Dr Joan Mowat

Senior Lecturer

Education

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.’

Publications

Management in education : reflective piece draft guidelines
Mowat Joan, Jopling Michael
Management in Education, pp. 1-2 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1177/0892020619879576
New directions in headship education in Scotland
Mowat Joan
Teacher Learning (2019) (2019)
Poverty, Attainment and Wellbeing : Making a Difference to the Lives of Children and Young People : Research Brief : Schools Focus
Mowat Joan, Macleod Gale
(2019)
Poverty, Attainment and Wellbeing : Making a Difference to the Lives of Children and Young People : Research Brief : Policy Community Focus
Mowat Joan, Macleod Gale
(2019)
Poverty, Attainment and Wellbeing : Making a Difference to the Lives of Children and Young People : Key Recommendations
Mowat Joan, Macleod Gale
(2019)
Poverty, Attainment and Wellbeing : Making a Difference to the Lives of Children and Young People : Final Project Report
Mowat Joan, Macleod Gale
(2019)

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Professional activities

Presentation to Scottish Government
Speaker
13/8/2019
Tackling child poverty
Recipient
8/2019
Mind the gap: why equality and inclusion are key to attainment
Recipient
19/7/2019
Editorial Board Meeting (Event)
Peer reviewer
15/7/2019
Meeting with Education Scotland
Contributor
28/6/2019
Examination of PhD Thesis
Examiner
6/2019

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Projects

Scottish Universities Insight Institute Seminar Series 'Poverty, attainment and wellbeing: Making a Difference to the Lives of Children and Young People
Mowat, Joan (Principal Investigator) Macleod, Gale (Principal Investigator)
Seminar Series funded by SUII with a grant of £19,400. Jointly led by the University of Strathclyde and Edinburgh with participation from the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian; five 3rd sector organisations and two local authorities.
03-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2019
Digital Resources Development, Scottish College for Educational Leadership (£7,584.62)
Mowat, Joan (Academic)
01-Jan-2014 - 09-Jan-2014
Account Name: DEVELOPING THE SCOTTISH COLLEGE FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP Account Number: 15401 SA1231
Mowat, Joan (Academic)
01-Jan-2014 - 09-Jan-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
27-Jan-2012 - 28-Jan-2013
Using Support Groups to Improve Behaviour: A Social Constructivist Approach
Mowat, Joan (Principal Investigator)
16-Jan-2010 - 28-Jan-2013

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