David is Head of the Education subject group with the responsibility for Initial Teacher Education, Education Studies and the Extended Degree programmes across the Schools of Social Professions and Social Sciences. He has degrees in both Geography with Archaeology from the University of Exeter (1977) and Mathematical Education from the University of Cambridge (1988). He recently completed his PhD based on research and scholarly publication he has undertaken over the past 30 years. Prior to joining South Bank Polytechnic in 1988, David worked as a primary school teacher; he has also worked at Roehampton University and in community sport development before joining London Met as a permanent member of staff in 2006. David is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Education Studies Association (BESA), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and trustee of The Access to Sport Project.
Since 2006 David's teaching has primarily been in the Education Studies disciplinary area. He has published extensively on historical, socio-cultural and spatial approaches to understanding childhood, with a particular interest in schooling and its impact on children's experience of their lives. This is a response to evidence suggesting that many children in the UK express unease about their lives, relationships, and futures, with education cited amongst the sources for this. David published 'Rethinking Children's Spaces and Places' as part of Bloomsbury's New Childhoods series in autumn 2016; this examined the impacts of schooling on children's lives and identities along with questions of mobility, engagement with the natural world and globalization using research and theory from Human Geography. David has a developing interest in the concept of The Anthropocene because of its potential not only to challenge our thinking about relations between human culture and the natural world at large but also the legitimacy of the ideological condition identified as 'modern childhood' in particular. He believes that the social impacts of climate change will effect changes in mentality that will increasingly shape institutional and professional realities associated with childhood and the governance of children's lives; therefore, it makes sense for Higher Education to position itself in advance of them. This work is ongoing and David welcomes collaborations and enquiries from interested scholars and students.
Publications - Books
• Blundell, D., (2002), Mathematical Subject Knowledge in the ITTNC: meeting the standards – a self-study pack; Part 1 – Number and Algebra (Section a), University of North London
• Blundell, D., (2012), Education and Constructions of Childhood, London and New York: Continuum ISBN: 978-1-8470-6025-9
• Series editors: Simon Pratt-Adams and Richard Race, Contemporary Issues in Education Studies http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=131757&SubjectId=940
• Blundell, D., (2016), Rethinking Children’s Spaces and Places, London and New York: Bloomsbury ISBN: 978-1-472-58150-1 Series editor: Phil Jones, New Childhoods: attitudes in contemporary society
Publications - Chapters
• Blundell, D.(ed.), Claire, H., Eligoloff, J., Graham, J., Jeffs, H., King, R., Lynn, S. and Meadows, J., “Walking: a cross-curricular environmental project for teacher education”, pp. 77-100 in Inman, S. and Champain, P., (1996), Thinking Futures: environmental education in initial teacher training – a handbook for educators, Godalming: WWF-UK ISBN: 0-947613-76-5
• Blundell, D., & Cunningham, P. (2007) Community Sport Coaching and Citizenship Education: Educating the Coaches, in Ross, A. (ed.) Citizenship Education in Society. London: CiCe, pp 631-638 ISBN: 978-1899764-90-7
• Blundell, D. & Cunningham, P. (2008) “Making room for the community sport coach”, in Ross, A. & Cunningham, P. (eds.) Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation. London: CiCe, pp. 705 – 712 ISBN: 978-0-9560454-7-8
• Blundell, D., “Education and childhood”, chapter 7 in Isaacs, S.(ed.), Blundell, D., Foley, A., Ginsberg, N., McDonough, B., Silverstone, D. and Young, T., (2014), Social Problems in the UK: an introduction, London: Routledge ISBN: 978-0-415-71999-5
• Blundell, D. and Abbeglen, S., “European ideals, schooling and modern childhood”, Chapter 8 in Isaacs, S.(ed.)( 2017), European Social Problems, London: Routledge ISBN: 978-1-1389-1993-8
• Blundell, D. and Cunningham, P., “Eurovisions: ‘European values’, rites of passage and scripting the curriculum”, Chapter 10 in Isaacs, S.(ed.)( 2017), European Social Problems, London: Routledge ISBN: 978-1-1389-1993-8
• Blundell, D., “Eurocentrism, Modern Childhood, and Children’s Globalized Lives”, In Race, R., (Ed.)(Nov. 2017 – in preparation), Advancing Multicultural Dialogues, London: Palgrave MacMillan ISBN: 978-3-319-60557-9 (hardback) and 978-3-319-60558-6 (e-copy)
• Blundell, D. and Cunningham, P., “Chapter 2: Curricular Dimensions” in Cunningham, P.(Ed.)(2017 in preparation), Good Practice Guides for Citizenship Education in Europe in the Early Years and Teacher Education, Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe (CICE), Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Network.
Publications – journal and conference papers and consultancy
• Blakeney, M., Blundell, D., Champain, P. and Cook, P.,(1995), Draft Evaluation Report and Action Research Proposal for Stage II of The Partnership Project, WWF UK, Godalming
• Blundell, D., “The Walker’s Tale: an interdisciplinary project for teacher education”, paper given at 3rd annual conference of The Interdisciplinary Research Network on Environment and Society, IRNES, Warwick, September, 1995
• Blundell, D., “A London section: environmental education, integration and group work in initial teacher education”, paper presented at European Committee for Education and Research (ECER), Seville, 1996
• Blundell, D. and Cunningham, P., “Metaphor and tactical reflection”, Reflective Practice Special Interest Group, King’s College, London, January 2007 (published online)
• Blundell, D. and Cunningham, P., “Community Sport Coaching as Citizenship Education: educating the coaches” Paper given at annual conference of Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Thematic Network, Montpelier, May 2007
• Blundell, D. and Cunningham, P., “Community Sport Coaches as Social Pedagogues and Agents of Citizenship Education”, CiCe Nordic Conference -“Citizenship Education in Society -A challenge for the Nordic countries” at Malmö University, School of Teacher Education, Malmö, Sweden, 5th and 6th October, 2007 .
• Blundell, D. and Cunningham, P., “Bowling together: community cricket coaches and public health” London Teaching Public Health Network Stakeholders’ Meeting, ULU, Malet Street, London, 3rd December, 2007
• Blundell, D. and Cunningham, P., “Making Room for the Community Sport Coach” paper given at 10th International CiCe Conference Reflecting on Identities, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey, 29-31 May, 2008
• Blundell, D. and Chalk, P., “Developing a successful academic identity for ‘non-traditional’ students: the role of the electronic portfolio” paper presented at London Metropolitan University Teaching and Learning Conference, July 2008
• Blundell, D. and Chalk, P., (2009) “Developing a successful academic identity for ‘non-traditional’ students: the role of the electronic portfolio” Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 2:4 March
• Jones, R. and Blundell, D., “It’s a Coaching Life”: using Blogger as a student portfolio tool, paper presented at London Metropolitan University Teaching and Learning Conference, Tuesday, 7th July, 2009
• Abegglen, S., Blundell, D., Bustillos Morales, J., “Innovating the Field of Education Studies: Knowledge Technologies as Assemblages”, Paper presented at the 10th BESA Annual Conference at the University of Glasgow, 26-27 June 2014
• Blundell, D., “Reading along on a carousel”, Paper presented at London Metropolitan University Teaching and Learning Conference, 7th July, 2015
• Blundell, D., “Forests, wilderness and the junkyard: ‘Nature’ and some cultural geographies of childhood”, London Educational Research Network for Social Justice (LERNS), Kingston University, 12th May, 2016
• Blundell, D. and Cunningham, P., “Eurovisions: ‘European values’, rites of passage and scripting the curriculum”. Paper presented at Children’s Identities in Europe / Jean Monnet Network Conference, Autonoma Universidad Madrid, 16-18th June, 2016
• Blundell, D., “’Nature, childhood and the Anthropocene: evaluating the challenges for Education Studies”. Paper given at British Education Studies Association annual conference, University of Wolverhampton, 1st July, 2016
• Blundell, D., “Teaching excellence and ‘getting to grips’ with Research-Informed-Teaching”, Paper presented at London Metropolitan University Teaching and Learning Conference, 5th July, 2016
• Blundell, D., “’Nature’, childhood, and The Anthropocene: evaluating the challenges for Education Studies”, Educational Futures, 8(1) (February, 2017), ISSN: 1758-2199
• Burns, T., Abegglen, S. and Blundell, D., (in preparation), “Where kids run free: adventure play in East London and beyond”
Enquiries about childhood and the Anthropocene.
Dr David Blundell, FRGS
Head of Education