Staff Profile:Professor Rebecca Harris

Name:
Professor R Harris
Job Title:
Professor
Responsibilities:

University Responsibilities:

  • Member of Senate

Institute of Education Responsibilities:

  • Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Member of the Senior Management Group
  • Senior Academic Manager
Areas of Interest:

Expertise and Research Interest:

  • Theory and practice of history teaching
  • Action research
  • Curriculum policy and development
  • Diversity
  • Citizenship
  • Trainee teacher/teacher development
  • Transgender issues

Masters, PhD and EdD Level Supervision offered in these areas:

All of the above.

Current and Recent PhD Students, with Topics/Titles of their Research:

Completions

  • Leah Muteru - Parental participation in English state schools: the case for Kenyan points-based system (PBS) migrants.
  • Marlon Moncrieffe - Examining experiences and perceptions of mass-migration and settlement in Britain over the ages: How can this assist teaching and learning in Key stage 2 history?

Current

  • Ahlam Alatiq - Exploring resistance to change and teacher attitude towards new educational reform in female schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Hilal Al-Shandudi - An Investigation into the Strategic Planning in the MOE in the Sultanate of Oman and its Contribution to Teachers' Professional Learning.
  • Jill Matterface – Use of technology enhanced learning in professional learning: a case study of the RAF.
  • Julie Cracknell – Teacher reflection in an age of performativity.
  • Oğuzhan Hazır - The school placement experience in for teachers of students with SEN in the Turkish teacher training system.
  • Ruth Samuel-D'Morte - Implicit reflection: Exploring reflective practice in the personal lives of teachers in low income schools in South India and its implications for professional practice.
  • Zeynep Butun – ELT teachers’ professional learning in Turkey.

Current and Recent Research Projects:

  • 2015 An examination of history teachers' rationale for content selection (£2000 UoR funded).
  • 2015 An analysis of longitudinal data from the Historical Association's annual surveys (£1500 UoR funded).
  • 2014 Fragmentation in Initial Teacher Education (£1500, UoR funded).
  • 2012-13 An evaluation of the Langley Academy's museum learning curriculum (£10000, Arts Council).
  • 2012-13 What role does the choice of history curriculum topics play in promoting a sense of identity and social cohesion amongst young people? (£2000, UoR funded).
  • 2009-2012 Annual national survey of history in secondary schools (on behalf of the Historical Association - £1500 funding in 2010 from the HEA).
Research groups / Centres:
  • Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education.
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Conference Presentations:

  • Bhopal, K., Harris, R. and Rhamie, J. (2009, September) 'Race', diversity and inclusion: student perspectives. In ECER, Vienna, Austria.
  • Bhopal, K., Harris, R. and Rhamie, J. (2009, September) Student perspectives on 'Race', diversity and inclusion on ITE courses: a case study analysis. In BERA, Manchester.
  • Burn, K. and Harris, R. (2012, April) History education denied: the unheralded growth of a two tier education system in England. In AERA, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Harris, R. (2005, September) Evaluations- what lessons can we learn from these? In BERA, University of Glamorgan.
  • Harris, R. (2009, July) Diversity and the history curriculum: An action research approach to help trainee history teachers embrace cultural and ethnic diversity in the curriculum - initial findings. In History Teacher Educator Network conference, University of Birmingham.
  • Harris, R. (2010, July) Diversity and the history curriculum. In History Teacher Educator Network conference, University of Newport.
  • Harris, R. (2010, September) Diversity and the history curriculum: An action research approach to help trainee history teachers embrace cultural and ethnic diversity in the curriculum. In BERA, University of Warwick.
  • Harris, R. (2012, July) Taking history forward: framing the debate 'correctly'. In Centre for Learner Identity Studies conference at Edge Hill University.
  • Haydn, T. and Harris, R. (2006, September) Pupil perceptions of history as a school subject. In ECER, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Haydn, T. and Harris, R. (2007, September) Getting pupils to 'see the point' of school subjects: history, a case study. In ECER, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Haydn, T. and Harris, R. (2008, September) Children's ideas about what it means 'to get better' at history: a view from the UK. In Empirical Research on History Learning - International Society for History Didactics, Tutzing, Germany.
  • Haydn, T. and Harris, R. (2008, March) Pupil and teacher perspectives on motivation and engagement in high school history: a U.K. view. In AERA, New York, USA.
  • Haydn, T. and Harris, R. (2009, April) What factors influence pupils' commitment to history as a school subject? A view from the United Kingdom. In AERA, San Diego, USA..
  • Haydn, T. and Harris, R.(2007, September) Getting pupils to 'see the point' of school subjects: history, a case study. In, BERA Annual Conference, London, UK.
  • Harris, R. and Reynolds, R. (2014, September) The history curriculum and its personal connection to students from minority ethnic backgrounds. In ECER, Porto, Portugal.
  • Harris, R. and Burn, K. (2014, September) The voice of the profession in the 'History Wars': what teachers' responses reveal about their conceptions of the nature and purpose if history in schools. In BERA, London.
  • Crolla, C., Harris, R. and Heighes, D. (2014, September) Fragmentation in Teacher Education - an examination of current policy and practice in England. In BERA, London.
  • Harris, R. Francis-Brophy, E., Heighes, D., Hopper, G. and Jay, M. (2014, September) An evaluation of an innovative curriculum: the benefits and challenges of implementing a museum learning curriculum in a secondary school. In BERA, London.
  • Heighes, D., Harris, R. Francis-Brophy, E., Hopper, G. and Jay, M. (2014, September) An Evaluation Of An Innovative Curriculum: The Benefits And Challenges Of Implementing A Museum Learning Curriculum In A High School. In ECER, Porto, Portugal.
  • Harris, R. Francis-Brophy, E., Heighes, D., Hopper, G. and Jay, M. (2014, September) The Successes And Challenges Of Implementing A Museum Learning Curriculum: A Study Of Teachers' Responses And Engagement With Innovation. In ECER, Porto, Portugal.

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Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • Member of the Historical Association's Council - 2001-2003
  • Member of the Historical Association's Secondary Executive Committee - 2001-2016
  • Chair of the Historical Association's Secondary Executive Committee - 2007-2010
  • Awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Historical Association - 2011
  • Senior Follow of the Higher Education Academy - 2012
  • Reviewer for journals - including British Educational Research Journal; International Journal of Research and Method in Education; Teaching and Teacher Education, Cambridge Journal of Education, Educational Review
  • QCA consultant for A level/IB history comparability study - 2002
  • Past Forward: a vision for school history, 2002-2012 - conference organiser, and editor of conference papers - 2002
  • Speaker at 2002 and 2004 Reading HA Sixth form conferences
  • Plymouth LEA History conference - keynote speaker and workshops - 2003
  • Project Director for History Initial Teacher Training project - HA project for the TDA to produce training materials for new history teacher trainers - 2003-2006
  • Member of the QCA KS3 Review Board for the National Curriculum - 2006
  • Researcher on Teaching Emotive and Controversial History (TEACH) - HA project funded by DfES - 2006
  • School History Project workshop leader - 2008, 2010, 2012
  • SSAT North West history in-service training - 2010
  • Hampshire History Conference key note speaker - 2015, 2016
  • International consultant for the Nile Schools Federation humanities curriculum - 2010
  • Ofqual consultant for A level international comparability study - 2010-2011
  • • Council of Europe projects - Multiperspectivity in history - 2007-2008 (participant); THEO project - 2008 (author); Education for the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity - 2009-2010 (module leader); Teaching history in a changing world - 2011 (joint venture with the Arab League; module leader) Teaching history for a diverse community - 2012 (official observer for the Council of Europe); Teaching a common history in a divided community: Cyprus - 2013; 'Understanding diversity' Summer School - 2013 (part of a team of 4 coordinators and course leader for a series of workshops); Writer for the CoE' 'Teacher Manifesto for the C21st'; Remembrance of the Holocaust and Education for the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity – 2016-2017 (facilitator)
  • Centre for Holocaust Education associate - 2012-2014
  • Secondary PGCE history external examiner for University of Bath Spa 2004-08, University of Gloucestershire 2007-11, University of Bristol 2012-2014, University Trinity St David's 2013-present, University of Ulster 2015-present
  • Secondary PGCE chief external examiner for University of Gloucestershire 2008-2011, and University of Reading 2008-11
  • MA Humanities Education external examiner, University College London - 2017-present
  • Professional Training for Lefkoşa Türk Lisesi teachers 2014
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Contact Details

Email:
r.j.harris@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 2725

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