National Teaching Fellow 2014
After a successful career as a physiotherapist, Dr Jackie Waterfield moved into higher education. Her principal interest is in the pedagogies related to professional development and the praxis of real-world learning and the classroom. To address this theory-practice gap, Jackie has utilised a range of innovative learning and teaching methods for healthcare practice students, such as simulated patients, videoed assessments, practice-based portfolios and non-discipline-specific mentors, creating a learning environment that reflects the learner’s real professional life by being realistic and relevant, while meeting learning outcomes.
Jackie mainly teaches postgraduates but also contributes to foundation-year and undergraduate programmes, and a doctoral programme. Supporting learners as a tutor or a mentor is central to her philosophy of education and reflected in comments such as “fantastic academic and personal support” and “I have absolutely no qualms in saying that I would not be where I am on my teaching and research career if it had not been for Jackie”.
Lifelong learning and continuing professional development (CPD) in the political and social context are a particular interest of Jackie’s, and her doctoral thesis and current research reflect this. In 2009 she was awarded the Jo Campling Memorial Prize by the Academy of Social Sciences for a paper in this area. She was awarded a Faculty Learning and Teaching Fellow secondment at Keele, during which she completed a project on portfolio development for HE staff. An area of personal CPD led to Jackie developing, with colleagues, the first fully online e-module within Keele University. This success has led to other e-learning projects supported by University Innovation Project funds.
Outside the University, Jackie works with professional and regulatory bodies to develop and promote an understanding of competence and good practice in the professional arena.
Her aspiration is to encourage others to advance knowledge of professional healthcare practice and an understanding of how that knowledge is learnt and applied in the contemporary healthcare context.