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Dr Joanna Hume

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

I have a first degree in Language and Linguistic Science. Following graduation I completed a PGCE and entered into the primary teaching profession. During my career in mainstream primary schools in the North-East of England I specialised in early years teaching, with a particular interest in outdoor learning. I completed a Masters in Education in 2011 and, following that, began teaching on the North Tyneside School Centered Initial Teacher Training programme. I joined Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer in 2016, I have led the BA (Hons) Primary Education programme, and currently lead PGCE School Direct. I was awarded a PhD in the field of initial teacher education in 2024.

Joanna Hume

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus West



My overarching research interests are forest school, outdoor education, PSHE education and child language development in the context of early years education. I recently completed a doctorate researching the impact of regular outdoor sessions (specifically, forest school) upon young children.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Wayfaring in the digital age: an innovative framing of researcher positionality, Hume, J. 29 Feb 2024
  • Hearing Children’s Voices in the Forest, Hume, J. 9 Jun 2023, Establishing Child Centred Practice in a Changing World, Bingley, Emerald Publishing
  • The ‘more-than-digital’ scrapmap: exploring the generative possibilities of digital data (from nature entanglement via digital abstraction to material artefact), Hume, J. 18 May 2023, 6th European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Qualitative Inquiry in the Anthropocene: Affirmative and generative possibilities for (Post)Anthropocentric futures , Portsmouth, University of Portsmouth
  • The ‘more-than-digital’ scrapmap: exploring the generative possibilities of digital data (from nature entanglement via digital abstraction to material artefact)., Hume, J. 11 Jan 2023, 6th European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
  • Meeting in the Forest: Education in a Posthuman Era, Hume, J. 17 Dec 2022, In: Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry
  • Measuring the unmeasurable? A critique of attempts to assess the impact of forest school, Hume, J. 11 Sep 2019, BERA Conference 2019
  • Nearly Dead or Really Dead?, Hume, J. 1 Oct 2014, Learning to Learn in Nature, Newcastle upon Tyne, Sightlines Initiative

  • PhD May 23 2024
  • Education MEd May 30 2011
  • Linguistics BA (Hons) July 31 1991
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Qualified Teacher General Teaching Council (GTC) 1992


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