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Q&A with Professor Dominic Wyse

Dominic is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education and is the current President of the British Educational Research Association (2019-21).

What does your role involve?
As Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education, I am involved in various research, teaching, and enterprise activities, particularly those to do with my special interests of curriculum, writing, reading, literacy, and creativity. I am also the Founding Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 Years).

What's the most important thing you've learned from your students about the subject you teach?
I am fascinated by how different groups of students respond to the content and activities we present to them. No matter how experienced you are as a lecturer and teacher you continue to reflect on your teaching experiences, and hopefully improve them.

What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?
My first research project was about the teaching of writing, and was carried out for an MPhil. I was fortunate to publish the findings in a book (this is unusual for Master's level research).

More than twenty years later I finished a three year longitudinal research project on young people's writing and creativity. This work informs one of the chapters in a book on writing, ‘How Writing Works: From the Invention of the Alphabet to the Rise of Social Media', published by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Dominic Wyse explains how we can improve students’ English skills without losing core assessments.

What would it surprise people to know about you?
I have considerable knowledge and expertise about food and cooking. I have been a professional musician at various points in my life.

What other piece of research outside of your own subject area interests you?
There are too many to choose! One of these at the moment is a book about The Rosetta Stone.