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Thomas Morris

Personal statement

Dr. Thomas Howard Morris is a lecturer in Education and Sociology at Bath Spa University, whose research focuses on understanding how we can prepare our youth to become competent lifelong learners. Specifically, his work focuses on understanding (a) the process of facilitating self-directed learning in formal education settings, and (b) the experiential dimension of self-directed learning. This work seems important given that learning across an adult's lifespan often represents a pragmatic learning process of solving or resolving work – or life-centered problems.

Also, he is a qualified and experienced teacher. He has previously worked as a university lecturer at the University of Kaiserslautern; as a Further Education lecturer at Richmond-Upon-Thames College, London; and has teaching experience in both secondary and primary schools.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (Doctor of Education)
  • PGCE
  • MSc
  • BSc

Teaching subjects

  • Sociology in Education EDU5104
  • Changing Education EDU400
  • Dissertation Project Part 2 EDU6005/8

Research supervision

Prospective PhD Students are welcome, especially those interested in:

  • self-directed learning
  • experiential learning
  • lifelong learning

Publications

International Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Morris, T. H. (2020, in press). Creativity Through Self-Directed Learning: Three Distinct Dimensions of Teacher Support. International Journal of Lifelong Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/02601370.2020.1727577

Morris, T. H. (2019). Experiential learning - a systematic review and review and revision of Kolb's model. Interactive Learning Environments. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10494820.2019.1570279

Morris, T. H. (2019). Self-directed learning: A fundamental competence in a rapidly changing world. International Review of Education, 65, 633–653. doi:10.1007/s11159-019-09793-2

Morris, T. H: (2019). Adaptivity through self-directed learning to meet the challenges of our ever-changing world. Adult Learning, 30, 56-66. doi:10.1177/1045159518814486

Morris, T. H. (2018). Vocational education of young adults in England: A systemic analysis of teaching-learning transactions that facilitate self-directed learning. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 70, 619-643. doi:10.1080/13636820.2018.1463280 

Morris, T. H. (2018). Book review: How to teach without instructing: 29 smart rules for educators, by R. Arnold. Adult Education Quarterly, 68, 80-81. doi:10.1177/0741713617706967

Research Grants Awarded

Morris, T. H: (2019). Principle Investigator: Self-Directed Learning in a Digitized World in Germany: Exploring Inequalities due to Internet Access. TU-Nachwuchsring [Research Awards for Young Talented Scientists]. FundRef: doi.10.13039/100009044 Technische Universität Kaiserslautern: DE

Morris, T. H: (2019). Principle Investigator: Self-Directed Learning in a Digitized World Project. TU-Nachwuchsring [Research Awards for Young Talented Scientists]. FundRef: doi.10.13039/100009044 Technische Universität Kaiserslautern: DE

Books

Morris, T. H. (2019). Facilitating self-directed learning in adult and vocational education. Doctoral Dissertation. KLUEDO: Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.

Book Chapters

Morris, T. H. (2019). An analysis of Rolf Arnold's systemic-constructivist perspective on self-directed learning. In M. Rohs, M. Schiefner-Rohs, I. Schüßler, & H-J. Müller (Eds.), Educational perspectives on transformations and change processes (pp. 301-313). Bielefeld, Germany: WBW Verlag. doi:10.3278/6004599w022

Conference Presentations

Morris, T. H., Rohs, M., Scherner, C., Meilke, N. E. (2019). Poster presentation of research project. A systematic review of the typologies of self-directed adult learning. DGfE conference for adult education, Halle, Germany.

Morris, T. H. (2019). Poster presentation of research project. Experiential learning - a systematic review and revision of Kolb’s model. DGfE conference for adult education, Halle, Germany.

Morris, T. H. (2019). Defense presentation of doctoral thesis. University of Kaiserslautern. Facilitating self-directed learning in adult and vocational education.

Morris, T. H. (2018). Poster presentation at “Visions of Student Success" at the Hochschule Kaiserslautern. Morris, T. H. Vocational education of young adults in England: A systemic analysis of teaching-learning transactions that facilitate self-directed learning.

Morris, T. H. (2018). Preliminary presentation of doctoral thesis at University of Kaiserslautern research conference. Morris, T. H. Facilitating self-directed learning in adult and vocational education.

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