Dr John Jessel

Staff details

Position Head of PhD Programme, Reader
Department Educational Studies
Email j.jessel (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7336

John is the Head of the MPhil/PhD Programme in the Department of Educational Studies and also works on the MA and PGCE Secondary Programmes.

John has taught science at secondary level as well as at primary level and has written and produced programmes for BBC Schools. His research activities have focused on the social and cognitive processes that underlie children’s learning and development, both inside and outside the school setting and within the context of the use of digital technologies. He has initiated a series of funded projects involving detailed observation of the talking and writing that occurs among individuals or groups engaged in collaborative activities around the computer. This has led to the development of strategies for encouraging children to review and redraft their written work at an ideational level. More recently, John has been investigating learning that arises intergenerationally between children and their grandparents in and around the home setting and is currently examining literacy learning in activities where children participate at home and in faith settings. John is also interested in the practices that lead to the effective use of new technologies within institutions and where existing curricula can be both enhanced and transformed.

Recent Research Grants:

  • ‘Becoming literate in faith settings: Language and Literacy in the lives of new Londoners’ (Economic and Social Research Council) with Eve Gregory, Charmian Kenner, Vally Lytra and Mahera Ruby, 2009-2012.
  • ‘Teaching to teach with technology’       (European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme) with C. Castelfranchi (Rome), R. Vardisio (Rome), C. Botella (Castellon), M. Ponticorvo (Naples), 2010-2012.
  • ‘Preventing school bullying: Cross-national perspectives on intervention’ (British Council PMI 2 Connect: Research Co-operation Award) with P.K. Smith (UK principal), and K. Kwak, (principal overseas partner, Seoul National University, 2008-2010.
  • ‘Future Something Project: Exploring linguistic, cognitive and attitudinal change in young people at risk working with communication technology and digital media’ (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Project evaluation with Jeff Adams, Dennis Atkinson, Paul Dash and Steve Herne), 2004-2006.
  • ‘Grandparents supporting their grandchildren’s basic skills’ (Basic Skills Agency National Support Project) with Eve Gregory and Charmian Kenner, Diana Whitworth (Grandparents Plus) and Lynn Chesterman (Grandparents Association) 2005-2006.
  • ‘Intergenerational learning between children and grandparents in East London’, (Economic and Social Research Council) with Eve Gregory and Charmian Kenner, 2003-2004.
  • Selected publications
  • Jessel, J., Kenner, C., Gregory, E., Ruby, M. and Arju, T. Different spaces: learning and literacy with children and their grandparents in east London homes, Linguistics and Education, Volume 22, No. 1, 2011, pp 1-94.
  • Jessel, J. Family structures and intergenerational transfers of learning: changes and challenges. Beyond Current Horizons: technology, children, schools and families, DCSF, http://www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk, February 2009.
  • Investigating the extent and use of peer support initiatives in English schools. Educational Psychology, 29, 3, 2009. (co-author, with Houlston, C. and Smith, P.K.)
  • Intergenerational Learning Events Around the Computer: A Site for Linguistic and Cultural Exchange, Language and Education, 22, 4, 2008, 298-319. (co-author, with Kenner, C., Ruby, M., Gregory, E., and Arju, T.)
  • Intergenerational learning between children and grandparents in east London, Journal of Early Childhood Research, 5, 3, 2007, 219-243. (co-author, with Kenner, C., Ruby, M., Gregory, E., and Arju, T.)
  • Gardening with grandparents: an early engagement with the science curriculum, Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 27, 2, 2007, 131-44. (co-author, with Ruby, M., Kenner, C., Gregory, E., and Arju, T.)
  • ‘Snow White in different guises: Interlingual and intercultural exchanges between grandparents and young children at home in East London’, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 7, 1, 5-25, 2007. (co-author, with Gregory, E., Islam, T., Kenner, C. and Ruby, M.)
  • Jessel, J., Adams, J. Atkinson, D., Dash, P. and Herne, S. The Future Something Project. Southampton: Artswork and The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, 2006.
  • Jessel, J., Gregory, E., Islam, T., Kenner, C. and Ruby, M. ‘Children and their grandparents at home: a mutually supportive context for learning and linguistic development’, English Quarterly, 36, 4, 16-23, 2004.
  • Jessel, J. Study: some guiding principles, in S. Herne, J. Jessel and J. Griffiths (eds.): Study to Teach: A Practical and Theoretical Guide to Studying in Teacher Education, London: Routledge, 2000.
  • Jessel, J. Using information and communications technology, in S. Herne, J. Jessel and J. Griffiths (eds.): Study to Teach: A Practical and Theoretical Guide to Studying in Teacher Education, London: Routledge, 2000.
  • Jessel, J.  Children writing words and building thoughts: does the word processor really help? in B. Somekh, and N. Davis (eds.)  Using Information Technology Effectively in Teaching and Learning: Studies in Pre-Service and In-Service Teacher Education.  London: Routledge, 1997.
  • Jessel, J., and Hurst, V.  Children exploring the Queen's House in hypertext: Has the hype any educational potential? in B. Somekh, and N. Davis (eds.)  Using Information Technology Effectively in Teaching and Learning: Studies in Pre-Service and In-Service Teacher Education.  London: Routledge, 1997.

Publications

Book Section

Jessel, John. 2019. School settings. In: S Hupp and J Jewell, eds. The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. VI Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. ISBN 9781119606314

Jessel, John. 2016. Educational systems: a basis for some comparative perspectives. In: Peter K. Smith; Keumjoo Kwak and K Toda, eds. School Bullying in Different Cultures: Eastern and Western Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 229-258. ISBN 978-1-107-03189-0

Jessel, John. 2016. Technology, culture and cognition: dialogic and critical approaches. In: Jim Anderson and Vicky Macleroy Obied, eds. Multilingual Digital Storytelling: Engaging creatively and critically with literacy. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 42-67. ISBN 978-1-138-79580-8

Jessel, John. 2015. Intergenerational learning in and around the home setting: Who are the learners and how do they learn? In: Jill Hohenstein and Heather King, eds. British Psychological Society Monograph Series II: Number 11 - Learning Beyond the Classroom. Leicester: British Psychological Society, pp. 63-79. ISBN 9781854337375

Jessel, John. 2013. Social culture and cognitive processes and New Technologies in education. In: Orazio Miglino; Maria Luisa Nigrelli and Luigia Simona Sica, eds. Role-Games, Computer Simulations, Robots and Augmented Reality as New Learning Technologies. Spain: Castello de la Plana: Publicacions de la Universitat Jaume, pp. 13-42. ISBN 978-84-8021-848-1

Jessel, John. 2012. Developing innovation in technology-use and learning in the school setting. In: O Miglino; M Nigrelli and L Sica, eds. Role-Games, Computer Simulations, Robots and Augmented Reality as New Learning Technologies. Naples: Fridericiana Editrice Universitaria, pp. 77-103. ISBN 978-84-8021-849-8

Jessel, John. 2012. Innovative practice and technology: training as creative synthesis. In: O Miglino; M Nigrelli and L Sica, eds. Role-Games, Computer Simulations, Robots and Augmented Reality as New Learning Technologies. Naples: Fridericiana Editrice Universitaria, pp. 107-135. ISBN 978-84-8021-849-8

Jessel, John. 2012. Social, cultural and cognitive processes and new technologies in education. In: O Miglino; M Nigrelli and L Sica, eds. Role-Games, Computer Simulations, Robots and Augmented Reality as New Learning Technologies. Naples: Fridericiana Editrice Universitaria, pp. 13-48. ISBN 978-84-8021-849-8

Article

Smith, Peter K.; Thompson, Fran; Jessel, John; Kožuchová, Andrea; Ferreira, Irene; Idriceanu, Gabriela; Menesini, Ersilia; Miklosz, Margaret and de Villanueva, Marian. 2019. Training, Implementation, and Potential of a Cybermentoring Scheme in Six EU Countries. Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, ISSN 2055-6365

Allsop, Y and Jessel, John. 2014. Teachers’ experience and reflections on game-based learning in the primary classroom: views from England and Italy. International Journal of Game Based Learning, 5(1), pp. 1-17. ISSN 2155-6849

Jessel, John. 2014. Learning Perspectives: A Framework for Developing the Use of the Virtual Learning Environment in UK Secondary Education. International Journal for Digital Society (IJDS), 5(1&2), pp. 872-876. ISSN 2040 2570

Herne, Steve; Adams, Jeff N. P.; Atkinson, Dennis; Dash, Paul and Jessel, John. 2013. Technology, learning communities and young people: The Future Something Project. International Journal Of Art & Design Education, 32(1), pp. 68-82. ISSN 1476 8062

Herne, Steve; Adams, Jeff N. P.; Atkinson, Dennis; Dash, Paul and Jessel, John. 2013. Technology, learning communities and young people: The Future Something Project. The International Journal of Art & Design Education, 32(1), pp. 68-82. ISSN ISSN 1476-8062

Jessel, John; Kenner, Charmian; Gregory, Eve E.; Ruby, Mahera and Arju, Tahera. 2011. Different spaces: Learning and literacy with children and their grandparents in east London homes. Linguistics and Education, 22(1), pp. 37-50. ISSN 0898-5898

Jessel, John. 2009. Family Structures and Intergenerational Transfers of Learning: Changes and Challenges. Beyond Current Horizons, n/a, pp. 1-18. ISSN n/a

Kenner, Charmian; Ruby, Mahera; Jessel, John; Gregory, Eve E. and Arju, Tahera. 2008. Intergenerational Learning Events Around the Computer: A Site for Linguistic and Cultural Exchange. Language and Education, 22(4), pp. 298-319. ISSN 0950-0782

Jessel, John; Kenner, Charmian; Ruby, Mahera and Gregory, Eve E.. 2007. Intergenerational learning between children and grandparents in East London. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 5(3), pp. 219-243. ISSN 1476718X

Ruby, Mahera; Kenner, Charmian; Jessel, John; Gregory, Eve E. and Arju, Tahera. 2007. Gardening with grandparents: an early engagement with the science curriculum. Early Years, 27(2), pp. 131-144. ISSN 09575146

Gregory, Eve E.; Arju, Tahera; Jessel, John; Kenner, Charmian and Ruby, Mahera. 2007. Snow White in different guises: Interlingual and intercultural exchanges between grandparents and young children at home in East London. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 7(1), pp. 5-25. ISSN 14687984

Jessel, John; Arju, Tahera; Gregory, Eve E. and Kenner, Charmian. 2004. Children and their grandparents at home: a mutually supportive context for learning and linguistic development. English Quarterly, 36(4), pp. 16-23. ISSN 00138355

Conference or Workshop Item

Vally, Lytra; Gregory, Eve E.; Jessel, John; Kenner, Charmian; Ruby, Mahera; Ilankuberan, Arani; Choudhury, Halimun; Kwapong, Amoafi; Woodham, Malgozarta and Souza, Ana. 2010. 'Journeying across sites : knowledge building and identity positioning in team ethnography'. In: Explorations in ethnography, language and communication. Aston University, United Kingdom.

Jessel, John; Woodham, Malgorzata and Gregory, Eve E.. 2010. 'Language and literacy in faith settings and their relationship to the school setting'. In: Bilingualism and multilingualism in school settings : teaching, learning and testing, 11th Biennial University of Seville Conference. Seville, Spain.

Report

Kenner, Charmian; Gregory, Eve E.; Jessel, John; Ruby, Mahera and Arju, Tahera. 2004. Intergenerational learning between children and grandparents in East London. Project Report. ESRC, Swindon.