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Helen Demetriou

Position/Status

Teaching Associate

E-mail Address:

had24@cam.ac.uk

Phone

01223 767609

Qualifications

  • MA (Hons) Psychology (University of Dundee)
  • PhD Developmental Psychology (King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • British Psychological Society and member of Developmental Psychology section
  • Co-editor for Improving Schools journal
    Peer reviewer for Social Development journal and Educational Studies journal

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Profile

Helen obtained her PhD in developmental psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London in 1998, Since then, she has worked at the Faculty of Education of the University of Cambridge as Research Associate, working with Professor Jean Rudduck.

During this time she has also lectured in developmental psychology in the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies, was Director of Studies at Sidney Sussex College; and currently teaches at the Faculty of Education on undergraduate, masters and doctoral courses.

Helen's research at the Faculty of Education has included: Sustaining pupils’ progress at year 3 (for Ofsted); Boys’ performance in modern foreign languages (for QCA); Friendships and performance at transfer and transition (for DfES); Consulting pupils about teaching and learning (ESRC funded project); How young children talk about fairness and How pupils deal with incidents of unfairness (projects internally funded by Research and Development for Helen Demetriou). More recently Helen has been working on a Gatsby funded project with Elaine Wilson: Supporting opportunities for new teachers’ professional growth; and has been been part of the Kazakhstan Project, focusing on the professional development of teachers in Kazakhstan.

Academic Area/Links

Pupil voice

Gatsby Technical Education Project


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Research Topics

  • Sustaining Progress in Year 3, for OFSTED
  • Boys' Performance in Modern Foreign Languages, for QCA
  • Friendships and Performance at Transfer and Transition, for DfES
  • Consulting Pupils about Teaching and Learning, funded by the ESRC
  • How young children talk about fairness - internally funded by Research and Development
  • How pupils deal with incidents of unfairness - internally funded by Research and Development
  • Teachers' professional learning
  • Professional development of teachers in Kazakhstan

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Course Involvement

UG Tripos

Research and Investigation course coordinator 

PGCE: primary and secondary

MEd Science Practitioners Researching Practice

MPhil Psychology and Education


Current Research Projects

Supporting Opportunities for Newly Qualified Teachers, Gatsby funded project with Elaine Wilson


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Publications

Demetriou, H. (2013) (2nd edition; 1st edition 2009). 'The case study'. In Wilson, E. (ed) School-based Research: A Guide for Education Students. London, Sage.

Demetriou, H., Wilson, E. & Winterbottom, M. (2013). 'Perfection in teaching...settling for excellence'. In M. Evans (ed.) Teacher Education and Pedagogy: Theory, Policy and Practice. Cambridge University Press. The Cambridge Teacher Series.

Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2012). It's bad to be too good: the perils of striving for perfection in teacing. Procedia: Social and Behavioural Sciences, 46, 1801-1805.

Wilson, E., Demetriou, H. & Winterbottom, M. (2012). The quest for perfection in teaching, Science Teacher Education, 64, 40-52.

Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2010). Children should be seen and heard: the power of student voice in sustaining new teachers. Improving Schools, 13, 54-69.

Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2010). Emotion and cognition in teaching and learning: implications for new teachers. Leadership in Focus. Autumn issue.

Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2010). Student voice revisited: its power in sustaining new teachers. Schools Research News. Department for Childtren, Schools and Families (February issue).

Wilson, E., Demetriou, H. & Winterbottom, M. (2010) Climate change: what needs to be done in order to motivate and sustain new science teachers, Science Teacher Education 57, 22-27.

Demetriou, H. (2009). ‘Accessing students’ perspectives through three forms of consultation’ (chapter 6). In Cook Sather, A. (ed) Learning from the Student’s Perspective: A Sourcebook for Effective Teaching. Paradigm Publishers.

Demetriou, H., Wilson, E. & Winterbottom, M. (2009). The role of emotion in teaching: Are there differences between male and female newly qualified teachers’ approaches to teaching? Educational Studies, 35, 449-473.

Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2008). The psychology of teaching: a return to the use of emotion and reflection in the classroom. The Psychologist, 21 (11) 938-940. The British Psychological Society. (November issue)

Demetriou, H. & Wilson, E. (2008). Synthesising affect and cognition in teaching and learning. Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 12, 213-232. Published online-first, and can be viewed at the journals website: http://www.springer.com/education/journal/11218

Demetriou, H. & Hopper, B. (2007). ‘Some things are fair, some things are not fair and some things are not, NOT fair’: young children’s experiences of ‘unfairness’ in school (p. 167-192). In Thiessen, D. & Cook-Sather, A. (eds.) The International Handbook of Student Experience of Elementary and Secondary School. Springer Science.

Wilson, E. & Demetriou, H. (2007) New teacher learning: substantive knowledge and contextual factors. The Curriculum Journal, 18, 213-229.

Demetriou, H. & Hay, D. (2004). Toddlers’ reactions to the distress of familiar peers: the importance of context. Infancy, 6, 299-318.

Demetriou, H. & Rudduck, J. (2004). Pupils as researchers: the importance of using their research evidence. Primary Leadership Paper: Teaching as a research informed profession, 11, 31-34. For the National Association of Head Teachers.

Demetriou, H. (2003). Pupils’ views about friendships and schoolwork. Improving Schools, 6, 10-19.

Rudduck, J. & Demetriou, H. (2003). Student perspectives and teacher practices: the transformative potential. McGill Journal of Education, 38, 274-288.

MacBeath, J. Demetriou, H., Rudduck, J. & Myers, K. (2003). Consulting pupils: A toolkit for teachers. Pearson Publishing.

Demetriou, H. & Rudduck, J. (2001). Transforming our perceptions of pupils. ESRC/TLRP Newsletter, schools edition.

Doddington, C., Bearne, E., Demetriou, H. & Flutter, J. (2001). ‘Testing, testing, testing...can you hear me?’ Can year 3 pupils tell us anything we don’t know already about assessment? Education 3-13 The Professional Journal for Primary Education, 29, 43-46.

MacBeath, J., Myers, K. & Demetriou, H. (2001). Supporting teachers in consulting pupils about aspects of teaching and learning, and evaluating impact. Forum, 43, 78-82.

Jones, B., Jones, G., Demetriou, H., Downes, P. & Rudduck, J. (2001). Boys’ performance in modern foreign languages – listening to learners. London: CILT.

Demetriou, H., Goalen, P. & Rudduck, J. (2000). Academic performance, transfer, transition and friendship: listening to the student voice. International Journal of Educational Research, 33, 425-441.

Dunn, J., Cutting, A.L. & Demetriou, H. (2000). Moral sensibility, understanding others, and children’s friendship interactions in the preschool period. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 18, 159-177.

Hay, D.F., Castle, J., Davies, L., Demetriou, H. & Stimson, C.A. (1999). Prosocial action in very early childhood: links with gender and problematic behaviour. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 40, 905-916.

Hay, D.F. & Demetriou, H. (1998). ‘The developmental origins of social understanding’. In A. Campbell & S. Muncer (eds.), The Social Child. Psychology Press.

Selected Conference Proceedings

Demetriou, H. (2012). Presented a paper entitled: It's bad to be too good: the perils of striving for perfection in teaching at the 4th World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES-2012) in Barcelona 2nd-5th February as part of ongoing research with Elaine Wilson on sustaining new teachers, funded by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Gatsby Technical Education Projects: Supporting Opportunities for New Teachers’ Professional Growth.

Cook-Sather, A., Demetriou, H. & Flutter, J. (2010) Book Launch: Learning from the Student’s Perspective: A Sourcebook for Effective Teaching, dedicated to Professor Jean Rudduck.

Wilson, E. & Demetriou, H. (2006). New teachers' perspectives on their early years of teaching. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Warwick, September.

Macbeath, J., Demetriou, H., Rudduck, J. & Myers, K. (2005). Promoting and sustaining a culture of students as researchers Poster presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Glamorgan.

Rudduck, J., Arnot, M., Bragg, S., Demetriou, H., Fielding, M., Flutter, J., MacBeath, J., McIntyre, D., Myers, K., Pedder, D., Reay, D. & Wang, B. (2005). Consulting pupils about teaching and learning. Research Briefing 5, (London, TLRP).

Demetriou H. (1994, 1996, 1998). Paper and poster presentations at Annual Developmental Psychology conferences of the British Psychological Society.

Findings from research projects discussed, on request, with ‘Teachers’ TV’, schools and parents.