Department:School of Education & Social Care
Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Naomi is interested in Learning and Teaching within a university and particularly in the way that the first year experience of higher education can be developed for an improved student experience.
Naomi began her university education through the Open University as a mature student and on successful completion of her degree she began teaching an evening class. This subsequently developed into full-time teaching of groups of mixed mature and younger student groups. She developed an interest in the experience of students during their first year of higher education, and in developing ways that the teaching and learning strategies could be improved to ensure that the experience was engaging and satisfying.
Naomi has an interest in the experiences of mature students in a learning environment and in particular how they need to maintain their family commitments as they manage their study life. These mature students also developed her interest into the way that gender shapes their view of themselves and the way that society demands that they maintain a particular view of themselves within the context of the family.
Naomi teaches both MA and BA social work students primarily knowledge evidence and practice, research methods, the undergraduate major project and MA Dissertation. The knowledge, evidence and practice module considers the different forms of knowledge, how they can be used within social work practice and how research knowledge is developed through empirical research. The skills of analysis developed in this module are then applied to both the undergraduate major project and dissertation skills.