Professor John Elliott is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of East Anglia, UK and a founding member and former director of the internationally acclaimed Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE) at UEA. He also served as Dean of Education from 1992-95.
He is well-known internationally for his role in developing the theory and practice of action research in the contexts of curriculum and teacher development. He is a former President of the British Educational Research Association (1989–90), and more recently, President of the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS). For a decade Professor Elliott was pedagogical consultant to the OECDprogramme on ‘Environment and School Initiatives’ (1989–98). From 2001-2007 he was a member of the Norfolk Learning and Skills Council and was involved in reviewing 14-19 provision across the county, after which he became Higher Education representative on the Norfolk 14-19 Strategy Group. In addition, John was formerly an Advisory Professor to the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2001-2006), and consultant to the Hong Kong Government on the strategic development of its curriculum reforms. Formerly a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield, he is now a visiting professor in the school of Arts and Humanities at University Campus Suffolk (UCS).
Professor Elliott is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and in 2009 was elected by Eastern Region Fellows to the newly formedFellowship Council. He was subsequently re-elected as an ‘At Large’ member of the Council until 2014. He initiated and convened until July 2014 the Norwich Area Fellows Education Forum in partnership with the Community University Engagement Office (formerly CUE EAST) andFuture Community Radio. The Forum is currently undertaking an enquiry into the community factors that shape educational outcomes in Norwich, and has received support from the RSA Catalyst Fund.
John was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2002), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2003), and the University of Jonkoping (2014). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). Furthermore, Professor Elliott has been a regular participant over the years in the influential Cambridge Conference. This conference meets periodically to review the state of the art and to forge new directions. John co-convened the last conference, with Saville Kushner in July 2004, at St. Edmunds College, Cambridge.
John Elliott also has a long history of participation in school governing bodies, as either a local government, parent or community representative. Until recently he was a community governor of a national challenge school and represented it on the governing body of the Kett Sixth Form Consortium it contributed to. At the national level Professor Elliott plays an active role in influencing the policy community through his involvement with the New Vision Group, an educational think-tank that regularly addresses policy issues with Ministers and Civil Servants. He co-ordinated a submission from the NVG ‘curriculum aims’ sub-group to the House of Commons DCSF Selection Committee’s review of the National Curriculum. He chaired this sub group from 2014-2015.