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Dr Joanne Bowser-Angermann

Associate Professor
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Education and teaching
Research Supervision:

Jo has expertise in teaching and learning and excellent classroom practice. She has a vast teaching experience of all ages giving her vital knowledge on a child’s educational journey through all key stages and beyond. She is currently Director of Learning, Teaching and Assessment for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

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Jo has been teaching full time since 2006, spending six years teaching in Primary Schools.

During her teaching career, Jo has had experience of teaching pupils from all Key Stages, from KS1 children right through to students in KS4 and the post-16 sector, which has given her an excellent understanding of children’s complete educational journey. She is passionate about social justice in education and lifelong learning.

Before joining ARU, she spent three years as an Advanced Practitioner, who has been consistently graded ‘outstanding’ in her teaching, learning and assessment. She has devised her own teacher training sessions to help other teachers improve their own practice and supported her own PGCE students.

Jo now leads our PG Cert in learning and teaching, supporting new academic staff to enhance teaching and learning in higher education.

Jo is also a school governor and an external examiner for Greenwich University.

Research interests
  • Effects of educational policy on teaching and learning
  • Social justice in education
  • Student engagement and motivation to learn and the effects on student motivation
  • Effects of failure on motivation and educational journeys
  • Impact dogs and companion dogs have on well-being, anxiety, motivation and engagement in education

Jo is currently researching the effects of educational policy on teaching and learning specifically in the FE sector. She is exploring student and teacher, engagement and motivation. What is a student’s motivation to learn and what the effects on student motivation? What are the effects of failure on motivation?

She is also researching with the Veterans and Families Institute (VFI) at ARU exploring the impact of parent-child separation.

  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching (Higher Education)
  • EdD thesis title ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again: The case of GCSE resit students, teachers and policymakers in 2016-2017
  • MBA Master of Business Administration
  • MA English Language with merit, University of Essex
  • BEd with 1st class honours, University of Hertfordshire
  • Awarded the ‘Wall Hall Prize’ for outstanding academic achievement and excellent classroom practice, University of Hertfordshire
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Memberships, editorial boards
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Fellow of Chartered Management Institute CMgr FCMI