I have been directly involved in education and learning at many levels for the past 20 years. Previously, I spent a decade working as a nurse in the UK National Health Service, during which time I supported and guided many learners and new colleagues.
My experience of working with learners spans from nursery and infant school settings to further education, higher education, adult education and professional work-based learning. This experience has taught me that people learn best when they have meaningful questions and personal challenges to address. Individuals and communities of practice construct their knowledge by interacting with the world and actively making sense of things.
In my doctoral studies, I sought to understand the personal, lived experiences of nurses who mentored student nurses. Most recently, I have developed expertise in designing e-learning materials to make explicit the academic and practical skills students are learning and applying.
My publications offer a glimpse of my recent academic endeavours, in which I have explored the phenomenology of Martin Heidegger, researched mentorship issues, and investigated the experiences of distance learners. I now work in a range of domains, especially health, biological science, and social science.