Dr Rebecca Turner
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Dr Rebecca Turner

Educational Developer

PedRIO & Educational Development

Role

My current responsibilities include:

  • Teaching on the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice;
  • Undertaking a programme of pedagogic research;
  • Offering advice and guidance to academic staff around all aspects of pedagogic research;
University Teaching Fellow 2010, 2013

Senior Fellow of the HEA

 

Qualifications

Employment History
2010 - to date:
Educational Developer, Educational Development, University of Plymouth
2006 - 2010: Educational Researcher & Developer, University of Plymouth
2002 - 2003: Research Assistant, University of Sussex

Education & Qualifications
2003 - 2006:
PhD (Late Quaternary fire history of the Eastern Mediterranean region), University of Plymouth.
2001 - 2002: MSc in Biological Diversity (Distinction), University of Plymouth 
1999 - 2001 : BSc  Geography 2.i  (Hons), University of Hull.

Teaching interests

Currently my teaching includes:

i) General Teaching Associates course;
ii) Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice;
iii) Bespoke research skills workshops

Research interests

My research relates primarily to issues affecting the practice styles, identities and research activities of lecturers working in a number of HE settings.  The key issues I am interesting in are:

i) New academics and their practice styles – Today’s universities are international in their outlook,with staff and students drawn from a wide range of countries. They bring with them professional and educational knowledge constructed under differing cultural contexts to those they are now operating in. Context plays a significant role in determining the approach academics take to teaching, yet this is rarely recognised explicitly in programmes for new staff (Trigwell & Prosser, 1996).  Along with Dr Rong Haung, Dr Nick Pratt & Polly Magne, we are examining the knowledge new academics draw upon in their first year of teaching, the influence of differing cultural and professional backgrounds, and the contribution this makes to their professional practice.

ii) The emerging professional identities of HE in FE lecturers - FE colleges deliver a range of vocational, academic and recreational courses,however the majority of these courses are validated and inspected by external bodies.  The introduction of Foundation Degrees resulted in a change in the working practices of colleges and lecturers.  For the first time lecturers had the freedom to design their own courses. However, they also had to adapt to this new qualification, new quality systems,new collaborative partnerships with universities and consider flexible modes of delivery.  Lecturers also had opportunities to undertake HE staff development activities including scholarly activity and research. These changes in college lecturers working practices could have a considerable impact upon individuals’ professional identity, especially for those who are teaching HE and FE courses.  The emerging professional identities of HE in FE lecturers are being explored, with a particularly attention been placed on the role scholarly activity and research plays in these new identities.     

iii) Reward & Recognition - numerous strategies (e.g. promotions/ award schemes) have been used to recognise and reward university and college lecturers for their contributions to learning and teaching. The positive and negative implications of such schemes have been recorded (e.g. Ramsden & Martin, 1996).  Currently, with Professor David Gosling, we are examining the impact of national policy agendas (e.g. Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) designed to raise the profile of teaching and learning through practices of reward and recognition.

iv) Writing as a mode of inquiry - Writing is an integral aspect of the life of every academic.  Scholarly outputs demonstrate the lecturer’s connection with their field of knowledge, the pedagogical imperatives of their practice, the skills base they need to perform their complex roles and to disseminate to the wider community.  Yet traditionally academics receive limited support to develop their academic writing.  With Dr Tony Brown(University of Bristol), Dr Ken Gale & Dr Liz McKenzie, we are examining different methods of writing, introducing academics to different styles and approaches, in order to support their scholarly development.  Through this work we are considering how writing can be used as a method on inquiry(Richardson & St Pierre, 2000) to support and promote the development ofnew academics working across a range of educational settings.  

Grants & contracts

PRTI Funded project: Engaging international students in employability activities: an innovative approach (with Dr Rong Huang, Shirley Walker): £4,500

HEFCE Piloting and Evaluating Measures of Learning Gain: Employing research methods to measure and characterise learning gain in higher education. £100,000 (with Mark Stone, Dr Claire Gray, Carole Sutton, Julie Swain & Prof Pauling Kneale)

Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory 2015: 

The research methods training for the dissertationin contemporary Higher Education £8,813 (with Dr Claire Gray, Carole Sutton & Julie Swain).

HEA Tender EvaluatingTeaching Development in Higher Education: towards an impact assessment: £100,000 (with Prof. Pauline Kneale, Dr Jennie Winter & Lucy Spowart, Plymouth University).

HEA Social Science Strategic Project 2014, Supporting Research Methods Teaching in College Higher Education: £9,950 (with Dr Claire Gray, Carole Sutton & Julie Swain, Plymouth University)

HEA Social Science Strategic Project 2013: Mapping, Understanding, and Supporting Research Teaching within College HE networks: £9,998 (with Dr Claire Gray, Carole Sutton & Julie Swain, Plymouth University)

Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory 2013, University of Plymouth. International students' perspectives on employability: a missing voice: £9,134 (with Dr Rong Huang, Plymouth University)

Plymouth University Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2013,  Subjectivity and assumption in assessment - exploring differences through a comparative evaluation: £8,094 (with Dr Claire Gray & Julie Swain, Plymouth University). 

Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory 2012, University of Plymouth, Becoming a university lecturer in the UK: Negotiating knowledge, experience and learning:£11,567 (with Dr Rong Huang, Dr Nick Pratt & Ms, Polly Magne, Plymouth University).

Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory 2012, University of Plymouth, The Application of Writing as Method of Inquiry and Pedagogic Practice: the promotion and enhancement of teaching, learning, research and scholarly activity within a framework of continuing professional development: £8,298  (with: Dr Ken Gale & Dr Liz McKenzie, Plymouth University)

SEDA Research & Evaluation Small Grants 2011, Evaluation of a university teaching fellowship scheme as a tool to promote pedagogic research and development: £500 (with Priska Schoenborn, Plymouth University)

HEA HE in FE Enhancement Programme, To organise four one-day research skills workshops aimed at supporting HE in FE lecturers /managers to engage in scholarly activity and research: £5,000 (with Dr Angus Carpenter, City College Norwich)

University of Plymouth Teaching Fellowship Award Scheme 2010, Evaluate the use of enterprise to create synergies between graduate skills development, career management and successful induction: £5,000 (with Dr Ross Pomeroy, Claire Gray, Julie Georing (City College Plymouth) & Marc Lintern, Plymouth University)

HEA HE in FE Enhancement Programme, To organise three one-day research skills workshops aimed at supporting HE in FE lecturers / managers to engage in scholarly activity and research: £5,000 (with Dr Angus Carpenter, City College Norwich)

British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara: Travel Grant (£400) for fieldwork in Anatolia, Turkey.

 

 

Peer Reviewed Publications

Turner, R., Huang, R., Poverjuc, O. & Wyness, L. (2016). What role do mentors play in supporting new university lecturers to develop their teaching practices? Professional Development in Education, 21, 1-19.

Turner, R., Spowart, L., Winter, J., Muneer, R., Harvey, C., & Kneale, P. (2016). ‘The lecturer should know what they are talking about’: Student Union Officers perceptions of teaching-related CPD and implications for practice. Innovations in Education & Teaching International. doi.org/10.1080/14703297.2016.1257948 

McKenzie, L.M., Turner, R. & Gale, K.J. (2016). Reflective writing, I wouldn’t start from here: examining a professional development initiative to enhance the scholarly activity of English HE in FE Lecturers. Reflective Practice, 17(4), 430-443.

Spowart, L., Turner, R., Shenton, D. & Kneale, P. (2016). ‘But I have been teaching for 20 years...’: encouraging teaching accreditation for experienced staff working in higher education.  International Journal for Academic Development, 21(3), 201-218.

Gosling, D & Turner, R. (2015). Responding to contestation in teaching and learning projects in the Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the United Kingdom. Studies in Higher Education, 40(9), 1573-1587.

Gray., C., Turner, R., Sutton, C., Petersen, C., Stevens, S., Swain, J., Esmond, B., Schofield, C.& Thackeray, D. (2015).  Research methods teaching in vocational environments: developing critical engagement with knowledge? Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 67(3) 274-293.

Turner, R., Brown, T., Edwards-Jones, A., Hughes, J., Banks, A., Bardsley, J., Bryan, Y., Gray, C., Isaac, A., Mann, J., Mason, M., McKenzie, L., Osborn, J., Rowe, M., Stone, M. & Wilkinson, R. (2015). Narrative explorations into the professional developments of lecturers teaching higher education in English further education colleges.  Professional Development in Education, 41(3), 546-562. 

Winter, J., Turner, R., Gedye, S., Nash, P. & Grant, V. (2015). Graduate teaching assistants: responding to the challenges of internationalisation.  International Journal for Academic Development, 20 (1), 33-45.

Huang, R., Turner, R.& Chen, Q.  (2014) Chinese international students’ perspective and strategies in preparing for their future employability Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 66 (2), 175-193.

Turner, R., Brown, T. &Edwards-Jones, A. (2014). “Writing my first academic article feels like dancing around naked:” research development for higher education lecturers working in further education colleges. International Journal for Academic Development, 19 (2), 87-98.  

Gale, K.J., Turner, R. &McKenzie, L. (2013). Action Research, becoming the assemblage: a Deleuzian reconceptualization of professional practice. Educational Action Research. I first: DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2013.832344

Rutt, L., Gray, C., Turner, R., Swain, J., Hulme, S. & Pomeroy, R. (2013). A social constructivist approach to introducing skills for employment to Foundation Degree Students. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 18 (3), 280-296.

Fitzsimons, J. & Turner, R. (2013).Project-based Learning Using Web 2.0 Technologies. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 5,129-140.

Turner, R. & Gosling, D.(2012). Rewarding Excellent Teaching: the translation of a policy initiative in the United Kingdom.  Higher Education Quarterly, 66, 415-430. Related blog posting on this paper: http://uv-net.uio.no/wpmu/hedda/2012/11/05/guest-blogger-rewarding-excellent-teaching-in-the-uk-from-policy-to-practice/

Summers, D. & Turner, R. (2011).Outside the green box: embedding Education for Sustainable Development through co-operative inquiry. Education Action Research, 19, 453-468.

Gale, K.J., Turner, R., &McKenzie, L.M. (2011). Communities of Praxis? Scholarship and practice styles of the HE in FE professional. Journal of Vocational Education and Training,63, 159-169.

Mason, M., Mann, J., Bardsley,J.R.& Turner, R. (2010). College lecturers experiences of scholarly activity and research in an FE College. The Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 5,115-136.http://www.pestlhe.org.uk/index.php/pestlhe/article/view/90/205 

Turner, R., McKenzie, L.M. & Stone, M. (2009).‘Square peg –round hole’: the emerging professional identities of HE in FElecturers working in a partner college network in south west England. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 14, 355-368.

Turner, R., McKenzie, L.M., McDermott, A.P. &Stone, M. (2009). Emerging HE cultures: perspectives from CETL Award Holders in a partner college network. Journal of Further and Higher Education,33, 255-263.

Turner, R., Young, P., Menon, S. & Stone, M. (2008). 'In the sunshine': a case study exploring the impact of a CETL award scheme. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 32,441-448.

Recent conference Papers
Turner, R., Morrison, D., Cotton, D. & Nash, T. (2016). First impressions of Plymouth: insights gained through the first impressions survey of first year students. Paper presented at the 5th Annual PedRIO Conference, Plymouth University.

 Turner, R., Gray, C., Sutton, C., Swain, J. & Muneer, R. (2016). Research-based pedagogies in vocationally orientated higher education: lecturers’ ambitions and students reactions.   Paper presented at the ‘Research-based Pedagogies symposium; as part of the Higher Education Conference, University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam 13-15th July 2016.

 Turner, R., Morrison, D. & Cotton, D. (2016). Evaluating a cross-institutional change programme: An ethnographic approach. Paper presented at the ‘Evaluation in practice: examining the diverse roles of evaluation in contemporary higher education’ symposium convened by Rebecca Turner as part of the Higher Education Conference, University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam 13-15th July 2016.

 Turner, R., Morrison, D., Cotton, D. & Kneale, P. (2016). Interdisciplinarity and the first year curriculum: realising the potential of Plymouth Plus.  Workshop delivered at the VC’s Teaching & learning Conference, Plymouth University 30th June 2016.

 Turner, R., Swain, R., Gray, C., Sutton, C., Muneer, R., Stone, M. & Kneale, P. (2016). Employing research methods to measure and characterise learning gain in HE. Paper presented at the VC’s Teaching & learning Conference, Plymouth University 30th June 2016.

 Turner, R. & Morrison, D. (2016). Collaboration and the Role of Educational Developers in Building Interdisciplinary UG Curricula. Workshop delivered at the 21st Annual SEDA Conference Surviving and Thriving – effective innovation and collaboration in the new Higher Education. Jury’s Inn, Brighton, 3-4th November 2016.

 Huang, R & Turner, R. (2016). Chinese International students perceptions on employability: a qualitative study. Paper presented at the SRHE Annual Conference, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, 7-9th December 2016

Gray, C., Sutton, C., Turner, R., and Swain, J. Situating Research Methods Teaching Across Diverse Educational Environments. European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2015: Education and Transition - Contributions from Educational Research, Corvinus University of Budapest , Hungary, 7 - 11 September 

Osborn, J., Kneale, P.E., Turner, R. and Bacon. A. (2015) An alternative approach to exploring the student experience using psychological contracts. Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference, Newport UK, 9-11 December 

Spowart, L., Turner, R., Winter, J., Muneer, R. and Kneale, P.E. Evaluating teaching-related CPD in the UK: Time to take stock. Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference, Newport, UK, 9-11 December 

Turner, R., Cotton, D., Child, S., Stevens, S., Nash, P. and Kneale, P.E. Changing curriculum to prepare first year students for university-level study- reflecting on the experiences of academics. Paper presented as part of a themed symposium ‘Teachers Innovating in Higher Education Curricular’ given at European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2015: Education and Transition - Contributions from Educational Research, Corvinus University of Budapest , Hungary, 7 - 11 September

Turner, R., Cotton, D., Child, S., Stevens, S., Nash, P. and Kneale, P.E.  Evaluating a cross-institutional change in the induction of first year students. Paper presented as part of a themed symposium ‘Evaluating as a basis for policy and practice in higher education’. European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2015: Education and Transition - Contributions from Educational Research, Corvinus University of Budapest , Hungary, 7 - 11 September

Turner, R., Winter, J., Spowart, L., Muneer, R. and Kneale, P.E. Never the twain shall meet? Student involvement in staff CPD.  SEDA Annual Conference 2015, St David’s Hotel and Spa, Cardiff, UK, 19-20 November

Hillier, Y. & Turner, R. (2014). HE/FE partnerships for research and scholarly activity. Paper to be presented as part of the Research and scholarly activity: negotiating the challenges of engaging in research for college-based HE lecturers symposium, presented at the SRHE annual conference, 10-12th December 2014, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales.  

Osborn, J., Kneale, P., Turner, R. and Bacon, A. (2014). Subtle Transformers: How academics shape and influence student expectations. Poster to be presented at the SRHE annual conference, 10-12th December 2014, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales.  

Spowart, L., Turner, R., Kneale, P. and Shenton, D. (2014). ‘Raising our game’: the impact of an in-house teacher accreditation scheme on experienced academics. Paper presented at the ICED Conference 16-18th June 2014, Stockholm, Sweden.

Turner, R., Huang, R., Poverjuc. O. and Wyness, L. (2014). Networks of support: examining the role of mentoring in supporting new lecturers to develop their teaching practices. Poster to be presented at the SRHE annual conference, 10-12th December 2014, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales.  

Turner, R., Huang, R. and Chen, Q. (2014). International education and graduate employability: views from the Mainland China students who are studying in the UK. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Science, 11-13th June 2014, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Winter, J., Gedye, S. and Turner, R. (2014). Inequalities in teaching opportunities for graduate teaching assistants.  Paper presented at the Higher Education Academy Annual Conference, 2-3rd July 2014, Aston University, Birmingham.

Gray,C., Turner, R., Sutton,C., Peterson, C. & Swain, J.  (2013). Research methods teaching in vocational environments – developing critical engagement with knowledge? Paper presented at SRHE 2013, Celtic Manor, Wales.

Spowart, L., Turner, R., Shenton, D. & Kneale, P. (2013) Can I just check…do we HAVE to do this?’: Exploring staff motivations for applying for HEA fellowship. Paper presented at SRHE 2013, Celtic Manor, Wales. 

Turner, R., Huang, R. & Poverjuc, O. (2012). Challenging Times: An Exploration of The Diverse Experiences of Lecturers Learning to Teach in UK Higher Education.  Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, University of Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain 18-21st September 2012.

Turner, R., Huang, R. & Poverjuc, O.(2012). “I made a lot of assumptions…” Becoming a university lecturer in the UK: negotiating knowledge, experience and learning. Paper presented at the International Congress for Educational Development Conference, Bangkok, Thailand 23-25th July 2012.

Turner, R. Brown, T., Edwards-Jones, A.E., with A. Banks,J. Bardsley, Y. Bryan, C. Gray, J. Hughes, A. Isaac, J. Mann, M. Mason, L.,McKenzie, J. Osborn, M. Rowe, M. Stone and R Wilkinson.(2012). “Confidence to Become a Researcher, Confidence to Have a Voice:” Examining Narrative Approaches to Practice. Paper presented at the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Campaign, USA. 

 

 

 

 

 

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