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Victoria Cooper

I am a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies at the Open University. I am co-director of the Children's Research Centre and co-chair of KE206 Making a difference: Working with Children and Young People. 
I graduated from the University of Warwick in 1989 with a BA in psychology and education. I completed my PGCE (primary) at the University of York in 1991. I have taught across a range of ages including early years, primary, further and higher education since 1992. I completed my PhD in 1998 at the University of Bristol. I was particularly interested in quasi-markets in education and applied the Habermasian principles of lifeworld and system to analyse the colonisation of education.  My post doctoral research broadly falls into two areas: professional development in education and identity.
I joined the Open University on a part time basis as an associate lecturer and have taught a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in social science, education and psychology, including DD100, E835 and ED840. I took up the post of staff tutor in education at the Open University in Birmingham in 2002. I joined the Centre for Childhood, Youth and Sport in 2011 and have chaired a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in education, psychology and childhood studies, including ED840, ED841, E807, EK313 and E124.

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