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Thinking Schools @Exeter Team

TS@Exeter is coordinated by a core team of staff based within or affiliated with School of Education.

Director & Assessor

Dr Judith Kleine Staarman

Judith is a Senior Lecturer in Education, her research focuses on understanding the social, discursive and temporal nature of teaching and learning processes. She undertakes research into the role of dialogue for teaching and learning, in particular through and around interactive technologies.  Judith also leads on the Master's programme specialism in Technology, Creativity and Thinking.


Professor Vivienne Baumfield

Vivienne is Professor of Professional Learning, her research focuses on the interaction of research, policy and practice when university-based researchers work with practitioners in the creation and translation of knowledge across contexts.   This interest is linked to the wider issue of understanding the relationship between theory and practice in professional learning and is grounded in a perspective derived from pragmatism.  


Associate Professor Shirley Larkin

Dr. Shirley Larkin is an Associate Professor, her research focuses on metacognition and self regulated learning particularly but not exclusively in primary education. Research projects have included metacognition and science education, metacognition and writing, metacognition and religious education and metacognition and TESOL.


Professor Li Li

Li is Professor of Language Education in the School of Education, and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement for the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Educated in China and UK as an applied linguist, she has been involved in English language teaching and research for nearly twenty years.  Her research areas include cognition and language, thinking skills, interaction and technology.  


Associate Professor Taro Fujita

Taro is an Associate Professor in mathematics education. He trained as a primary and secondary school teacher in Japan, and completed his PhD at the University of Southampton. His current research interests include the history of mathematics education, the teaching and learning of geometry in lower secondary schools, deductive reasoning and intuitive skills in geometry and the use of technology in mathematics education.  His latest research project is looking to develop a group thinking measure using mobile technology.

Affiliate & Assessor

Dr Dave Walters

Dave is a former secondary school deputy head in an 11-19 community college in the South West of England where he was responsible for assessment, evaluation, monitoring, professional development and interventions (attainment, progress and behaviour). He has over 25 years teaching experience in the secondary sector along with over 20 years in higher education. His research interests are in the areas of learning, teaching, assessment, evaluation, leadership, cognitive education and ‘living theory’ approaches to action research.


Ms Jo Smithson

Jo has been an administrator supporting the School of Education for a number of years, working closely with research centres and networks affiliated with TS@Exeter.  In addition to supporting TS@Exeter, Jo's substantive role is in provding business and operational support to the Head of the School of Education and wider departmental leadership team and organising the SoE Lecture Series.