My main research interest is the development of an ecological perspective on teaching and learning, and with a particular focus on the analytical affordances of the construct of 'intentionality'. My ecological thinking draws on James Gibson, as well as later writers from the 'Connecticut school' of ecological psychology. My developing understanding of intentionality draws on the pragmatic philosophy of John Searle (see his Intentionality: an essay in the philosophy of mind), as well as phenomenological conceptualisations.
I develop my ecological perspective and view of intentionality by trying to understand the following areas of teaching and learning:
- Teaching English to Young Learners (ELT/TESOL)
- The Psychology of Language Learning
- Teacher and Professional Development (mainly focusing on ELT/TESOL contexts)
- Research and Researcher Education (not specific to any area)
- Higher Education
I am always interested in supervising well-qualified doctoral students, who have clearly developed research proposals, in the above areas of research.