Chris joined the University as a lecturer in Primary education and has since held the positions of Director of Studies for ITE and Head of Primary ITE. Her research interests cover the area of special needs and management alongside the area of initial teacher training. She was part of the School of Education team responsible for the DfES Transforming the School Workforce Pathfinder Evaluation Project and is particularly interested in the roles and responsibilities of SEN support staff. Her doctoral thesis evaluated the role of the SENCO in primary schools. Chris has also supported the British University in Dubai in setting up their teacher training programme and is currently undertaking joint research relating to children’s career aspirations.
In June 2015, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA); the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.
Chris’s current position as Deputy Head of Department involves strategic planning for the area of Initial Teacher Education alongside teaching on the Primary PGCE programme and working in partnership with schools in the supervision of trainee teachers. She also teaches on the Med Teaching studies programme and supervises both MEd and PHD students.
Chris has been awarded a University of Birmingham Teaching Fellowship for 2013/14 to advance her work with the development of international programmes.
CA Szwed, L Kadiwal. (2011) Selective cosmopolitanism ‐ a transference study, Submitted to Comparative Education.
Szwed, C. (2010) Gender balance in ITE - some current perspectives. Journal of Education for Teaching, Vol 36, 3, 303-317
Szwed C. (2007) Remodelling policy and Practice: the challenge for staff working with children with special educational needs, Educational Review, 59, No 2, pp 147-160.
Szwed C. (2007) Reconsidering the role of the primary SENCO- policy, practice and future priorities British Journal of Special Education. 34. No2 pp 96-138
Szwed C (2007) Managing from the Middle: Tensions and Dilemmas in the role of the Primary SENCO School leadership and management 27. 5 pp 437-451
Szwed C., F Jones, K Jones (2001). The SENCO as Teacher and Manager, London, David Fulton, ISBN: 1853467138.
AC Lance, SG Rayner, and Szwed CA ( 2007) Challenging and changing role boundaries in Modernising schools: people, learning and organisations, London, Continuum.
EA Potts, SG Powers, SG Rayner, RJD Rutherford, ID Selwood, CA Szwed et al (2004.) The Evaluation of the Transforming the School Workforce Pathfinder Project, Department for Education and Skills. Research Report 541, London, DfES
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