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Duff, Joanna


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Joanna is lecturer in the Division of Education and Society. She teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Joanna’s professional interests include curriculum theory, Learning for Sustainability and Initial Teacher Education.

Joanna completed her undergraduate degree in French Translation and Applied Linguistics at Heriot Watt University where she spent her ERASMIUS year teaching English in a secondary school in France. Having decided that teaching was the career for her, she completed her PGDE (Primary Education) at the University of Dundee.  While teaching Joanna completed her Masters' Degree in Education (International Education) at the University of Dundee. 

Previous posts were in primary schools.


Doctorate of Education (EdD) University of Strathclyde, Oct2020 – Present

 Paper on ‘A Literature Based Exploration of Potential Education Outcomes of ESD Around the World Analysed Through the Lens of Curriculum for Excellence’s Four Capacities.’
 Poster on ‘The Four Capacities: Fact or Fiction?
 Thesis proposal submitted on ‘The Four Capacities: Fact or Fiction?’, approved Aug 2021.
I am currently working with Professor J Paraskeva and Dr. P Adams on my thesis. My current working title is ‘Curriculum for Excellence: Whose ‘Excellence’ is it anyway?’.


Current teaching responsibilities include:

  • Co-Module Lead for BACP Children's HWB.
  • Teaching on the new Learning and Teaching for Sustainability module (MA2).
  • Teaching on the Languages Module (MA2).
  • Teaching Social Studies (PGDE).
  • Mentoring tutor groups across ITE.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Education, International Education (MEd Merit)

Award Date: 10 Oct 2018

Primary Education (PGDE)

Award Date: 10 Jun 2015

Master of Arts, French Translation and Applied Linguistics (MA Hons 2:1), Heriot-Watt University

Award Date: 10 Jun 2014

External positions

Primary Teacher, Aberdeen City Council

Jul 2018Sept 2023

Primary Teacher, Aberdeenshire Council

Aug 2015Jul 2018


  • L Education (General)
  • Learning for Sustainability
  • Curriculum Theory
  • Curriculum for Excellence