Dr Jeff Buckles

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Education.

I have a BSc Econ in History and Politics from University College Cardiff, a PGCE (Middle Years) from North Staffordshire Polytechnic, an MA in Education Studies from Leeds University, and a Doctor of Education from the University of Hull. I have taught in Suffolk, Buckinghamshire and The East Riding of Yorkshire, having been a classroom teacher, curriculum co-ordinator, Head of Year, Advisory Teacher for PE, a Deputy Headteacher for four years and a Headteacher for seven years. I am the survivor of two OFSTED inspections.

In 2015 I was awarded the Eduards Kalve Memorial Prize in Education, an annual prize awarded by the University of Hull for the Best Research Thesis Performance in the field of Education.

My main subject interest is in values in education. Through developing the BA (Hons) Education Studies degree, I have been able to construct a programme that puts values at the heart of researching education. My current research interests are around democracy, agency and education and developing an ecological education that meets the challenges of the 21st Century.

Further information


I teach on the following modules which form part of the BA (Hons) Education Studies programme:

  • Education and Social Justice
  • Education and Development
  • Alternative Educations
  • Education and Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • Special Study
  • On the MA programme I am module leader for MED003 Global Perspectives on Education, and teach MED004 Critical Contemporary Issues in Education in a National Context.

I also teach on the Doctor of Education programme.


My current research interests are around democracy, agency and education, and developing an ecological education that meets the challenges of the 21st Century.

My Doctoral Thesis was entitled: What are the educational implications of developing a new social imaginary, brought about by the challenges to be faced in the 21st Century? Charles Taylors’ idea of the social imaginary was developed, and then applied to the environmental challenges of the 21st Century. Through this an Ecological Social Imaginary was outlined, and a form of education, Connective Education, was developed that would enable learners to hopefully meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Publications and Conferences

Education, Sustainability and the Ecological Social Imaginary Connective Education and Global Change published by Palgrave in 2018.



An Education that Meets the Challenges of the 21st Century?

Joint Consultation, York St. John University and Kaye Academic College of Education, Beersheba, Israel. May 3 - 8 2015


Framing an Ecological Social Imaginary - values for a post-modern world?

A paper presented at the 7th International Conference on the Social and Moral Fabric of the School: Educational Values for a Sustainable World. Seattle Pacific University, USA. 30 August - 1 September 2012.


Other Globalisations are available: re-establishing democracy, agency and debate.

Conference 2011: 8 - 10 July 2011 at Wyboston Lakes, Cambridge.

Theme: 'Educational Leadership in an Age of Globalisation - experiences from around the world'.

Backwards into the future - Will current curricular ideas enable pupils to meet the challenges of the 21st Century?

Presentation made at BERA Annual Conference 2011. Institute of Education. London. 6 - 8 September 2011.


What if any, are the links between state formation and professionalism?

Paper presented to The 6th International Conference on the Social and Moral Fabric of the School. York St John University, York, UK. 25 - 27 March 2010.

Off the straight and narrow: formulation a policy process that re-engages agency and democracy.

Presentation made to a BELMAS Seminar on critical approaches to policy and leadership. University of Manchester. 30 June 2010.


I have the following qualifications:

B.Sc.Econ (Wales),

M.A. Education (Leeds)

Doctor of Education (Hull)


I am a qualified teacher, with a P.G.C.E (North Staffs Poly).

I am a FHEA

I have completed a L.P.S.H.

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