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Dr Colin Clarke

Senior Lecturer

I have worked at Kingston University since August 2013 and I am currently a senior lecturer in higher education. I am the course leader for the Learning and Teaching Postgraduate Certificate, and have responsibility for the development and presentation of CHERP short courses. In addition, I am a member of the Centre of Forensic Interviewing, University of Portsmouth. My current teaching focuses on facilitating colleagues' development of their teaching practice, and the development and assessment of students' critical thinking.

I have been working in higher education since 1995 and have previously, held a number of academic and research posts with the Open University, University of Portsmouth and Westminster University. These appointments afforded for me opportunities to teach a variety of topics including psychology – communication, developmental, forensic; criminology – miscarriages of justice; and practical communication skills – forensic interviewing, consultation skills.

My eclectic experience as a student and teacher have engendered a deep interest in developing students as independent critical learners, and the implementation of digital media to enhance their learning experience. In 2009 I was awarded the University of Portsmouth, Foundation Direct Prize for innovation in the development of pedagogic practice for the delivery of foundation degrees for the innovative use of recorded simulations to enhance students' reflections.

I have wide experience of managing projects and leading teams in law enforcement, health care and education settings. This has included managing research projects and oversight responsibility for projects funded under an internal grant scheme, and the management of an international research project, in Australia and the UK. Leadership has been a key feature of this work, by inspiring colleagues to integrate new activities into their practice, developing team activities to explicate a shared understanding of critical thinking and motivating team members to complete tasks. My activities in this area have been enriched by facilitating managers to understand their own leadership styles using psychometric testing ie NEO-PI-R, Leadership Judgement Indicator (LJI).

Additionally, I have been afforded opportunities to provide consultancy in course development and design, designing research projects, the assessment of work-based learning and the transference of learning.

Qualifications and memberships

  • Chartered scientist, British Psychological Society
  • Level A and B Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing, British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Pubic Policy PhD, University of Portsmouth

Research interests

My primary research interest concerns the development of forensic interviewing skills. This work has been supported by two Home Office research awards and was the focus of my doctoral research that examined the transference of learning, (PEACE interviewing training to improve police officers practice); supervised by Dr Becky Milne, University of Portsmouth. This research (Clarke & Milne, 2001; Clarke, Milne & Bull, 2011) laid the foundation for current policy pertaining to the development of police interviewing skills in several countries, including the UK, and is cited by the University Alliance as an example of research impact. I recently updated this work in relation to interviewing suspects of crime (Clarke & Milne, in press) and maintain an interest in investigative interviewing, particularly in relation to individual differences, and an interviewers' behaviour when conducting interviews.

The eclectic nature of my experience has resulted in a broad range of research interests including (but not limited to) the transference of learning to the workplace (Eales-Reynolds & Clarke, 2012), customer care and patient safety (Clarke & Eales-Reynolds, 2015), the implementation of technology enhanced learning eg using video recordings to support reflection, online tool use for developing student critical thinking skills (Gilham et al, 2012; www.aacts.ac.uk), and the development/assessment of students' critical thinking skills.

Since 2012, my research has focused on the understanding and development of critical thinking by students and academics in higher education. Using a combination desktop and primary research collected as part on an international study, I have been involved in the development of an online tool for scaffolding students' development of critical thinking (www.critica.ac.uk). The findings of this research will be published as a book towards the end of 2015.

Publications

Publications include monograms and conference/keynote presentations – read more in Kingston University's Research Repository (a digital archive of published research produced by Kingston University staff and researchers).

Contact details

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Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5645

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Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5645

Contact us

Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice
Kenry House
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston University
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5645

Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice