Darius Jackson

Lecturer in Holocaust and History Education

Darius Jackson works with teachers on the various professional development programmes provided by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education. He also oversees the Initial Teacher Education programme offered by the Centre.

Darius started at the Centre for Holocaust Education in June 2012, after a varied career in education. He began teaching in 1984 and spent the next 19 years teaching in Gloucestershire and Birmingham, initially teaching economics and social sciences before moving to teach history. He also taught citizenship, R.E. and sociology and spent the last eleven of those years as Head of History in two schools in Birmingham.

In 2003 he moved to become Lecturer in History and Citizenship in Education at the University of Birmingham. He ran the PGCE in Secondary History and Citizenship as well as working on PGCE RE, English and Primary Education. He also taught on undergraduate education and citizenship courses. In October 2009 Darius was awarded the school prize for “Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning” as well as being accepted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. During this time Darius also wrote teaching materials for the Jubilee Debt Campaign; Tide~Global Learning; Ireland in Schools Project and the College for International Citizenship course on Political Systems.

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Activities and interests

Darius has been working on widening the provision of the Centre for Holocaust Education, co-developing Pursuit of justice: the trial of John Demjanjuk, a day for citizenship teachers with transferable classroom resources, and on devising professional development sessions for teachers of English.

Though his research has focused on the construction of meaning(s) in Holocaust education Darius has also researched into how young children talk about and develop an understanding of time, a concept that underpins children’s development as historians. He is also interested in how professional learning helps to build communities of practice and has researched into mentoring practices for student teachers and other professions. He has an ongoing interest in using Activity Theory to study what actually constitutes bodies of professional knowledge.

Darius has created several teacher professional development sessions such as: Which Anne Frank, Whose Anne Frank? Representations of a young girl; Who was Janusz Korczak? and Unlocking Antisemitism

Selected publications:

Jackson, D. “But I still don’t get why the Jews?” Using cause and change to answer pupil’s demand for an overview of antisemitism” Teaching History Issue 153 December 2013

Bracey, P., Gove-Humphties, A., Jackson, D., "Why are you so angry Grace?" Teaching and learning about Grace O'Malley as a significant as a significant woman at K.S.1" Historical Association Primary Website

Bracey, P., Jackson, D., Gove-Humphries, A. “They did things differently then”- diversity and challenge from KS1" Education 3-13  Vol 39 Issue 4 September 2011

Bracey, P., Gove-Humphries, A., Jackson, D. Teaching Diversity in the History Classroom in Debates in History Teaching ed I. Davies (2011)  Routledge

Bracey, P., Gove-Humphries, A., Jackson, D. Teaching Diversity in the History Classroom in Debates in History (2nd edition) ed I. Davies (forthcoming) Routledge

Jackson, D., Bracey, P., Gove-Humphries, A., Valla, J. Exploring significant individuals as heroes to challenge Anglocentric norms in Key Stage 2 history (7 – 11).  Trends: transforming history, transforming society p19-32 School of Education monograph series Ed. J. Valla 2008 University of Malta

Jackson, D., Bullock, A., Manning, R., Frame, J. A Scoping Review of Tutor Support for the NHS Primary Care Dental Team.  (2008) University of Birmingham, Birmingham. (with Alison Bullock, Russell Manning, and John Frame)


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