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BERA Annual Conference 2023 – SIG Best Presentation Award

Conference 2023 best paper award

The SIG convenors shortlisted then attended sessions for their SIG and judged these presentation. The ‘BERA Annual Conference – SIG Best Presentation’ is then awarded.

You can view the full abstracts on the programme here.

Early Childhood Education and Care SIG

Shaddai Tembo and Simon BatesonDiversity in Unity: nurturing anti-racist habits in play through Froebelian pedagogies

Lewis FogartyA New Understanding of Leadership in Early Years

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Shaddai Tembo, Dr

Lecturer at Bath Spa University

Dr Shaddai Tembo is a lecturer in early childhood studies (UK and China) at Bath Spa University and an associate lecturer at the Open University. He is a trustee for the Fatherhood Institute and an independent speaker, trainer and consultant...

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Lewis Fogarty, Mr

Lecturer at Brunel University

Lewis Fogarty is a director of a small group of nurseries in Berkshire and director of Teaching and Learning for the Department of Education at Brunel University, lecturing in leadership and management. His EdD research brings these areas...

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Simon Bateson.

Co-Director (Froebelian Futures) & Research Associate (Froebel MSc) at Edinburgh University

I am a Co-director of Froebelian Futures, an international training and research programme which aims to develop and deepen Froebelian pedagogy and leadership in Scotland and beyond. I also support research and teaching with the School of...

Youth Studies and Informal Education SIG

Ben LohmeyerInformal Education, school bullying and ‘public executions’: young people’s experiences of the hierarchical nature of relationships in school 

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Ben Lohmeyer, Dr

Lecturer at Flinders University of South Australia

Dr Ben Lohmeyer is a youth sociologist and youth worker. He is a lecturer in Social Work (Youth) in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University of South Australia. Ben’s research interests include youth,...

Educational Research and Educational Policy-Making

Kate Hoskins and Emma WainwrightEngaging low-income families in education research: an interdisciplinary exploratory study

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Kate Hoskins, Professor

Professor of Education at Brunel University

Kate is a Professor of Education with a focus on policy. Her research interests rest on the intersections between education policy, identity, inequalities in relation to early years, further and higher education.

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Emma Wainwright, Dr

Reader at Brunel University

Emma is a Reader in the Department of Education at Brunel University London. Her research focuses on the geographies of education, training and welfare/work, with particular interest in higher education and student experience; family, parenting...

Educational Effectiveness and Improvement

Stephanie FlowerDoes size matter? Centralised approaches to curriculum in multi-academy trusts: some practical implications

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Stephanie Flower, Mrs

Senior Lecturer in ITE at Oxford Brookes University

Steph currently works in ITE at Oxford Brookes University as a senior lecturer in primary mathematics. In her final year of a PhD with the University of Northampton, Steph hopes that her research will cast a much-needed spotlight on the...

Practitioner Research

Elizabeth Hidson – From tiny acorns: a co-produced research project between Chinese teacher researchers and UK-based international initial teacher training academics.

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Elizabeth Hidson, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Sunderland

Dr Elizabeth Hidson’s education career began with teaching computing, then school senior leadership and strategic regional secondments. After 14 years in secondary schools, she moved into higher education. She has been a researcher on a range...

Race, Ethnicity and Education

Penny Rabiger – Jumping and pushing through the cruel optimism of racial justice work in schools

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Penny Rabiger, Ms

PhD Student at Leeds Beckett University

Penny Rabiger is a freelance education consultant and PhD Researcher focusing on race, racism & anti-racism in schools in the UK.

Comparative and International Education

Bettina TeegenAfrican International Doctoral Students in the UK: A Study of Acculturation

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Bettina Teegen, Ms

Ph.D. researcher at University of Surrey

Bettina Chioma Teegen is a PhD researcher in the department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. She has a Bachelor in Criminology, an MSc in Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health, a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages and a TESOL...

Creativities in Education

Lisa Stephenson, Angela Colvert and Rachel Lofthouse – Boundary crossings with artists, teachers and children: Integrating creative pedagogies for young people’s wellbeing

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Lisa Stephenson, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University

Lisa Stephenson is a Senior Lecturer in the school of Education at Leeds Beckett University, leading MA Creativity in Education and teaching across ITE. She is founding director of Story Makers Company a practice-based research...

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Angela Colvert, Dr

Lecturer in Education at University of Sheffield

Angela is Lecturer in Education at the University of Sheffield, and Deputy Director of Innovation within the School with particular expertise in co-designing digital games to support creative learning practices (with teachers, children,...

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Rachel Lofthouse, Professor

Professor of Teacher Education at Leeds Beckett University

Rachel Lofthouse is Professor of Teacher Education at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, where she has established ‘CollectivED: the Centre for Coaching, Mentoring, Supervision and Professional Learning’. She has a...

Higher Education

Paula Miles – Understanding and Improving the Wellbeing of Postgraduate Taught Students: A Longitudinal Study

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Paula Miles, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of St. Andrews

Paula J. Miles is a senior lecturer at the School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews. She has extensive experience lecturing and coordinating courses in New Zealand, Canada and Scotland. Paula is currently leading the...

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education

Scott Buckler and Harriett Moore – Enhancing Children’s psychological Wellbeing through training in the martial arts of Wing Chun and Ba Gua

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Scott Buckler, Dr

Chartered Teacher at Holy Trinity School

Scott is a Chartered Teacher and a Chartered Psychologist, with a career in primary and secondary education, eLearning, and various roles in higher education. He currently leads Computing and Information Technology at Holy Trinity School, an...

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Harriett Moore, Mrs

IT Operations Manager at Holy Trinity School

Harriett Moore has a diverse background in the fields of both education and research, originally studying animal behaviour before transferring her skills into human behaviour. She has worked as a secondary teacher and IT operations manager,...

Nature, Outdoor Learning and Play

Nicola Parkin“We were in the fresh air and we were living our best life”: an inductive thematic analysis of UK primary teachers’ experiences of taking part in a nature connection project with their class

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Nicola Parkin, Mrs

PhD student at Cardiff University

After 15 years of teaching primary and early years, I began a PhD in the School of Psychology at Cardiff University, evaluating the impact of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's Generation Wild project. My thesis focuses on the role of the teacher...

Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy

Grace Cardiff – Learning how to implement student voice pedagogies and promote meaningful experiences in Primary Physical Education

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Grace Cardiff, Ms

PhD Student/Primary School Teacher at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland

Grace Cardiff is a qualified primary school teacher in Ireland. She is undertaking her PhD journey at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and her work focuses on the use of student voice pedagogies in fostering more meaningful experiences within...

Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning

Min-Chen Liu –Languages Provision in UK Further Education

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Min-Chen Liu, Dr

Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast

Min-Chen Liu is a multilingual speaker, and her academic background centres around language learning and teaching. She has developed a solid foundation in various aspects of this field, including heritage language learning. This particular area...

Religions, Values and Education

Uzma Asif – How do female Muslim teachers manage the challenges of homogenisation and stereotyping in an educational context?

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Uzma Asif, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University

Uzma Asif is a lecturer on the PGCE Secondary (science) programme at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has 14 years of experience as a secondary school teacher of science in various contexts in Manchester. She has held positions of...

Research Methodology in Education

Ben Knight – Personality differences and small group classroom interactions among 9-11 year olds: A mixed methods analysis deriving recommendations for more personality-sensitive pedagogies.

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Ben Knight, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of the West of England

Dr Ben Knight is a senior lecturer in Education and former teacher and school leader. He lectures on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) postgraduate programmes, master’s and doctoral programmes at the University of the West of England in Bristol,...

Social Theory and Education

Jan Hetherington and Andrew Wilkins – The rise of technocracy and the challenge to deliberative democracy: Using political theory to rethink spaces and practices of school governance

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Jan Hetherington, Dr

Staffordshire University

Dr Jan Hetherington graduated from Staffordshire University with an EdD, with research interests in democracy, school governance and policy. Jan works from a socially critical perspective, utilising Bourdieu to illuminate social inequality. Her...

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Andrew Wilkins, Dr

Reader at University of East London

Andrew Wilkins is Reader in Education and REF Impact Coordinator for UoA 23 Education in the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London where he teaches research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students....

Artificial and Human Intelligence

David Aldridge – Intelligence and embodiment

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David Aldridge, Professor

Head of Secondary and Further Education at Edge Hill University

David taught and led religious education in schools for ten years before moving into higher education. He has taught across a range of programmes in initial teacher education and education studies, initially at King's College London, then Oxford...


Karen Hanrahan – Continuity and change: the teaching vocations of former nuns

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Karen Hanrahan, Ms

Lecturer in Education at Institute of Education

Karen Hanrahan is a lecturer in Languages Education at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society. Prior to this Karen was a principal lecturer in Education at the University of Brighton, where she worked for ten years. She began her HE career...

Alternative Education

Jonah Ulebor – The role of black supplementary schools in the education of black children

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Jonah Ulebor, Mr

Research Student at Leeds Beckett University

Jonah Ulebor, an experienced Maths teacher with over a decade of classroom experience, currently serves as a PhD researcher at Leeds Beckett University's Centre for Race, Education, and Decoloniality. With a fervent commitment to equity in...