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Professor Radford, John

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Position: Emeritus Professor

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School of Psychology
The University of East London
Stratford Campus
Water Lane
London
E15 4LZ

Brief biography

John Radford was the first head of Psychology at what was then West Ham College of Technology, from 1965, and later Dean of Science. He introduced Psychology as an A-level subject in 1970. He was Chair of the Psychology Board of the Council for National Academic Awards, which oversaw the subject in non-university higher education to 1992. He founded the Association for the Teaching of Psychology. He is a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the British Psychological Society, and was the inaugural recipient of the Society’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Teaching of Psychology. In 2011, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Psychology Education from the British Psychological Society, the first such award in the Society’s 110-year history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Areas of Interest/Summary of Expertise

Current areas of interest are high achievement, higher education, gender differences, and the psychology of religion.

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Current research and publications

Research Open Access Repository (ROAR@UEL)

http://roar.uel.ac.uk/view/creators/Radford=3AJohn=3A=3A.default.html

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Radford, J. (2013). Teaching and/or research? PsyPAG Quarterly, Issue 86, 39–42.
  2. Radford, J. (2009). Religion, spirituality and virtue. Transpersonal Psychology Review, 13(2), 50–57.
  3. Radford, J. (2008). Psychology in its place. Psychology Teaching Review, 14, 38–50.

Non-peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Radford, J. (2013). Are we born to believe? The Freethinker, 133(6), 12–13.
  2. Radford, J. (2013). Liar, lunatic or lord? The Freethinker, 133(9), 10–11.
  3. Radford, J. (2013). Reply to a friendly letter. The Freethinker, 133(1), 8–9.
  4. Radford, J. (2012). Churches, charities and politics. The Freethinker, 132(8), 8–9.
  5. Radford, J. (2012). Religion for atheists. The Freethinker, 132(5), 12–13.
  6. Radford, J. (2011). Dishonest to God: on keeping religion out of politics. The Freethinker, 131(2), 11–12.
  7. Radford, J. (2011). Not a real doctor. PsyPAG Quarterly, Issue 80, 4–7.
  8. Radford, J. (2011). Should Britain ban the burqa? The Freethinker, 131(11), 10–11.
  9. Radford, J. (2011). The wrong sort of religion? The Freethinker, 131(7), 10–11.
  10. Radford, J. (2010). All out of step but our Terry. The Freethinker, 130(2), 10–11.
  11. Radford, J. (2010). Honest serving men. The Freethinker, 130(3), 8–9.
  12. Radford, J. (2010). No gender please, we’re British. QUEST, The Journal of the Queen’s English Society, 105(Summer), 37–44.
  13. Radford, J. (2010). Richard Swinburne’s God. The Freethinker, 130(7), 8–9.
  14. Radford, J. (2010). A conspiracy against the laity? PsyPAG Quarterly, 77(Dec.), 11–13.
  15. Radford, J. (2010). The elephant and the kangaroo. The Freethinker, 130(11), 8–10.
  16. Radford, J. (2010). The secret of success. The Freethinker, 130(4), 10–11.
  17. Radford, J. (2009). English as she is wrote. PsyPAG Quarterly, 73, 13–15.
  18. Radford, J. (2009). Fully human. The Freethinker, 129(7), 8–9.
  19. Radford, J. (2009). Honest serving men. The Freethinker, 129(10), 8–9.
  20. Radford, J. (2009). How long do lecturers last? PsyPAG Quarterly, 71, 18–22.
  21. Radford, J. (2009). Not bread alone: spirituality versus religion. The Freethinker, 129(2), 8–9.
  22. Radford, J. (2009). The big questions in science and religion. The Freethinker, 129(4), 8–10.
  23. Radford, J. (2009). The credulity principle. The Freethinker, 129(12), 8–9.
  24. Radford, J. (2008). ‘Oh what a noble mind is here o-erthrown’. The Freethinker, 128(10), 8–9.
  25. Radford, J. (2008). Chacun à son goût? The Freethinker, 128(1), 8–9.
  26. Radford, J. (2008). Credo. The Freethinker, 128 (9), 8–9.
  27. Radford, J. (2008). How to be a good academic. PsyPAG Quarterly, 68, 21–25.
  28. Radford, J. (2008). How to succeed in psychology. PsyPAG Quarterly, 67, 43–46.
  29. Radford, J. (2008). Looking for loopholes. The Freethinker, 128(11), 8–9.
  30. Radford, J. (2008). No compulsion? The Freethinker, 128(7), 8–9.
  31. Radford, J. (2008). A fine frenzy. The Freethinker, 128(4), 6–7.
  32. Radford, J. (2008). The hopeless Pope. The Freethinker, 128(3), 6–7.
  33. Radford, J. (2008). A moral compass. The Freethinker, 128(8), 8–9.
  34. Radford, J. (2008). An open letter to the Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks. The Freethinker, 128(5), 10–11.
  35. Radford, J. (2008). A place for everything and everything in its place. Psychology Teaching Review, 14(2), 58–61.

Oral Contribution

  1. Radford, J. (2008). A brief psychological autobiography, Invited entry in the Oral History Project of the British Psychological Society. Text available from the author by email.

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Research archive

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Radford, J. (2006). Psychology and religion: What are they? History and Philosophy of Psychology, 8, 1–11.
  2. Radford, J. (1998). Do students want a psychology of consciousness and experience? Consciousness and Experiential Psychology, 2, 7–9.

Non-peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Radford, J. (2007). The Regensburg row. The Freethinker, 127(6), 10–11.
  2. Radford, J. (2007). When ‘divine’ revelations collide, strife is sure to follow. The Freethinker, 127(12), 12–13.
  3. Radford, J. (2007). The rules of religion. The Freethinker, 127(4), 6–7.
  4. Radford, J. (2007). The untruth of religion. The Freethinker, 127(8), 6–7.
  5. Radford, J. (2006). Could you repeat that word, please? QUEST, the Journal of the Queen’s English Society, 93, 11–14.
  6. Radford, J. (2006). First impressions of the Holy Koran. The Freethinker, 126(11), 6–7.
  7. Radford, J. (2006). It’s only human nature! The Freethinker, 126(8), 6–7.
  8. Radford, J. (2006). Respecting religion. The Freethinker, 126(5), 6.
  9. Radford, J. (2006). The unkindest cut? The Freethinker, 126(2), 6.
  10. Radford, J. (2005). From the right, number! QUEST, the Journal of the Queen’s English Society, 90(19–22).
  11. Radford, J. (2005). What is religion? The Freethinker, 125(10), 11.
  12. Radford, J. (2005). Who’s Who, or is it Whom? Quest, the Journal of the Queen’s English Society, 89, 32–35.
  13. Radford, J. (2004). After the apple. The Freethinker, 124, 12–13.
  14. Radford, J. (2004). All for one and one for all? The Psychologist, 17, 578–579.
  15. Radford, J. (2004). Defending the faith. The Freethinker, 123, 10–11.
  16. Radford, J. (2004). English in Covent Garden. Quest, the Journal of the Queen’s English Society, 88, 34–36.
  17. Radford, J. (2004). The sea squirt finds God. The Freethinker, 124, 4.
  18. Radford, J. (2003). It’s a miracle — or is it? The Freethinker, 123, 6.
  19. Radford, J. (2002). Cyril Burt and the Eleven Plus. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 4(23), 30.
  20. Radford, J. (2002). Morals without religion. The Freethinker, 122, 11.
  21. Radford, J. (2001). Doctor Doctor! QUEST: The Journal of the Queen’s English Society, 78, 16–18.
  22. Radford, J. (2001). Doctor of what? Teaching in Higher Education, 6, 527–529. doi:10.1080/13562510120078063
  23. Radford, J., & Collins, J. (2001). Brought to book? The Psychologist, 14, 18–19.
  24. Radford, J. (2000). Don’t want to worry yer. PsyPAG Quarterly Newsletter, 36(Sep), 36–40.
  25. Radford, J. (2000). On “on”. Quest — the Journal of the Queen’s English Society, 76(Sep), 5–6.
  26. Radford, J. (2000). Payment to academic authors. Newsletter of the Division for Teachers & Researchers in Psychology of the British Psychological Society, 4, 16–22.
  27. Radford, J. (2000). Ten religious reasonings. The Freethinker, 120(2).
  28. Radford, J., & Holdstock, L. (1999). Psychology as a subject, compared to other subjects. Psychology Teaching Review, 8, 26–36.
  29. Radford, J. (1998). Prodigies in the press. High Ability Studies, 9, 153–164. doi:10.1080/1359813980090202

Books

  1. Radford, J. (2007). Don’t you believe it! Some things everybody knows that actually ain’t so. London: Stepney Green Press.
  2. Radford, J. (1999). The intelligence of Sherlock Holmes and other three-pipe problems. London: Sigma Forlag Intl.

Edited Books

  1. Radford, J. (Ed.). (1998). Gender and choice in education and occupation. London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203443118
  2. Radford, J., van Laar, D., & Rose, D. (Eds.). (1998). Innovations in psychology teaching. Birmingham: Staff and Educational Development Association.

Book Chapters

  1. Radford, J. (2003). The higher education context. In R. Bayne (Ed.), Applied psychology: Current issues and new directions. London: Sage.
  2. Radford, J. (2003). The professional academic. In R. Bayne (Ed.), Applied psychology: Current issues and new directions. London: Sage.
  3. Radford, J. (2002). Examining higher education: An English perspective. In A. Raaheim & K. Raaheim (Eds.), Examining: An academic headache. Bergen: Sigma Forlag.

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