Michelle Best

Michelle Best HND, BA Hons, MA

Michelle Best
HND, BA Hons, MA

Senior Lecturer

Department of Teacher Education

Faculty of Education and Health

Michelle Best is a Senior Lecturer in Education Lifelong Learning in the Department of Secondary Education, LLTE and PE & Sport at the University of Greenwich.

Michelle joined the University in 2015 as lecturer on Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses across three academic framework pathways: The Professional Certificate in Education (PCE), The Professional Graduate and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Michelle previously taught on the Professional Certificate in Education (PcET) and BA Hons Education degree, before taking the role as Programme Leader in Education Studies. She was also an Advanced Practitioner, leading on sharing with colleges' teaching staff innovative approaches to delivering English in the curriculum. As part of the Quality Team, Michelle monitored teaching through Learning Walks and the promotion of the student voice within the College, and was also member of the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Committee.

Prior to this, she worked in partnership with the University of Sussex, liaising with the Dean and other members of the Sussex Education and Research Consortium to investigate current government policy on ITT. Michelle has conducted two validations for new ITT programmes and developed specifications with the University of Sussex and City and Guilds, maintaining quality and structure to benefit trainee teacher success. Michelle has worked with the Institute for Education (now Society for Education and Training) as volunteer promoting Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills.

Michelle's teaching interests include Initial Teacher Training in Lifelong Learning; contributing to the PGCE in Education; professional development portfolio and; policy and curriculum issues. Other professional interests include the promotion of the reflective practitioner as part of institutional remit and developing the use of technology within the classroom.

Michelle has selected accreditation as Advanced Practitioner since 2011 and as Lead Advanced Practitioner since 2014. She has been awarded internal certificates in teaching excellence and given recognition for delivering training sessions on differentiation and assessment for learning and embedding mathematics in lessons at the University Centre Croydon, Croydon College.

Posts held previously:

  • 2013-2015, External Examiner, Initial Teacher Training Lifelong Learning, University of Greenwich
  • 2011-2015, Programme Leader for Education Studies and Advanced Practitioner, University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
  • 2002-2011, Lecturer and Advanced Practitioner, Hospitality and Catering, Work-based Learning, Croydon College
  • Senior Lecturer in Education Lifelong Learning, Department of Secondary Education, LLTE and PE & Sport 
  • Lecturer on ITT courses: PCE, The Professional Graduate, and PGCE
  • External Examiner for Teacher Training Lifelong Learning, University of Greenwich
  • Member of External committee University of Sussex Education and Research Consortium
  • Member of the Society for Education and Training
  • Member of the Institute of Hospitality
  • Reviewer of Professional Formation with Society of Education and Training

Michelle's research interest is digital literacy, how social identity of a student shapes their e-learning experience; cognitive and motivational basis of intergroup differentiation, supporting teachers' in designing and delivering sessions; 'social structure' (Bourdieu 1979) and influences of identity to determine how learners respond to education and; how social participation contributes to the learning process. In addition, research on motivational concepts and active learning tasks to promote learner participation of English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and; the promotion of collaborative learning and innovative use of Information & Communications Technology to prepare learners for successful lives in an increasingly societal and technological world.