Dr Amanda Ross

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Education

I originally trained in Norfolk as a Special Educational Needs teacher in the post-compulsory, Further Education and Skills sector. I taught across a wide range of levels and subject areas, specialising in working with young adults who had challenging behaviour. As my career progressed, I held various management positions before I moved into teacher education in 2011.

I previously managed the PGCE programmes at the University of Bolton which is where I completed my PhD in 2019. I have significant experience of working with lecturers, in a range of subject disciplines and contexts in the FE and HE sector and joined Staffordshire University in 2021.

I have written several articles and authored and co-authored books and articles around the topic of education and teacher training. My interests are around motivating learners, mentorship and teacher identity.

Professional memberships and activities

Advance Higher Education

Academic qualifications

2019: PhD, University of Bolton: An investigation into the way trainee teachers develop professional identity through incidental learning that occurs in the placement

2011: MA Learning and Teaching, University of East Anglia

1999: PGCE, Nottingham Trent University

1993: BA (hons) Art Education, University of Cardiff


Special Education Needs and Inclusion

Teacher Education (post-compulsory)

Promoting Positive Behaviour 

Research interests

I have research interests in Incidental learning, Professional Identity Development and Creative Pedagogy in Practice.


I teach within the post-graduate area of the Institute of Education, specifically the Postgraduate Certificate in Education for post-compulsory pre-service and in-service teachers. 


Bacova, D., Turner, A (2022) Teacher Vulnerability in Teacher Identity in Times of Unexpected Social Change (In publication)

Wheatley, E. and Turner, A. (2022) An exploration of the effects of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities on student nurse experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. Educationalfutures, [online] Vol. 13(2). Available at: https://educationstudies.org.uk/?p=19018 [Accessed 30 Mar, 2023].

Smith, M. and Turner, A. (2022) Flipped classrooms: Action research to improve practice within an HE nursing context. Educationalfutures, [online] Vol. 13(1). Available at: https://educationstudies.org.uk/?p=17335 [Accessed 30 Mar, 2023].

Smith, M., Turner, A (2022) Flipped Classrooms. Action research to improve

practice within an HE nursing context. BERA, vol13 (1) pp.

Turner, A (2021) Professional identity development through incidental learning. A theoretical framework for teacher education, based on lived experiences. Switzerland: Palgrave publications

Turner, A (2021) Editorial: The Further Education Sector; Repurposing and the effect on teacher professionalism. Inspire FE, vol 1, (1)

Turner, A., Jumatova, A (2020) Diverse placement experiences and professional identity development. Perceptions of trainee teachers based within the post-compulsory sector. EducationalFutures, vol 10, (1)

Passmore, G., Turner, A., Prescott, J (2019) Identity, Mentorship and Teacher Retention. London: Palgrave publications

Turner, A., Telfer., S (2019) Incidental learning and story-telling in teaching and learning. Research and Practice in Adult Literacy. RaPAL, 97 (Spring). pp. 41-53

Turner, A (2018) All Aboard: A reflection on delivering a presentation at an external organisation. Journal of Learning and Student Experience.

Turner, A (2018) From disjuncture to insight. Incidental learning and the development of trainee teachers. EducationalFutures, vol 9, (2) pp. 58-81

Turner, A., Whiting, J (2014) Level 3 Award in Education and Training. London: City and Guilds

Amanda Turner - incidental learning

Amanda Turner - incidental learning


Dr Amanda Turner talking incidental learning. Challenging our notions of this form of learning as just being informal. From disjuncture to a change in practice.

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