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Professor Jan Hardman (nee Abd-Kadir)



I hold a PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Birmingham), MSc in TESOL (California State University) and Executive MBA (Newcastle University). Before joining the Department of Education at York in 2009, I lectured at the universities of La Trobe (Australia), Newcastle (UK) and Birmingham (UK). I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).


I have been involved in the design, delivery and leadership of the following modules: Discourse Analysis and Language Learning; Language Curriculum Design and Evaluation; Teaching and Learning Language; Teaching and Learning in schools; Planning and Communicating Research; Independent Study Module (MA dissertations); Research Methods in Applied Linguistics and TESOL; Introduction to Skills for Studying Education and for Studying English in Education.

Departmental roles

I have held the following key departmental roles:

  • Chair of the Board of Studies
  • Inaugural Chair of the Education Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Forum
  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • Chair of the Education Graduate School Board
  • Deputy Director of MA in TESOL programme
  • Member of the Education Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Mitigating Circumstances Committee
  • Member of the Academic Misconduct Committee
  • Member of the Education Internationalisation Group

University roles

My wider university roles include:

  • Elected Member of the Social Sciences Faculty
  • Elected Member of the University Senate
  • Member of the Hull-York Medical School Joint Senate
  • Member of the University Teaching Committee
  • Co-Founder and Chair of the Postgraduate Special Interest Group
  • Member of the Teaching Building Steering Group
  • Member of the Staff Race Equality Steering Group



The topic areas of my research include:

  • Classroom interaction
  • Discourse analysis
  • Dialogic pedagogy
  • Teacher education

I conduct research into classroom discourse and interaction, dialogic pedagogy and teacher education across all phases of education in high and low-income countries. I have recently completed a large-scale, two-year Randomised Controlled Trial of a teacher professional development intervention designed to improve the quality of classroom talk, learning and attainment in primary schools serving socially-deprived areas of England. I am currently conducting small-scale observational research studies with a focus on dialogue as a way of teaching and learning in Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences in higher education. Informed by my research, I contribute to staff professional development courses on teaching and learning in schools and higher education.


  • Educational talk and dialogic pedagogies: from research to impact (2020). Funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.
  • The university seminar as contact event: facilitating and developing productive talk (2017-18). Collaborator: Dr Benjamin Poore (Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York. Funded by University of York.
  • Dialogic teaching and classroom talk (2016-17). Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.
  • Randomised Controlled Trial entitled ‘Classroom talk, social disadvantage and educational attainment: closing the gap, raising standards’ (2014-16). Collaborators: Professor Robin Alexander (Cambridge Primary Review Trust) and Professor Frank Hardman (Institute for Effective Education, University of York). Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.
  • The discourse of student-led discussions in problem-based learning in medical education (2014-15).
  • Dialogic pedagogy and student learning across subject disciplines in higher education (2013-14). Funded by University of York.

Research group(s)

  • Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Education (CASLE), University of York
  • Member of York Asia Research Network (YARN), University of York
  • External partner of the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research Group (CEDIR), University of Cambridge
  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)


Successful PhD completions

  • Nor Haslynda A. Rahman - The primary English language curriculum in Malaysia: From reform to classroom practice.
  • Erdem Akbas - Commitment-detachment and authorial presence in postgraduate academic writing: A comparative study of Turkish native speakers, Turkish speakers of English and English native speakers.
  • Golebamang Galegane - Interactional patterns in communication and study skills classes at the University of Botswana
  • David Brining - The challenges faced by teachers of English as a second language to young learners in international contexts and their training and development needs and opportunities.
  • Clare Cunningham - Saying more than you realise about 'EAL': discourses of educators about children who speak languages beyond English.

PhDs in progress

  • Sermin Arslan - The discourse of student-initiated contributions in English language classrooms
  • Onsutee Sudwan – Dialogic teaching in higher education in Thailand
  • David Kirkham - Getting them out there: Overcoming barriers to cultural exploration by international students in the UK
  • Sarah Crellin – Pupils’ responses to teacher written feedback in primary English in UK schools
  • Albert Wong – Classroom interaction in EAP university classes in Hong Kong

External activities

Editorial duties

Member of the International Advisory Board for:

  • Journal of Modern Languages (JML)
  • Focus on ELT Journal (FELT)

Reviewer for journals, including:

  • Teacher and Teacher Eduaction
  • International Journal of Educational Research
  • Journal of the Learning Sciences
  • Language, Culture and Curriculum Journal
  • International Journal of Educational Development
  • Language and Education
  • Asian Journal of University Education
  • GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies

Reviewer for publishers (book proposals and books)

  • Routledge
  • Bloomsbury

Reviewer for funding bodies:

  • Economic & Social Research Council
  • British Academy
  • Education Department Pump Priming, University of York

Conference & seminar organisation

  • Educational talk adn dialogic pedagogies: from research to impact, ESRC-funded, University of York, 2020
  • Research/ing in Asia: concepts, values and practice. White Rose Doctoral Training Conference, University of York, 2016
  • Critical thikning in a community of inquiry. Joint Eduaction-HYMS Research Seminar, University of York, 2015
  • Annual MA research seminar series in Education (2012-18)


  • An external review of the MA in TESOL Programme, University of Malta, 2014
  • A baseline study of the quality of teaching and learning in Tanzanian primary schools, UNICEF, 2008
  • An external review of the English for Further Studies Curriculum, International College Network, Melbourne, Australia, 2007
  • An evaluation of the English language teaching methodology in Hyderabad primary schools, Centre for British Teachers, 2001
  • An external review of the English language teacher training programme, Chongqing, China, University of Newcastle and British Council, 1999

International links

  • University of Malta
  • University of Botswana
  • La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Technology MARA,  Malaysia
  • University of Malaya, Malaysia

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323499