HEATHER MARSHALL

    Accepting PhD Students

    20232024

    Research activity per year

    Personal profile

    Biography

    I am a dedicated and accomplished senior lecturer, teacher trainer, educationalist, and researcher, with a rich history of fostering excellence in higher education and teacher training. My journey has been one of continuous growth, marked by a commitment to enhancing teaching and learning experiences for educators at various stages of their careers.

    Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer and Religious Education PGCE Course Leader at Edge Hill University, a position I have held since January 2022. In this role, I lead and guide aspiring teachers through the intricacies of religious education pedagogy, inspiring them to cultivate effective teaching practices. I have also had the privilege of working in esteemed institutions such as Bath Spa University, University College London - Institute of Education, and Sheffield Hallam University, where I assumed leadership roles and contributed significantly.

    My influence extends beyond classroom settings as I actively engage with external organizations, networking to promote innovative educational practices. Over the past decade, I have been a key figure in the British Association of Education Research (BERA) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), showcasing my commitment to advancing the field of education through collaborative efforts.

    My extensive experience spans a spectrum of teaching levels and approaches, from undergraduate to postgraduate education. I have honed my skills in effectively supporting Level 4 to 7 trainee teachers, demonstrating a deep understanding of diverse student needs. I possess a robust academic background, including an EdD, MA, Farmington Fellowship, and BSc, which has empowered me to infuse my teaching and mentorship with evidence-based insights.

    In alignment with my commitment to scholarly inquiry, I have contributed to publications such as 'Engaging Religious Education' and 'A new approach to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC).' Additionally, I have presented at esteemed conferences, notably the AULRE conference and the North of England RE Conference, where I shared my perspectives on contemporary educational challenges and innovative solutions.

    My practice is characterized by a comprehensive understanding of effective pedagogy, innovative teaching and assessment strategies, and a strong grasp of educational technologies. I have been instrumental in influencing and leading the practices of both novice and seasoned educators, fostering an environment of continuous improvement and excellence.

    As I reflect on my teaching journey, I am invigorated by the dynamic nature of education and remain steadfast in my pursuit of elevating teaching and learning experiences. My efforts, consistently demonstrated, have significantly impacted the landscape of religious education and teacher training, positioning me as a dedicated practitioner and leader in higher education.

    Research interests

    My research interests are diverse and encompass various facets of educational practice, pedagogy, and religious education. With a strong foundation in academic achievement and a commitment to advancing educational knowledge, I have explored and contributed to the following research areas:

    1. Religious Education Pedagogy and Curriculum Development: Central to my research pursuits is the exploration of effective pedagogical approaches within the realm of religious education. I am deeply engaged in understanding how to design, implement, and refine curriculum models that foster critical thinking, inclusivity, and cultural sensitivity in religious education settings. My investigations delve into innovative teaching methodologies that enhance student engagement and comprehension.

    2. Teacher Training and Professional Development: Drawing from my extensive experience in teacher training, I am dedicated to researching the most impactful strategies for preparing educators for the challenges of the modern classroom. I am interested in the design of comprehensive teacher training programs that equip novice teachers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary for successful educational careers.

    3. Diversity and Inclusion in Education: My research endeavors extend to the exploration of diversity and inclusion within educational environments, particularly as it pertains to religious education. I am interested in investigating how educators can create inclusive spaces that accommodate students from various cultural and religious backgrounds, fostering mutual respect and understanding.

    4. Impact of Technology on Learning: Given the rapid advancements in technology, I am intrigued by the potential of digital tools to enhance the teaching and learning experience. I explore the integration of technology in educational settings, examining its impact on student engagement, learning outcomes, and the evolution of pedagogical practices.

    5. Teacher Identity and Development: Another area of keen interest is the development of teacher identity and the factors that contribute to the growth of educators as professionals. I am curious about the role of mentorship, self-reflection, and ongoing professional development in shaping teachers' identities and their ability to create meaningful learning experiences.

    6. Education Policy and Reform: My research pursuits extend to the examination of education policy and reform initiatives, with a focus on their implications for religious education and teacher training. I am interested in critically analyzing policy changes and their potential to influence teaching practices, curriculum development, and student outcomes.

    7. Assessment and Evaluation in Education: I am dedicated to investigating assessment and evaluation practices within educational contexts, exploring how these practices can be optimized to provide meaningful feedback to students and drive continuous improvement in teaching strategies.

    8. Veganism in Education: I am deeply intrigued by the role of education in fostering awareness and understanding of veganism as a lifestyle choice and its broader implications. I investigate how educational institutions can incorporate discussions about veganism into their curricula, promoting a well-rounded understanding of ethical, environmental, and health considerations associated with plant-based diets.

    Teaching

    My teaching experience is a testament to my dedication, expertise, and commitment to advancing education across various levels and contexts. With a robust academic background and a passion for fostering transformative learning experiences, I have consistently demonstrated a strong impact on students and fellow educators alike.

    1. Higher Education Pedagogy: My teaching journey began within the realm of higher education, where I have excelled as a Senior Lecturer, Course Leader, and Teaching Fellow. I have spearheaded the Religious Education PGCE course at Edge Hill University, guiding aspiring teachers through a comprehensive exploration of pedagogy, curriculum design, and assessment strategies. My role involves planning and delivering engaging lectures, workshops, and seminars that empower students to become confident and effective educators.

    2. Teacher Training and Professional Development: At esteemed institutions including Bath Spa University, University College London - Institute of Education, and Sheffield Hallam University, I have taken on leadership roles in designing and implementing Religious Education Teach First PDGE programs. Through these initiatives, I have played a pivotal role in equipping novice educators with the necessary tools to excel in the classroom, emphasizing innovative teaching methodologies and inclusive practices.

    3. Curriculum Design and Enhancement: My expertise extends to curriculum design and enhancement, where I have consistently sought to create enriching and relevant learning experiences. I have crafted curricula that incorporate a diverse range of teaching resources, promote critical thinking, and respond to evolving educational trends. My focus on enhancing curricula has contributed to the development of engaging and impactful learning journeys for students.

    4. Inclusive Teaching Practices: Recognizing the importance of inclusivity, I have championed inclusive teaching practices that accommodate diverse student needs and backgrounds. Through my work, I have promoted an environment that fosters mutual respect, understanding, and active participation among students of varying abilities and experiences.

    5. Mentorship and Support: A key aspect of my teaching experience involves providing mentorship and support to fellow educators and trainee teachers. I have actively engaged in the mentoring process, guiding novice teachers through their professional development journey. This has included providing constructive feedback, sharing best practices, and fostering a collaborative learning community.

    6. Research Integration: Infusing research into my teaching approach, I have exposed students to evidence-based educational practices and encouraged them to critically evaluate and apply research findings. By incorporating current research and scholarly discussions, I have inspired students to engage with educational theories and innovations.

    7. Educational Technology Integration: Leveraging my proficiency in various educational technologies, I have integrated digital tools into my teaching to enhance engagement and learning outcomes. I have effectively utilized technology to facilitate interactive learning experiences, promote collaborative projects, and enable students to develop digital literacy skills.

    8. Conference Presentations and Publications: Beyond the classroom, I have actively contributed to the academic community through conference presentations and publications. I have shared insights on topics such as empowered worldviews in religious education, practical explorations in RE, social media's role in RE, and more. My contributions reflect my dedication to advancing educational discourse and sharing best practices with a broader audience.

    My multifaceted teaching experience is a reflection of my unwavering commitment to fostering excellence in education. Through innovative pedagogical approaches, mentorship, and a deep understanding of diverse student needs, I have consistently made a meaningful impact on the teaching and learning landscape.

    External engagement

    My commitment to external engagement has been a cornerstone of my professional journey, allowing me to contribute to the broader educational community and foster collaborations that drive positive change. Through active involvement in various organizations, conferences, and outreach initiatives, I have consistently sought to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and influence educational practices beyond the confines of my immediate teaching environment. Here's an overview of my external engagement activities:

    1. Professional Memberships: I have maintained active memberships in esteemed professional organizations such as the British Association of Education Research (BERA), Higher Education Academy (HEA), UKATA, and Farmington Fellow. These memberships signify my dedication to staying informed about current educational trends, engaging in scholarly discussions, and contributing to the advancement of educational research and practice.

    2. Conference Presentations: I have participated in and presented at notable conferences, including the AULRE conference and the North of England RE Conference. Through these presentations, I have shared my research findings, insights, and innovative teaching practices with fellow educators, researchers, and stakeholders. This has facilitated the exchange of ideas and sparked meaningful discussions within the academic community.

    3. Research Dissemination: Beyond conferences, I have actively disseminated my research through seminars, workshops, and online platforms. By engaging in these activities, I aim to promote the practical application of research findings and provide educators with valuable insights that can inform their teaching practices and approaches.

    4. External Liaison and Networking: I have established connections with external organizations and educational stakeholders to foster collaborations and promote the exchange of knowledge. This engagement has allowed me to contribute to discussions on educational policy, curriculum development, and pedagogical innovations, thereby influencing the broader educational landscape.

    5. Publications: My dedication to external engagement is further demonstrated through my publications, including articles such as "Behind the RE Teacher Recruitment Crisis" and contributions to educational journals. By sharing my research and perspectives, I contribute to the ongoing dialogue on critical educational issues and advocate for evidence-based practices.

    6. Leadership Roles: I have taken on leadership roles, such as serving as the SIG Convenor for the British Association of Education Research (BERA), where I actively contribute to shaping the agenda for discussions and initiatives related to education. This leadership involvement underscores my commitment to influencing educational practices and policies at a broader level.

    7. Collaborations with External Partners: I have collaborated with external partners, such as the Relational Schools Project, where I served as a Research Analyst and Project Manager. These collaborations have allowed me to engage with diverse stakeholders, contribute to research initiatives, and influence educational practices beyond traditional academic settings.

    In essence, my external engagement activities reflect my passion for fostering positive change in education and contributing to the continuous improvement of teaching and learning practices. Through active participation in conferences, collaborations, publications, and leadership roles, I aim to contribute to a vibrant educational community that values innovation, inclusivity, and evidence-based approaches.

    Public/media engagement

    I recognize the importance of reaching a wider audience beyond academia and have actively participated in public and media engagement activities to share my expertise and perspectives. Here's an overview of my public and media engagement endeavors:

    1. Public Talks and Workshops: I have organized and delivered public talks and workshops on various educational topics, such as the impact of religious education, effective pedagogical strategies, and the role of technology in learning. These events have provided a platform for me to engage with parents, educators, students, and community members, fostering meaningful discussions and offering practical insights.

    2. Media Contributions: I have contributed to media outlets, sharing my expertise on subjects related to education, religious education, and pedagogy. My insights have been featured in articles, interviews, and opinion pieces, allowing me to reach a broader audience and provide valuable perspectives on pressing educational issues.

    3. Publications for General Audience: In addition to academic publications, I have written articles and blog posts intended for a general audience. These pieces distill complex educational concepts into accessible language, making educational insights and research findings more comprehensible and relatable to a wider readership.

    4. Social Media Engagement: I actively engage with social media platforms to share educational content, relevant research findings, and thought-provoking insights. By leveraging social media, I aim to initiate discussions, connect with fellow educators, and provide information that resonates with a diverse online audience.

    5. Podcast Appearances: I have participated as a guest on educational and related podcasts, discussing topics such as the challenges and opportunities in religious education, innovative teaching practices, and the evolving landscape of teacher training. These podcast appearances allow me to reach listeners who are interested in education and related fields.

    6. Contributions to Educational Websites: I have contributed articles and educational resources to websites and online platforms dedicated to teaching, learning, and professional development. These contributions serve as practical guides and insights for educators seeking to enhance their teaching practices and stay informed about educational trends.

    7. Collaborations with Educational Initiatives: I have collaborated with educational initiatives aimed at promoting best practices in teaching and learning. These collaborations often involve sharing my expertise through webinars, panel discussions, and workshops, contributing to the professional development of educators and facilitating knowledge exchange.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Education, EdD, Veganism in Education, University of Chester

    Award Date: 1 Aug 2023

    PGCert, PGCert, Inclusivity in HE, University of Liverpool

    Award Date: 2 Sept 2016

    Education (MEd), Other, Education, Liverpool Hope University

    Award Date: 1 Sept 2016

    Religious Education, MA, Religious Education, University of Warwick

    Award Date: 1 Sept 2011

    PGCE, Other, Religious Education, Liverpool Hope University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

    Sociology, BSc, Sociology, University of Plymouth

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

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