles

Greenwood, R (2019) Pupil involvement in planning topics using KWL grids: opinions of teachers, student teachers and pupils. Educational Studies 45 (4) 497-519.

Greenwood, R, Richardson, N and Gracie, A (2017) Primary Humanities – a perspective from Northern Ireland.  Education 3-13 Special Edition 45 (3) 309-319.

Book chapter

Greenwood, R (2019) Geography in Your Curriculum. In: Leading Primary Geography by Tessa Willy (Ed.) Sheffield: Geographical Association.

Greenwood, R (2017) Teaching student teachers about development issues – Is it possible to avoid stereotype and prejudice? In: Catling, S (Ed.) Reflections on Primary Geography. Sheffield: Register of Research in Primary Geography.

Greenwood, R (2017) Playful Learning in Natural Outdoor Environments. In G Walsh, D McMillan and C McGuinness (Eds.) Playful Learning and Teaching.  London: Sage 116-132.

Periodical Articles

Greenwood, R (2019) KWL Grids: Pupil Voice in Action. Primary Geography 98 Spring 2019, pp7-8.

Greenwood, R (2017) A Woodland ‘What If…?’  Primary Geography 94, 22-24.

Conference proceedings and papers

Greenwood, R (2017) Teaching student teachers about development issues – Is it possible to avoid stereotype and prejudice? In: Catling, S (Ed.) Reflections on Primary Geography. Sheffield: Register of Research in Primary Geography.