Research Groups:• Education and Social Research Group (ESRG)
Memberships:• Editor, English 4-11,• United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)• Welsh Representative of (UKLA)• English Association (EA)• 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)
Research Interests:• Literacy• Children's Literature and reading for Pleasure:
• Picture books and talk• Philosophy for Children
Editor and contributor of English 4-11:
http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/english-association/primary/english-4-11 https://ukla.org/publications/english-4-11Bookshop Memories Revisited: In favour of small independent bookshops (2016)
http://www.letterpressproject.co.uk/media/file/BMLetterpressFinal.pdf Welsh Soundbites contributed to: Cremin, T. & Arthur, J. (2014)
Learning to Teach in the Primary School (3rd Ed.) Oxon: Routledge.
Bowers, J. and Davis, S. (2013)
Why teachers should read more children's books. Available at:
http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/jul/25/teachers-read-more-childrens-books Accessed on 24.02.14
PISA Training Materials, Welsh Government (2013):
http://learning.wales.gov.uk/learningpacks/pisa/?lang=enThrough the Magic Mirror: The World of Anthony Browne – resource pack for teachers (2012)
Research & Enterprise: Funded Projects
Research & Enterprise: Project Management Activity
Jo is Associate Dean for Enterprise and Principal Lecturer in the School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Jo Bowers graduated from the Cardiff University in 1987 with a degree in English Literature and Archaeology. From there she went on to work in the National Museum of Wales in an interactive exhibition for a year, taking primary school children through hands-on activities to bring Welsh History to life. It was this experience that led Jo to apply for a postgraduate degree in Primary Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University (then known as UWIC). While waiting to start her teaching degree, Jo worked in a bookshop. Jo graduated as a primary teacher in 1990 and worked as a classroom teacher for twenty years, fifteen of these as a Literacy Coordinator and ten as part of a senior management team within the school. During these years she also gained a Language Diploma from Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) and registered qualified trainer status in Philosophy for Children (P4C). For the last three years of her time as a primary school teacher Jo worked part-time in school and the rest of the time ran her own business as a freelance literacy consultant and part-time lecturer.
Jo joined the School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2008 and has taught across the School on a variety of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes linked to Literacy and Primary Education. She gained her MA in Education within her first two years of appointment. Jo is the Welsh regional representative for the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA), has been editor for the English Association’s Literacy magazine for primary teachers, English 4-11 for four years and now sits on the Editorial Board and the EA’s Children’s Literature Special Interest Group (SIG). She has a lifelong interest in children’s literature and developing children’s reading for pleasure and teachers’ subject knowledge of children’s literature. Her other main areas of interest are using philosophical enquiry to develop thinking skills and talk in the primary classroom.