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Dr Joan Mowat

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education. I joined the University in 2005 after twenty-eight years in the classroom, the last seven of which as Depute Head Teacher at Vale of Leven Academy in West Dunbartonshire. I hold the Scottish Qualification for Headship and have carried out a range of leadership roles within the School of Education, as Course Leader for the former M Ed; the MSc/MEd in Leadership and Management; and the Scottish Qualification for Headship. Together with Emeritus Professor John MacBeath of the University of Cambridge, I developed and led a new Masters-level qualification in Educational Leadership which has been highly successful in attracting students. Working with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership and colleagues from other Higher Education Institutions, I have developed Into Headship at the University of Strathclyde for which I am currently Course Leader. I played a key role in rationalising Masters-level provision across the School of Education. I also held the role of Post Graduate Research Co-ordinator with responsibility for doctoral students. I have participated within the university’s mentoring scheme as a mentor and mentee.

My PhD, ‘Teaching for Understanding within the Affective Field’, undertaken at the University of Glasgow, focuses upon the evaluation of a social constructivist approach to support children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs. This work was developed further through the award of a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to develop the approach in two Scottish Local Authorities – Falkirk and Aberdeenshire. I was then commissioned by Aberdeenshire to develop the approach across the local authority. I have undertaken consultancy work with a range of schools and local authorities. I have developed Masters-level modules focussing on understanding and responding to children with social, emotional and behavioural needs.

My research interests are broad but the principal areas relate to inclusion and leadership, with a specific focus on leadership for social justice. I was formerly an executive member of the Scottish Educational Research Council and I am currently Co-Convenor of the SERA Leadership for Scottish Education Network. I was commissioned by SCEL to write a set of research briefs. I served on the selection panel for the Academy of Social Sciences’ publication ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences no. 12: Education.’ I have worked with third sector organisations such as Character Scotland for whom I took on the role of Conference Rapporteur. I am Co-Lead for a successful bid to the Scottish Universities Insight Institute to host a series of seminars titled ‘Poverty, attainment and wellbeing: Making a difference to the lives of children and young people,’ hosted in the course of 2018-2019. This brings together the work of four universities and a range of charitable bodies and foundations. I have also been successful in gaining a book contract from Routledge entitled, ‘Equitable, inclusive and caring schools: Reconceptualising Behaviour Management to Support Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.’


Supporting the socio-emotional aspects of the primary-secondary transition for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs : affordances and constraints
Mowat Joan
Improving Schools, (2018)
Interrogating the concept of 'leadership at all levels' : a Scottish perspective
Mowat Joan G., McMahon Margery
Professional Development in Education, pp. 1-17, (2018)
'Closing the gap' : systems leadership is no leadership at all without a moral compass - a Scottish perspective
Mowat Joan G.
School Leadership and Management, pp. 1-39, (2018)
Closing the attainment gap – a realistic proposition or an elusive pipe-dream?
Mowat Joan Gaynor
Journal of Education Policy Vol 33, pp. 299-321, (2017)
Towards a new conceptualisation of marginalisation
Mowat Joan G
European Educational Research Journal Vol 14, pp. 454-476, (2015)
Examining and exploring issues of power and ethics in researching marginalised youth : the dilemmas of the practitioner researcher
Mowat Joan G.
Researching Marginalized GroupsResearching Marginalized Groups, (2015)

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Professional activities

ECER 2018
BELMAS Conference 2018
National Youth Justice Conference
BELMAS: Research Interest Group: Leadership Preparation
SERA Leadership in Scottish Education Network
Professor Greany : ‘Hierarchy, markets, networks and leadership: understanding the ‘self-improving’ school system agenda in England.’

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Scottish Universities Insight Institution Seminar Series: Poverty, attainment and wellbeing: Making a difference to the lives of children and young people
Mowat, Joan (Principal Investigator)
This seminar series brings together expertise from academia, the policy community, the third sector and a wide range of professionals to examine the intersection between poverty, attainment and mental health and wellbeing as a means of keeping understanding of the nature of the poverty-related attainment gap and potential solutions to it. It is led by the Universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh.
Period 10-Sep-2018 - 30-Apr-2019
Digital Resources Development, Scottish College for Educational Leadership (£7,584.62)
Mowat, Joan (Academic)
Period 01-Apr-2014 - 09-Jun-2014
Furthering Differentiated Practice to meet individual pupil needs
Mowat, Joan (Academic)
A programme of consultancy undertaken with Paisley Grammar School, Renfrewshire to further differentiated practice
Period 27-Feb-2012 - 28-Jun-2013
Mowat, Joan (Academic)
Period 01-Apr-2014 - 09-Jun-2014
Using Support Groups to Improve Behaviour: A Social Constructivist Approach
Mowat, Joan (Principal Investigator)
Period 16-Aug-2010 - 28-Feb-2013

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