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Staff Profile

Ruth Unsworth

Senior Lecturer

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I teach and research in the field of primary education. My research centres around ethnography and social research. Currently, I am leading a systematic review of the literature surrounding educational provision for refugee and asylum seeking families, contributing to the work of the Institute of Social Justice. I am also part of the International Teacher Education Research Collective (@_ITERC)- a collaboration of international researchers focused on issues surrounding teacher education.


My own teaching career has spanned state, UK independent and international sectors, including school leadership and working as a local authority Education Development Advisor. At York St John, I lead ITE primary music and teach on a wide range of ITE modules, including professional electives, core and wider curriculum modules.


As well as my work with the Institute of Social Justice and @_ITERC, other current projects include an ethnographic study using actor-network theory and concepts from literacy studies to investigate how education reform influences teachers' professional practices.