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Bethan Morgan

Position/Status

Teaching Associate

Academic Group

Educational Leadership, Policy, Evaluation & Change (ELPEC)

Email Address

bm247@cam.ac.uk

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Cambridge
  • PGCE Secondary English, University of Cambridge
  • MPhil Teaching and Teacher Education, University of Cambridge
  • PhD Education, University of Cambridge

Membership of Professional Bodies and Associations

British Educational Research Association
British Educational Leadership, Management & Administration Society


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Profile

I work with the School-University Partnership in Educational Research (SUPER). I also lecture and supervise on a number of Masters in Education programmes, including the MPhil Research Methods Strand. My core research has focused on classroom teaching and learning – in particular on pupil engagement, pupil consultation and pupil ‘voice’. In my previous career as a secondary school English teacher, I was always interested in consulting my pupils about teaching and learning. Studying for an MPhil and then PhD (ESRC funded) gave me the opportunity to explore this further. Data from my research is featured by Jean Rudduck and Donald McIntyre in Improving Learning through Consulting Pupils (2007, London: Routledge). My article 'Consulting pupils: practice, policy and response in one school' in Research Papers in Education gives an account of my doctoral study. From June 2011-2015, I supported Professor Alison Cook-Sather (former Visiting Jean Rudduck Scholar, Homerton College) with the organisation of our annual Cambridge Student Voice Seminars which provided a space for people from all over the world interested in student voice to meet, share their work and plan future collaborations.

I was appointed as external examiner for a doctoral thesis by the University of Newcastle in 2014. I look forward in 2017 to acting as external examiner (again for Newcastle) for several of their postgraduate programmes.

I have compiled a bibliography for the late Professor Donald McIntyre, my MPhil and PhD supervisor.

Research

Interests

  • Pupils' perspectives on teaching and learning: consulting students & student voice
  • Pupil engagement in schools and classrooms: teachers' and pupils' perceptions
  • School-university partnerships
  • Teachers as researchers
  • Continuous Professional Development for Teachers
  • Use of social media to support teaching & learning
  • Online communities to support learning and collaboration

Past Research Projects

  • Pupil Engagement (SUPER)
  • School--University Partnerships (SUPER)
  • The Open University and University of Cambridge State of the Nation CPD project for the TDA (T34718)
  • University Partnerships with schools and Local Authorities: a literature review
  • Consulting Pupils about Teaching and Learning Network (linked project)

Teaching

  • SUPER Masters in Education (co-coordinator with Dr Ros McLellan)
  • MPhil Research Methods Strand
  • Supervision: ELSI & Researching Practice (2016-17)
  • Research Training:  Zotero Co-ordinator (Masters & EdD), CAQDAS - NVivo (EdD)
  • Educational Research MPhil/MEd Elective: 'Researching in a Digital Age'

Dissertations

Morgan, B. (2007) Consulting Pupils: practice, policy and response in one school. Unpublished PhD dissertation, University of Cambridge.

Morgan, B. (2000) How teachers consult pupils in order to improve teaching and learning. Unpublished MPhil dissertation, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Research Journals

Morgan, Bethan (2011) 'Consulting pupils about teaching and learning: policy, process and response in one school', Research Papers in Education, Vol.26 (4), pp.445-467.

Morgan, Bethan (2009) " I think it's about the teacher feeding off our minds, instead of us learning off them, sort of like switching the process around": pupils' perspectives on being consulted about teaching and learning, Curriculum Journal, 20:4,389-407.

Chapters in Books

Waterhouse, J., McLellan, R., McLaughlin, C. and Morgan, B. (2013) Powerful Partnership in a School-University Research Collaboration: Evidence-based Reflection as a Key to Creative Action. In T. Stern, F. Rauch, A. Schuster and A. Townsend (Eds) Action Research, Innovation and Change: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.  London: Routledge.

Morgan, B., & Porter, A. (2011). Student Researchers exploring teaching and learning: processes and issues. In G. Czerniawski & W. Kidd (Eds.), The Student Voice Handbook: Bridging the Academic/Practitioner Divide. Emerald.

McLaughlin, C., Waterhouse, J., McLellan, R. and Morgan, B. (2010) 'Collaborer dans la recherché: etude de l'action dans un tiers-espace. In P. Masson (Dir.) V. Baumfield, K. Otrel-cass, M. Pilo, Rethinking Partnership in Education/ (Re)penser le partneriat en Education. /Book Edition, Lille, France.

Reports

McCormick, R., Banks, F., Morgan, B., Opfer, D., Pedder, D., Storey, A., Wolfenden, F. (2009) Schools and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in England - State of the Nation' Research Project (T34718). A report for the Training and Development Agency for Schools, The Open University and University of Cambridge.

Anne Storey, Frank Banks, Deborah Cooper, Peter Cunningham, Dave Ebbutt, Alison Fox, Bethan Morgan, David Pedder, Freda Wolfenden (2009) Qualitative Research Summary: Schools and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in England – State of the Nation Research Project (T34718). A report for the Training and Development Agency for Schools. The Open University and Cambridge University.

Morgan, B., McLaughlin, C., McLellan, R., & Waterhouse, J. (2009). Pupil Engagement in Schools and Classrooms: A Literature Review. Report for the Schools-University Partnership for Educational Research (SUPER), Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Peer-reviewed Conferences

Waterhouse, J., McLellan, R., McLaughlin, C., & Morgan, B. (2011). Powerful Partnership: A Comparative Case Study of Teachers Learning in the Context of a School-University Research Collaboration. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, New Orleans.

McLaughlin, C., McLellan, R., Morgan, B. and Waterhouse, J. (2009) Researching Together: A Study of Action in a Third Space. Paper Presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Manchester University, 3-6 September, 2009.

Waterhouse, J., McLaughlin, C., McLellan, R. and Morgan, B. (2009) Communities of Enquiry as a Third Space: Exploring Theory and Practice. Paper Presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Manchester University, 3-6 September, 2009.

McLellan, R. & Morgan, B. (2008) Pupil perspectives on school belonging: an investigation of differences between schools working together in a school-university partnership. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 3-6 September 2008.

Morgan, B. (2008) "I think it's about the teacher feeding off our minds, instead of us learning off them, sort of like switching the process around": pupils' perspectives on being consulted about classroom teaching and learning. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, September 2008

Morgan, B. (2007) Consulting pupils about classroom teaching and learning: policy, practice and response in one school. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Institute of Education, 5th - 8th September 2007.

Morgan, B. (2004) Consulting Pupils: An Investigation into the Process and Impact on Classroom Teaching And Learning. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Manchester, 14 -17 September 2004.

Morgan, B. (2004) Consulting Pupils about Teaching and Learning: Rhetoric and Reality? Paper presented at the Student/New Researchers Conference, British Educational Research Association, Manchester, 14 - 17 September 2004.

Invited Presentations

What do we know about successfully harnessing pupil voice in schools? DCSF Policy Seminar, with Professor Michael Fielding, Sanctuary Buildings, 23/10/2007.

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