Dr Michael Beverley

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Contact info

Director of Student Assessment and Feedback

Member of the Collaborative Institute of Education Research, Evidence and Impact (CIEREI)

Room 118
Wheldon Building
Deiniol Road
Bangor
LL57 2UW

email: m.beverley@bangor.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)1248382467

Overview

Mike is the Director of Student Assessment and Feedback in the School of Psychology. He is a Senior Lecturer and part of the teaching team that provide pastoral care to first-year undergraduate students. He teaches Research Methods and Statistics and also has a specialist year 3 module: Evidence-based Behavioural Methods in Education. 

He is a contributing member of the Collaborative Institute of Education Research Evidence and Impact (CIEREI)

Research Interests include: Evidence-based educational methods, precision teaching (PT), curriculum based measurement (CBM), response to intervention (RtI), reading instruction, direct instruction (DI), effective instruction and instructional design, staff performance and fluency training, fluency based instruction, accelerated learning

Contact Info

Director of Student Assessment and Feedback

Member of the Collaborative Institute of Education Research, Evidence and Impact (CIEREI)

Room 118
Wheldon Building
Deiniol Road
Bangor
LL57 2UW

email: m.beverley@bangor.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)1248382467

Teaching and Supervision

Personal Profile

Mike Beverley graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 1995 (having studied there as a mature student), and later completed his postgraduate studies here at Bangor. He has been part of the Research Methods team at Bangor since 1996, so teaches statistics and how to use the software package SPSS to students. Mike is also a keen Welsh learner who is committed to learning the language to such a level that he will be able to converse fittingly with first language Welsh speakers.

He enjoys his work with a passion.

“In what other profession could I help students learn interesting things (such as statistics and Precision Teaching); work with children in schools who are failing academically to help them close the gap between themselves and their peers; and get to learn new things everyday (whilst on full pay). What cannot be considered good about that – La Dolce Vita”.

Teaching Interests

Mike teaches modules across all three undergraduate years and to Masters students. He is Module Organiser on the Year One “Research Methods” module, which all year one students take in semester two. He is also Module Organiser and lecturer on a specialised year three module – Evidence-Based Behavioural Methods of Education. This module looks at research proven methods of teaching and many students who take the module have gone on to further training to gain employment as teachers.

He obtained the Teacher in Higher Education (tHE) postgraduate qualification in 2003 and is a member of the University’s Academy of Teaching Fellows; in 2009 he was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contribution to teaching and pastoral care.

Research Interests

His research interests in the last few years have been broadly focused on educational applications of behaviour analysis and more specifically in the use of Precision Teaching and Direct Instruction. Mike supervises undergraduate and Masters students with their research projects and often these projects are conducted in local schools with children who are failing academically (e.g., maths, writing, spelling, and reading).  He has conducted training workshops in Precision Teaching in the UK, Spain, Italy, and Norway and has presented research at the EABG, EABA, and ABAI international conferences. 

Mike is on the editorial board of the European Journal of Behavior Analysis and is also a consulting editor on the Journal of Precision Teaching.

Mike’s Twitter feed: @DrMikeBeverley 
Mike’s wordpress blog: drmikebeverley.wordpress.com

Research

Collaborative Institute for Education Research, Evidence and Impact (CIEREI).

CIEREI is a collaborative, bilingual, multi-disciplinary institute for the creation of research evidence with the primary aim of positively impacting learning and wellbeing for children through schools. CIEREI represents a strategic partnership between GwE, Bangor University (led by the Schools of Education and Psychology), Local Education Authorities, schools, the University of Warwick (CEDAR), The Future Generations Commissioners office for Wales, and other stakeholders invested in improving educational outcomes and the wellbeing of our children. The primary aim of CIEREI is to support improving outcomes for children through schools, and to contribute to teacher education and building regional capacity in co-constructed close-to-practice impact research.

CIEREI is also a strategic response to ensuring that Bangor University provides a strong lead in developing international level research that informs teaching practice and underpins the training of the next generation of teachers in Wales. CIEREI represents a strategic and ambitious response to the vision described by Professor Donaldson (Welsh Government, 2015a), and Professor Furlong (Furlong, 2015) on the role of universities and the changing landscape that will be necessary to build a research informed education economy in Wales. 

In the medium to long term, CIEREI aims to achieve this through building a vibrant research community that builds the foundation that feeds directly into current educational practice, initial teacher education (ITE) programmes and on-going professional development of teachers. This will help ensure that all newly qualified teachers understand research, best evidence practice, and will help to foster a ‘scientist-practitioner mind-set’ within education settings. CIEREI has the status of ‘Institute’ within the university system because one of the main functions will be to bring together existing groups and centres that are undertaking educationally relevant research to work collaboratively and strategically with GwE and schools (e.g., Centres for Evidence Based Early Intervention, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Miles Dyslexia Centre, Bilingualism Centre, Bangor Literacy Lab). 

Research Interests include: Evidence-based educational methods, precision teaching (PT), curriculum based measurement (CBM), response to intervention (RtI), reading instruction, direct instruction (DI), effective instruction and instructional design, staff performance and fluency training, fluency based instruction, accelerated learning

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2013 - Professional , Intermediate Certificate in Welsh Second Language: The Use of Welsh
  • 2013 - Intermediate Certificate in Welsh Second Language: The Use of Welsh
  • 2013 - Professional , Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA (PR058729)
  • 2013 - PhD , Using precision teaching strategies and tactics to increase essential skill fluency , Bangor University (2007 - 2012)
  • 2011 - Foundation Certificate in Welsh Second Language: The Use of Welsh
  • 2009 - Teaching Fellowship , Bangor University
  • 2003 - Professional , Post Graduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education (tHE) , Bangor University
  • 2003 - Post Graduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education (tHE) , Bangor University
  • Professional , Morningside Academy, Seattle, USA (2010)
  • BSc , BSC (Hons) Applied Psychology (1992 - 1995)

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