Dr J Alexander
Graduate School of Education
Queen's University Belfast
Biography and Irish Studies Research Interests
Joy Alexander has been a lecturer in the Graduate School of Education for ten years, following twenty years as an English teacher in secondary schools in N Ireland. She has an interest in themes relating to the history of education in Ireland, and has researched the life and work of R L Russell, author of ‘The Child and his Pencil.’ She is currently networking with teacher education colleagues in England, Scotland and Wales, who are pursuing collaboratively common research interests in English education in post-devolutionary UK, especially in relation to languages, literacies and cultural identities. She is also interested in children’s literature, and has written on C S Lewis in this context, as well as teaching modules on Lewis in the Institute of Lifelong Learning, and participating in the international conference on ‘C S Lewis: Saint and Scholar,’ which was held at QUB in 1998, Lewis’s centenary year.
1. (1999) ‘R.L.Russell: Teaching for Pleasure - The Celebration of an Educator before his Time’, Oideas, 46, pp. 68-81.
2. (2003) ‘“The whole art and joy of words”: Aslan's speech in the Chronicles of Narnia’, Mythlore (USA), 24(1), pp.39-50.