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Caroline Colfer

Senior Lecturer

Marjon Teacher Education Partnership

01752 636700 Ext:5647

ccolfer@marjon.ac.uk


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Qualifications

  • M.Ed Distinction
  • B.Ed Hons Distinction in Teaching Practice
  • FHEA


Teaching

  • Design & Technology Subject Lead
  • PGCE Module Leader for GNP M02, SDT M02, GNP M03 and SDT M03
  • Professional Studies Tutor B.Ed.
  • School Direct Tutor


Publications

Publications:

Colfer, C (2017) Exploratory and Dialogic Talk and Creative Learning. In Benson, C. & Lawson, S. Teaching Design and Technology Creatively.  London: Routledge.

Colfer, C. (2014) Mechanisms employed by primary school children to establish and maintain collaboration and achieve exploratory talk to enable enhanced problem-solving. In Middleton, H.(Ed.) Technology Education: Learning for Life. 8th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research, Vol.1, 28-37; Griffith University, Australia.

Design and Technology in the Inspire Curriculum, Published by Cornwall Learning 2013. Sole author of design and technology schemes of work for Key stages 1&2.

C Colfer, C. (2012) Developing A Philosophy of Teaching and Learning. Masters Level Module was sold to Mid Somerset Consortium and chosen as lead 30 credit module on M.Ed.

Colfer, C. (2011) What types of talk are boys and girls using when engaged in a collaborative design and technology task? In Stables, Benson & de Vries (Eds.) Perspectives on Learning on Design &Technology Education 2011, 113-127, London: Goldsmiths University of London.

Fisher, A. & Colfer, C. (2009) Understanding the Role of Talk for Learning in Reading and Design and Technology. In The Changing Landscape of Literacy-Building Best Practice. 32 nd Annual Conference, 84-95.Reading Association of Ireland: Dublin.

Colfer, C. (2007) Analysing Language along Three Dimensions, Descriptive, Reflective and Speculative: Preparing Teachers for the Future. Presentation given at 15th European Conference on Reading, Berlin, 2007 Annual Conference Papers

Visiting Author Tony Mitton (2004) Article for Plymouth Literacy Newsletter distributed to Plymouth primary schools.

Literacy planning published in Planning for Writing (2002) as exemplar material and sent to all primary schools in Plymouth

Conference papers:

Colfer, C. (2014) Mechanisms employed by primary school children to establish and maintain collaboration and achieve exploratory talk to enable enhanced problem-solving. In Middleton, H.(Ed.) Technology Education: Learning for Life. 8th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research, Vol.1, 28-37; Griffith University, Australia.

Colfer, C. & Fisher, A. (2011) Dealing with Disagreement: Conflicting Views and Challenges to Understanding and Culture: opening Dialogic Spaces for Primary Pupils and Pre-Service Teachers. Urban Education.  Freie University. Berlin.

Colfer, C. (2011) Achieving Exploratory Talk: Going beyond ‘ground rules’; how primary children established and maintained exploratory talk in collaborative groups. Bera Annual Conference. Institute of Education, Institute of Education, London.

Colfer, C. (2011) What types of talk are boys and girls using when engaged in a collaborative design and technology task? In Stables, K., Benson, C. & de Vries, M. (Eds.) Perspectives on Learning on Design &Technology Education 2011, 113-127, London: Goldsmiths University of London.

Colfer, C. and Fisher, A. (2009) Understanding the Role of Talk for Learning in Reading and Design and Technology. In The Changing Landscape of Literacy-Building Best Practice. 32nd Annual Conference, 84-95. Reading Association of Ireland: Dublin, 2009.

Colfer, C. & Fisher, A. (2009) Across the great divide: Dialogue in design and technology and guided reading. Presentation given at 3rd Annual Teaching and Learning Conference: University College Plymouth St Mark and St John 2009

Colfer, C. (2008) Do Boys and Girls Talk Differently? Presentation given at 5th Annual Inclusion Conference: Understanding and Managing Difference. University College Plymouth St Mark and St John 2008

Colfer, C. (2007) Analysing Language along Three Dimensions, Descriptive, Reflective and Speculative: Preparing Teachers for the Future. Presentation given at 15th European Conference on Reading, Berlin, 2007 Annual Conference Papers


Expert Membership of professional bodies

Design and Technology Association

Fellow of HEA


Roles on external bodies

  • External Examiner at St Mary’s University, London for PGCE (2017-2021)
  • External Examiner at Roehampton University for BA (QTS) with Design and Technology (2014-2018)


Other Interests

Argentine Tango, Swimming, Pilates, Walking, Skiing & Travel.

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