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IOE academics awarded for their journal articles

14 March 2022

Dr Christine Callender and Dr Sam Sims from IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, have won 2021 BERJ Editors’ Choice Awards for their journal articles.

Dr Sam Sims and Dr Christine Callender

The IOE papers were two of five winning articles selected by the editorial team of the British Educational Research Journal (BERJ) and the British Educational Research Association (BERA).

The winners were chosen due to being “examples of innovative scholarship on important issues for educational practice and the field of educational research itself”.

Dr Callender’s article examines how black male teachers are characterised and constructed in white education spaces. It uses counter-storytelling, a tenet of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and intersectionality theory, to explore the gendered and racialised experiences of David (the main character) and draws attention to processes of exclusion, othering and surveillance. By using interview and documentary data, Dr Callender illuminates the institutional processes of overt and covert racism, as well as racialised and gendered stereotyping. David’s story reveals how his voice is muted as it is woven into normalised school processes resulting in othering, hyper-surveillance and the deployment of disciplinary power.

Dr Sims’s article looks at the relationships between teacher working conditions, job satisfaction and teachers’ desire to leave their school. It uses representative data on state secondary school teachers in England in 2013. The study finds that teachers are much more satisfied with their current job if the leadership is supportive, if they have received training in the specific subjects they are assigned to teach, and where there is good scope for career progression within the school.

Dr Christine Callender said: “I am delighted to have received this award, I am thankful too to the black male teachers who trusted me to narrate their experiences.”

Dr Sam Sims said: “It’s wonderful to have my PhD research recognised in this way. Thanks to everyone who mentored me during my doctoral studies.”