Gianna Knowles

Gianna Knowles

Associate Professor in Education Studies

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Gianna Knowles is an Associate Professor in Educational Studies at London South Bank University.  Before working in HE she gained over 12 years’ experience of teaching in primary schools in England, in London and the Midlands. She has worked in Local Authority Advisory services, working with individual teachers and whole-schools staffs to develop school wide practice and policy. Gianna has experience of being an OfSTED Inspector and reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency.

Prior to coming to LSBU she taught at the University of Chichester and the Högskolan i Jönköping (University of Jönköping), Sweden. Her research interest is in the area of social justice, inclusion and diversity and she has written widely about education and learning, particularly in the area of how children from diverse families and backgrounds, or who have a disability or special educational needs can best be enabled to achieve in their learning.

Gianna has taught extensively at undergraduate and master's level.  She has designed and facilitated modules in: Citizenship, democracy, ethics, Human Rights, children, families and community, equality, special educational needs, diversity, Autism and professional studies (for trainee teachers).

She currently runs LSBU’s National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators.

Knowles, G., (Ed.) (2017) Supporting Inclusive Practice and Ensuring Equality is Equal for All 3rd Edition Routledge
Holmstrom, R., and Knowles, G., (2012 September) Understanding Family Diversity and Home School Relations Routledge
Knowles, G., and Lander, V., (Ed) (2012 April) Thinking Through Ethics and Values in Primary Education Learning Matters/Sage
Knowles, G., and Lander, V., (2011) Diversity, Equality and Achievement Sage
Knowles, G., (Ed.) (2010) Supporting Inclusive Practice 2nd Edition Routledge
Knowles, G., (Ed.) (2006) Supporting Inclusive Practice David Fulton Publishers
Knowles, G., (2009) Ensuring Every Child Matters Sage
Helavaara –Robertson, L., Hill, D., (2009) Promoting Equality in Primary/Elementary Schools (Chapter 13) continuum
Gaine, C., (Ed) (2010) Diversity and Equality Practice for Social Workers (Chapter 7, Class), Learning Matters
Cole, M., Hill, D., and Shan (1996) Promoting Equality in Primary Schools, Cassell, (Chapter 10)

Most recent publications

Knowles, G What do we mean by inclusive practice?. In: Supporting Inclusive Practice and ensuring opportunity is equal for all. Routledge, ISBN 9781138674387

Knowles, G Understanding Family Diversity. In: Understanding Family Diversity. Routledge, Oxon, pp. 1-7. ISBN 9780415694049

Knowles, G and Lander, V and Hawkins, S and Hughes, C and Stone, G and Cooper, L and Thompson, B Thinking Through Ethics and Values in Primary Education. In: Thinking Through Ethics and Values in Primary Education. SAGE, London, ISBN 9780857257338

Knowles, G and Lander, V Diversity, equality and achievement in education. In: Diversity, equality and achievement in education. SAGE Publications Ltd, London, pp. 1-173. ISBN 9781446288689 DOI 10.4135/9781446288689

Knowles, G Ensuring every child matters: A critical approach. In: Ensuring Every Child Matters: A Critical Approach. SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 1-166. ISBN 9781446288672 DOI 10.4135/9781446288672

More publications at LSBU Research Open

Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)

Currently an external examiner at:

University of West of England for BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

Farnborough College of Technology for FdA Childhood Studies

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