Dr Rebecca Turner
Profiles

Dr Rebecca Turner

Educational Developer

Educational Development (Library and Educational Development)

Role

 
Educational Developer

Qualifications

Employment History
2010 - to date:
Educational Developer, Educational Development, University of Plymouth
2006 - 2010: Educational Researcher & Developer, HELP CETL, University of Plymouth


Other professional activities
End Point Assessor for Advance HE
Course Lead for SEDA PDF Award Supporting College Based HE

Education & Qualifications
Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy Award 2015
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice Awarded 2010

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.

Professional membership

Chair of SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) Publications Committee 2017 to date

Member of SEDA Executive 2017

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include:

First year experience

Assessment and feedback

Research methods 

Student voice

Evaluation of teaching

Peer Review of Teaching

Research interests

My current research addresses issues relating to student academic representation and student voice, first year experience and transitions to higher education and learning gain. 

Previously I have undertaken considerable work to examine the development of college-based higher education and continue to research this area.  

I have also been involved with projects to develop evaluation practices in support of educational development work.  

Pedagogic Research Income:

2017: SEDA Identifying the Education Development of Education Sabbatical Officers

2015-17 HEFCE Piloting and Evaluating Measures of Learning Gain: Employing research methods to measure and characterise learning gain in higher education (with Mark Stone, Dr Claire Gray, Carole Sutton, Julie Swain & Prof Pauling Kneale) £100,000

2015-16 PedRIO Funded project: Research methods training for the dissertation in contemporary Higher Education (with Dr Claire Gray, Carole Sutton, Julie Swain): £8,183

2014 HEA Tender: Evaluating Teaching Development: towards and impact assessment (with Prof. Pauline Kneale, Dr Jennie Winter & Dr Lucy Spowart, Plymouth University) £100,000

2013-14 HEA Social Science Strategic Project Supporting Research Methods Teaching in College Higher Education (with Claire Gray, Carole Sutton & Julie Swain, Plymouth University) £9,950

2012-13 HEA Social Science Strategic Project 2013: Mapping, Understanding, and Supporting Research Teaching within College HE networks (with Claire Gray, Carole Sutton & Julie Swain, Plymouth University) £9,998

2012-13 PedRIO Funded project International students' perspectives on employability: a missing voice (with Dr Rong Huang, Plymouth University) £9,134

2012-13 PedRIO Funded project: Becoming a university lecturer in the UK: Negotiating knowledge, experience and learning (with Dr Rong Huang, Dr Nick Pratt & Polly Magne, Plymouth University) £11,567

2012-13 PedRIO Funded project: 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 (with: Dr Ken Gale & Dr Liz McKenzie, Plymouth University) £8,298

2011-12 SEDA Research & Evaluation Small Grants 2011, Evaluation of a university teaching fellowship scheme as a tool to promote pedagogic research and development (with Priska Schoenborn, Plymouth University) £500


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.

 

 

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

Spowart, L., Winter, J., Turner, R. Burden, P., Botham, K.A., Muneer, R.A., van der Sluis H. & Huet, I. (2019). ‘Left with a title but nothing else’: the challenges of embedding professional recognition schemes for teachers within higher education institutions. Higher Education Research & Development  https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2019.1616675

Turner, R., Sutton, C. Gray, C. Swain, J., Stevens, S & Peterson, C. (2018). Student experiences of research methods education in college-based higher education. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 23 (3): 348-367.

Turner, R., Sutton, C. Gray, C., Muneer, R & Swain, J. (2018). Exploring the potential of using undergraduates knowledge, skills and experience in research methods as a proxy for capturing learning gain. Higher Education Pedagogies: Special issue on Learning Gain, 3(1): 222-246.

Winter, J., Turner, R., Spowart, L., Muneer, R & Kneale P. (2017) Evaluating academic development in the higher education sector: academic developers’ reflections on using a toolkit resource, Higher Education Research & Development, 36:7, 1503-1514, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2017.1325351

Spowart, L., Winter, J., Turner, R., Muneer, R., McKenna, C. & Kneale, P. (2017). Evidenging the impact of teaching-related CPD: beyond the ‘happy sheets’. IJAD doi/full/10.1080/1360144X.2017.1340294

Turner, R., Morrison, D., Cotton, D., Child, S., Stevens, S., Nash, P. & Kneale, P. (2017). Easing the transition of first year undergradautes through immersive induction modules. Teaching in Higher Education: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13562517.2017.1301906

Turner, R., Spowart, L., Winter, J., Muneer, R., Harvey, C. & Kneale, P. (2017). ‘The lecturer should know what they are talking about’: Student Union Officers perceptions of teaching-related CPD and implications for their practice. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 54(2), 143-151: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14703297.2016.1257948 

Winter, J., Turner, R., Spowart, L., Muneer, R. & Kneale, P. (2017). Evaluating academic development in the higher education sector: academic developers’ reflections on using a toolkit resource. HERD, doi/full/10.1080/07294360.2017.1325351

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.

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.

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.

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