Jo Bowers 




Associate Dean: Enterprise

School: Cardiff School of Education
Telephone:   029 2041 6548
Room No:    C211


Research Groups:
• Pedagogy And Andragogy Research Group (PARG)

• Editor, English 4-11,
• United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)
• Welsh Representative of (UKLA)
• English Association (EA)
• Leads UKLA Children’s Literature in Education Special Interest Group (SIG)
• EA Children’s Literature in Education Special Interest Group (SIG)
• S.A.P.E.R.E. (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Society)
• Member and founder of Philosophy for Children (P4C) Network Group, Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan

Research Interests:
• Literacy
• Children's Literature
• Reading for Pleasure
• Picture books and talk
• Philosophy for Children



Books/ book chapters
Welsh Soundbites contributed to: Cremin, T. & Arthur, J. (2014) Learning to Teach in the Primary School (3rd Ed.)  Oxon: Routledge.

Other publications
PISA Training Materials, Welsh Government (2013):
Through the Magic Mirror: The World of Anthony Browne – resource pack for teachers (2012)



Strategic Insight Plan (SIP) - Exchange of knowledge between Cardiff Metropolitan University,  CEWC-Cymru and National Museum of Wales focussing upon Philosophy for Children (P4C) (March/April, 2012)

Through the Magic Mirror: The World of Anthony Browne  - A resource pack for teachers. (March/April, 2012)

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)  training packs  - Welsh Government on thinking skills and  metacognition in relation to PISA, Cardiff Met (October 2012 to April 2103) 


I am Associate Dean: Enterprise and a Principal Lecturer in Primary Education with a subject specialism of Literacy across the School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  I joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2008 and have taught across the School of Education on a variety of programmes linked to literacy and primary education to primary trainee teachers and undergraduate education and English degree students.  Prior to this appointment, I was a primary school teacher for 20 years and a Literacy Coordinator for 15 of them. I am currently the Welsh regional representative for the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) and the editor for the English Association’s Literacy journal for primary teachers, English 4-11. I have a lifelong interest in children’s literature and developing children’s reading for pleasure and currently co-leads a children’s literature Special Interest Group with two UKLA literacy colleagues.  I have recently completed a research project supporting student teachers subject knowledge of children’s literature and am involved in a research project looking at the current provision for supporting trainee teachers’ subject knowledge of children’s literature on Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes across the UK. My other main areas of interest are using philosophical enquiry to develop thinking skills and talk in the primary classroom.



• External Examiner – PGCE (Primary), Kingston University
• Registered SAPERE Philosophy for Children Trainer (P4C)
• Editor - English 4-11, United Kingdom Association (UKLA) & English Association (EA)
• Welsh Representative – UKLA 


Further Information

Current teaching:
• PGCE Primary Language and Literacy
• PGCE Primary History
• PGCE Primary Subject Specialism: English
• Masters in Education: Literacy, Numeracy and Learner Needs

Forthcoming events delivering at:
• Workshop  - ‘P4C and Literacy’ at SAPERE conference, P4C and the New Curriculum (May 2014)
• Keynote  - ‘Teachers as Readers’ at Plymouth University conference, Creative Approaches to Teaching Phonics and Reading (May 2014)
• Training - Philosophy for Children (P4C) Level 1 two-day training, Cardiff Metropolitan University (July 2014)
• Seminar – Children’s Literature in Initial Teacher Training, UKLA 50th International conference, University of Sussex, (July 2014)