Dr Clare Brooks

    • PhD, MA, PGCE, BA(Hons)
    • Senior Lecturer in Geography Education
  • Department:
  • Summary:
    • My primary interest is in teachers' development and use of their subject knowledge and in particular how this influences their engagement with curriculum. As a geography educator, I am particularly interested in teachers engagement with geography and the field of geography education. In addition, I am interested in the process of teacher development, and how teachers grow their expertise.
  • Teaching:
    • • Programme Director, MA in Education
      • Module Leader, What is Education?
      • Module Leader, Assessment: Issues and Practice (MA in Ed)
      • Module Leader, Introduction to Social Research (MA in Ed)
      • Module Leader, Reading Research in Education
      • Tutor on MA in Geography Education.
  • Research:
  • Postgraduate Research:
    • Research interests:
      • Geography teachers' subject knowledge
      • The role of subject knowledge in teaching.

      PhD supervisor to:
      • Tricia Seow - The development of pre-service geography teachers in Singapore and how they embody their subject knowledge
      • David Mitchell - the enactment of the geography curriculum
      • Elaine Toh - school based curriculum development initiatives in Singapore
      • Lauren Hammond - Storytelling as Place-making for young people in London.
  • Professional Activities:
    • • Honorary Secretary for IGU-CGE
      • External Examiner for Durham University, MA in Education programme (2011-present)
      • External Examiner for Manchester Metropolitan University Geography PGCE (2010-present)
      • Editor of GeogEd.
  • Conferences/presentations:
    • Public lecture at The Grosvenor Centre for Geographic Education, San Marcos Texas October 2012.

      NCGE Conference in San Marcos, Texas, October 2012.

      Invited Speaker at Humanities Conference, Singapore Ministry of Education, May 2012.

      Geography Teacher Educators Conferences held in: Nottingham, 2011; Cambridge, 2010; Southport, 2009; Bristol, 2008; London, 2007; Brighton, 2006; Manchester, 2005; Lake District, 2004; Sheffield, 2003; Norwich, 2002; Liverpool, 2001.

      IGU-CGE British Sub-Committee Conferences held in London, April 2011, April 2007 and April 2004.

      IGU –CGE International Conferences held in Helsinki, 2001; Glasgow, 2004; Brisbane, 2006
      Invited Speaker at Geography Education Forum, NIE Singapore March 2010.

      AAG, Annual Conference, New York, April 2012, Washington DC April 2010, Boston April, 2008.
  • Personal Country Knowledge:
    • • Singapore.
  • Languages Spoken:
    • • French (basic)
      • Mandarin (basic).
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  • Brooks C (2013) 'Making the geography curriculum: reflections on the IGU-CGE London symposium', International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 22.1,
  • Brooks C, Brant J, Abrahams I and Yandell, J (2012) 'Valuing initial teacher education at Master's level', Teacher Development Journal
  • Brooks C (2012) 'Changing times in England: the influence on geography teachers' professional practice', International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
  • Butt, G. (ed) (2010) 'Geographical Knowledge and professional development' Brooks, C, Geography Education and the Future. London Continuum.
  • Brooks, C (2010) 'Why geography teachers' subject expertise matters', Geography 95:3, 143-148.
  • Heilbronn, R, & Yandell, J (eds) (2010) 'Learning to teach Geography' Brooks, C, Critical Practice in Teacher Education: a study of professional learning. London. Institute of Education.
  • Brooks, C (2010) 'Who are the researchers in geography education', International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
  • Brooks, C. (2009) 'Teaching Living Geography' in D. Mitchell (ed), Living Geography. Cambridge: Optima Publishing.
  • Brooks, C. (ed.) (2009) Studying PGCE Geography to Masters level. London: Routledge.
  • Brooks, C. (2009) 'Geographical Knowledge and its role in teaching', in Geography
  • Brooks, C. (2006a) 'Geographical Knowledge and Teaching Geography', in International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education 15(4), 353-369.
  • Brooks, C. (2006) 'Geography Teachers and Making the School Geography Curriculum', in Geography 91(1),
  • Brooks, C., and Hopwood, N. (2005) 'Exploring Issues of Validity in a Study of Geography Teachers' Subject Knowledge', in Research in Geographic Education 8, 59-72.