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BERA Masters Dissertation Award Winner

Ellie Campbell, Ms

Head of Product Development at UK Coaching Solutions Ltd

Ellie Campbell is the co-winner of the 2022 BERA Master’s Dissertation Award for her dissertation “An investigation into Teacher Leadership: A case study of secondary school teachers’ professional experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic in England”

You can read her abstract here:

The Teacher Leadership in COVID-19 (TLC-19) project is a thematic case study investigating secondary school teachers’ perspectives of Teacher Leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic in maintained schools and Academies in England. TLC-19 aims to describe, understand, and explain what it means to be a teacher and exercise leadership during a crisis. TLC-19 adopts methods that produce qualitative data in order to investigate the conceptualisation of Teacher Leadership using methodological triangulation. First, TLC-19 conceptualises Teacher Leadership through the codified experiences of educational professionals using UK Government policy command papers; second, TLC-19 analyses the espoused experiences of educational professionals through participant produced drawings and, semi-structured interviews with five teachers; and third, theorises the data through the use of Bourdieu’s (1986b) ‘thinking tools’. TLC-19 presents my novel conceptualisation of Teacher Leadership in order to provide an original and significant contribution to how and why Teacher Leadership can be re-imagined in the post-pandemic world. This conceptualisation uses three themes, (i) Trust, (ii) Collegiality and (iii) a Human-Centred Approach to Teaching and Learning (HCATL). These interlocking and interdependent themes are essential to foster a more inclusive and educative form of Teacher Leadership post-pandemic. Importantly, TLC-19 uses Bourdieu’s (1986b) ‘thinking tools’ of capital (economic, social, cultural and symbolic) to expose the power struggles and social complexities of the field.

Ellie Campbell's contributions

BERA Masters Dissertation Award

Closes 9 Jan 2023

Every year BERA recognises academic excellence and rigour in research by a Master of Education student. This underscores BERA’s commitment to developing capacity, advancing quality and...

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2022 Masters Dissertation Award Winners

Every year BERA recognises academic excellence and rigour in research by a Master of Education student. This underscores BERA’s commitment to developing capacity, advancing quality and...

Masters

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