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Professor Ann Harris has been with the School of Education and Professional Development (SEPD) since 1994 and Associate Dean International. Prior to coming to Huddersfield, Ann was for six years Head of English and Media at John Leggott Sixth Form College in North Lincolnshire, and before that she worked in a range of educational institutions and environments, both in the UK and internationally, including secondary schools, further education colleges and informal education. Between 1984 and 1987, she was Senior Research Officer at the Secondary Examinations Council in London, researching and advising on a variety of national policy initiatives in relation to curriculum and assessment and evaluating an innovative programme of in-service teacher training across England and Wales.
For her first degree, Ann studied English language and literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She subsequently gained a PGCE, also at Newcastle, and then a master's degree in which she focused on feminist literary theory and criticism. She has a RSA Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and has taught both TEFL and TESOL. Her doctoral research, undertaken at the University of Nottingham, evaluated the impact of educational change and grew out of her work with the Secondary Examinations Council. The study was multi-layered and included case studies and life histories as well as aspects of phenomenological, autobiographical and action research.
Ann is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is a member of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) Continuing Professional Development Committee and of the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) Post 16 and Higher Education Committee and of NATE Council. Ann is also on the Editorial Management Boards of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training and of the Journal of English in Education, and is on the Sholokhov Moscow State University Humanities Bulletin Editorial Board.
Ann's research and scholarship has been interdisciplinary. It has included work on academic and digital literacies, writing, and assessment and curricular development, especially in the area of English and communications. It has also involved research on professionalism in relation to vocational education, image and identity, culture, especially popular culture, and has engaged feminist, narrative and critical theories. Most recently she has been working on academic writing and transition and on international education, including leading a funded PMI2 China UK Collaborative Partnership project on employability and entrepreneurship.
Current research interests include:
2016 NATE Middlesex University: Transition between A-level and higher education
2016 UKLA, Bristol: University Students’ academic skills and transition.
2015 IFTE, Fordham University, NY: Writing into a void: university students’ approach to academic writing
2014 IVETA, St Petersburg, Panel presenter, Increasing the attractiveness of Vocational Education and training.
2013 JVET, Oxford University: The Employability Challenge 就能力挑: Skills for Life 身技能’: Developing employability in an era of globalisation.
2011 JVET, Oxford University: Learning to stay solvent: an exploration of the impact of human and economic capital on engagement in professional management education.
2010 AVETRA University of Melbourne, Australia: Communication is Key.
2009 NCVER University of Ballarat, Australia: Stories of Vocational Educators.
2008 Association for Research in Popular Fictions, Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds: Bully for Popular Culture.
2005 JVET, Oxford University: Popular Culture and PCET.
2004 AERC University of Victoria, Canada: Intellectual Colonialism or Liberatory Education?
2003 AERC State University of San Francisco, USA: The Good Teacher.
2001 SCUTREA, University of Stirling: Popular Cultural Images of Teachers.
2000 SCUTREA, University of Nottingham: Including the Excluded Image: Cultural Images of Teachers.
1999 BERA, University of Sussex: Perceptions of Change and Changing Perceptions.
Harris, A (2017) ‘Editorial : Fit for Purpose: Lessons in Assessment and Learning’ English in Education , 51 (1), pp. 5-11. ISSN 0425-0494
Sheehan, S., Harris, A. and Sanderson, P. (2017) Identifying key criteria of written and spoken English at C1: A qualitative study of key language points at C1 British Council
Hodgson, J. and Harris, A. (2016) ‘Writing across the school / university transition : the experience and strategies of UK students of English’. In: Literacy, equality and diversity : bringing voices together, 8-10th July 2016, Bristol
Millns Sizer, S., Burton, R. and Harris, A. (2016) ‘The influence of theory and practice on perceptions about caring for ill older people A literature review’ Nurse Education in Practice , 19, pp. 41-47. ISSN 1471-5953
Bailey, W., Harris, A. and Youde, A. (2015) ‘Developing responsive lecturers: A case study of a universitys innovative approach to staffs ongoing professional development’. In: International Conference on Innovation in HE in the context of globalization, 28th November 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam
Harris, A. and Hua, Z. (2015) ‘Communication is key: a study of the development of communication key skills in China’ English in Education , 49 (2), pp. 167-187. ISSN 0425-0494
Nassem, E. and Harris, A. (2015) ‘Why do children bully?’ School Leadership Today , 6 (5), pp. 68-73. ISSN 2040-1310
Robinson, L., Harris, A. and Burton, R. (2015) ‘Saving face: Managing rapport in a Problem-Based Learning group’ Active Learning in Higher Education , 16 (1), pp. 11-24. ISSN 1469-7874
Harris, A. and Hall, L. (2013) ‘Who learns from International Education? Intellectual colonialism or nurturing diversity’ Journal of Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University (4), pp. 110-114.
Hodgson, J. and Harris, A. (2013) ‘It is hard to know what you are being asked to do.Deciphering codes, constructing schemas’ English in Education , 47 (1), pp. 6-17. ISSN 0425-0494
Hodgson, J. and Harris, A. (2012) ‘Improving student writing at HE: putting literacy studies to work’ English in Education , 46 (1), pp. 8-21. ISSN 0425-0494
Harris, A (2012) China UK Collaborative Partnerships in Employability and Entrepreneurship Final Report British Council (Unpublished)
Beverton, M., Bluett, J., Cockcroft, S., Dourneen, J., Harris, A., Hodgson, J., McCarthy, M. and Snapper, G. (2011) ‘The New A Levels: A Survey of the Experience in English’ English Drama Media (21), pp. 11-20. ISSN 1742-5514
Hua, Z., Harris, A. and Ollin, R. (2011) ‘Student autonomy and awareness: vocational education and student?centred learning in China’ Journal of vocational education and training , 63 (2), pp. 191-203. ISSN 1363-6820
Hua, Z. and Harris, A. (2011) ‘Communication is Key: An Examination of the Development of Communication Key Skills in Vocational Education in China’. In: AVETRAs 14th Annual Conference: Research in VET: Janus Reflecting Back, Projecting Forward, 28th - 29th April 2011, Melbourne, Australia
Hodgson, J. and Harris, A. (2010) ‘Writing from A to U’ English Drama Media (18). ISSN 1742-5514
Harris, A (2009) ‘The Good teacher: Images of teachers in popular culture’ English Drama Media (14). ISSN 1742-5514
Fisher, R., Harris, A. and Jarvis, C. (2008) Education in popular culture: telling tales on teachers and learners . London: Routledge. ISBN 9780415332415
Bluett, J., Cockcroft, S., Harris, A., Hodgson, J. and Snapper, G. (2007) ‘The New A Level English - A Guide to the New Specifications’ English Drama Media (9). ISSN 1742-5514
Bluett, J., Cockcroft, S., Harris, A., Hodgson, J. and Snapper, G. (2006) text: message: The Future of A Level English . Sheffield: National Association for Teaching of English. ISBN 9781904709155
Harris, A. and Jones, H. (2004) ‘Intellectual Colonialism or Liberatory Education? An Exploration of Adult Education in an International Context’. In: AERC 45th annual research conference, , Canada
Zukas, M., Fenwick, T., Harris, A., Jarvis, C., Malcolm, J. and Pratt, D. (2003) ‘The 'Good' Teacher? Constructing Teacher Identities for Lifelong Learning’. In: AERC 2003 Proceedings of the 44th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. California, USA: San Francisco State University. pp. 471-478.
Jarvis, C. and Harris, A. (2002) ‘Popular teachers: constructing the profession’. In: SCUTREA (Standing conference on university teaching and research in the education of adults) 32nd annual conference, 2-4 July 2002, University of Stirling
Dr Ann Harris is:
Ann is a member of the School of Education and Professional Development’s Research and Enterprise Committee and of the School’s Research Integrity and Ethics Committee.
• 8 PhDs
• 2 EdDs
2016 PhD: Learning Experiences of Libyan Master’s students at a UK University: Intercultural Adaptation and Identity.
2015 PhD: Second Language Academic Literacy Development in Libyan Higher Education
2014 EdD: The influence of an educational programme upon the attitudes of nursing students toward the care of ill older people: a critical realist evaluation study.
2012 EdD: The influence of cultural diversity on student learning interactions: A qualitative study of rapport management in an undergraduate problem-based learning group.
2010 EdD: A multi-capital approach to understanding participation in professional management education.
2010 PhD: The effectiveness of student-centred learning in the development of a new communication curriculum in China.
2008 PhD: The experience of Arab university medical students whose main subjects are taught in English.
2007 EdD: An analysis of the discourses and discursive devices used to represent learning disability in the stories told in the classroom to students by learning disability nurse teachers.
2006 PhD: How British Mirpuri Pakistani women identify themselves and form their identities.
2006 PhD: An investigation into the development of Arabic literacy in kindergartens in Jordan.
2002 PhD: Exploring adolescents' experiences of alienation from British secondary schools.
2002 PhD: Teaching styles in the delivery of Arabic grammar in the south of Jordan.
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