Mary McAteer

Name: Mary McAteer
Department: Professional Learning
Current position: Senior Lecturer Professional Learning
Email: mcateerm@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education

Biography:

Teaching
  • MA Educational Enquiry and Professional Learning
  • MA Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice
  • PhD Supervision
Qualifications
  • BEd
  • MSc
  • DPhil
  • PG Cert Research Supervision

History:

  • 2018- present, Senior Lecturer Professional Lear
  • 2016-2018 – Director Professional Learning Programmes
  • 2013 – Present, Guest Lecturer and consultant for African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Schools Enrichment Centre (AIMSSEC)
  • 2010 – Present, Edge Hill University, Postgraduate Professional Education, Director, Mathematics Specialist Programmes
  • 2007-2010, Postgraduate Programme Leader, Edge Hill University, Postgraduate Professional Development
  • 2005-2007, Senior Lecturer, Edge Hill University, Postgraduate Professional Development
  • 2002-2004, Academic Coordinator – Postgraduate Programme, University of Ulster
  • 2000-2004, Lecturer, University of Ulster, Education, Continuing Professional Development
  • 1999-2000, Associate Tutor, Brunel University, Initial Teacher Education
  • Prior to this she held a range of classroom teaching and senior management roles in a number of schools in Northern Ireland.

Interests & Achievements:

Interests
  • Practice-based research
  • Participatory research
  • Knowledge democratisation
  • Decolonisation of knowledge
Achievements
  • Convenor of ACRE 2018 Annual Conference
  • Convenor of CARN 2018 Annual Conference
  • Member of the Collaborative Action Research (CARN) Steering Group
  • Member of Review Panel for Social Publishers Foundation
  • Member of International Advisory Panel for Social Publishers Foundation
  • Member of International Committee for Action Research Network of the Americas, (ARNA) Global Assembly 2017

Research:

Research Interests

Research interests include teacher action research, close-to-practice research, and community-based participatory research, Professional Learning and community-based development in the South African Context, knowledge democratisation and decolonization of knowledge.

Research Funding
  • 2015-2017, Ubunye: Empowering parents in disadvantaged South African communities to support classroom learning.  British Academy Funded, through Newton Fellowship scheme (with Lesley Wood, Northwest University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)  £71, 350
  • 2017, Evaluation of ECC programme “Intervention in a Mastery Context”, £5360 plus travel costs
  • 2016, Advisory Council for Mathematics Education Expert Panel – £2520 plus travel costs
  • 2015: Edge Hill University Research Investment Fund plus departmental support, Conference/Travel Grant, £1800. Co-investigator on “Lesson Study and Action Research: Exploring synergies in teacher professional learning” ARNA, Toronto 2015.
  • 2016, 2014,  2013 (January and July): AIMSSEC: All Travel (UK to South Africa), accommodation and subsistence expenses for two week consultancy work (Mathematics Education, Action Research and Leadership Development for teachers and teacher leaders in South Africa)
  • 2013: Edge Hill University, Research Investment Fund Travel Grant £1870. Conference attendance, invited seminar and paper at ARNA inaugural conference, San Francisco

Publications:

Books
  • McAteer, M. (2013) Action Research in Education, London: Sage/BERA
  • McAteer, M. (ed) (2012) Improving Primary Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Open University Press
  • McAteer, M, Hallett, F, Murtagh, L,  and Turnbull, G.  (2010) Achieving your Masters in Teaching and Learning, Exeter: Learning Matters 180pp
Chapters in books

 

  • McAteer, M. and Wood, L. (2020) Social Justice in a School-Community partnership: A Case study from South Africa in (McNaught, C and Gravett, S. (2020) (eds) Embedding social justice in teacher education and development in Africa. Abbingdon: Routledge.
  • McAteer, M. and Wood, L. (2019) Poverty, culture and education: A Triad of hostility?. In Hill, Y (ed) Practitioner Research in Hostile Environments, Abingdon: Routledge
  • McAteer, M and McAteer, C. (2018) Continuing Professional Development: What does it really mean, and how can teachers best engage with it?, In Camden, C. (2018) Primary Teaching, London: Sage
  • Balogh, R. Hanley, U., McAteer, M. and Springett, J. (2017) Maintaining a Network of Critical Connections over Time and Space: The Case of CARN, the Collaborative Action Research Network, in Bruce, C., Reil, M.,Rowell, L. and Shosh, J. (2017) Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research, US: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Shortt, D., Reynolds, P., McAteer, M. and Hallett, F. (2015) To Believe, To Think, To Know…To Teach?  Ethical Deliberation in Teacher-Education, in Heilbronn, R. and Foreman-Peck, L. (eds)  (2015) Philosophical Perspectives on Teacher Education, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell
  • McAteer, M and Nelson S. (2012), Primary Mathematics Teaching in the United Kingdom Today: introduction, and context, in Mary McAteer (ed) (2012) Improving Primary Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Open University Press
  • McAteer, M (2012), Transforming Primary Mathematics Teaching Through Professional Development, in Mary McAteer (ed) (2012) Improving Primary Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Open University Press
  • McAteer, M (2011), Theory generative approaches in practitioner research, in Adams, J., Cochrane, M. and Dunne, L (2011) Applying Theory to Educational Research: An Introductory Approach with Case Studies, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell 189-203
Refereed Journal Articles
  • Wood, L. and McAteer, M. (2018) The value and challenges of a school-community partnership for improving parental engagement in socio-economically challenged communities, In review for Critical Studies in Education
  • Wood, L. and McAteer, M. and Whitehead, J., (2018) How are action researchers contributing to knowledge democracy? A global perspective, Educational Action Research, Special Issue: Knowledge Democracy and Action Research, forthcoming.
  • Seeley, J., McAteer, M., Orsoria Sanchez, C. and Medrano, Y.G. (2018) Creating a Space for Global Knowledge and Democracy, Educational Action Research, Special Issue: Knowledge Democracy and Action Research, forthcoming.
  • McAteer, M. and Wood, L. (2018), Decolonising Knowledge: Enacting the civic role of the university in a community-based project, South African Journal of Education, forthcoming
  • Wood, L. and McAteer, M (2017) Levelling the playing fields in PAR: the intricacies of power, privilege and participation in a university-community-school partnership. Adult Education Quarterly in press
  • Shosh, J. and M. McAteer, (2016) The CARN/ARNA Inaugural Study Day Inquiry: What Happens to Action Research After the Master’s Degree? Educational Action Research, 25 (1) 4-20   http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2015.1132001
  • McAteer, M., C. Bruce, and J. Bobis, (2014) Professional Learning Through Collaborative Action Research in Mathematics: Canadian, Australian and UK Perspectives. ARNA 2014 Refereed Journal
  • McAteer, M and Dewhurst, J. (2010) “Just thinking about stuff”. Reflective learning: Jane’s story, Journal of Reflective Practice, 11(1)31-41
  • McAteer, M, and Wilkinson, M (2009) Evaluating the efficacy of training staff in adult child interaction in a school for children with ASD, Journal of Good Autism Practice, 10(2)57-63,
  • Hallett, F., Hallett, G and McAteer, M.  (2007) Every Voice Matters, British Journal of Special Education, 34(4)219 – 225
Reports
  • 2017: McAteer, M. and Grinyer, V. Every Child Counts – Intervention in a Mastery Context: Evaluation Report.
  • Professional Learning for all Teachers of Mathematics, a Report for Advisory Council for Mathematics Education Expert Panel (2016) Royal Society, London

Knowledge Transfer and Partnership:

Recent Refereed Conference Contributions
  • Wood L. and McAteer, M. (2017) Participatory action learning and action research: a process for the democratization of knowledge through collaborative community partnerships, ARNA conference, Cartagena, Colombia, 13th – 15th June, 2017
  • McAteer, M and Wood, L. What Parents Really Want. Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, 10th – 13th November, 2016
  • McAteer, M. Quality in Action Research: Satisfying Methodological and the Practical Domains. Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, 10th – 13th November, 2016
  • Wood, L. and McAteer, M. (June 2016) Levelling the playing fields in PAR: the intricacies of power, privilege and participation in a community school project, ARNA Annual Conference, University of Tennessee, 16th – 19th June 2015
  • Shosh, J. and M. McAteer, (June 2015) What Happens to Action Research After the Master’s Degree? ARNA Annual Conference, University of Toronto, 8th – 10th June 2015
  • McAteer, M.(November 2014) From phobic to geek: Narratives of change in primary mathematics teachers, Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, ‘Connecting Researchers, Connecting Communities’ Gateshead College, Oct 31st – Nov 2nd 2014
  • McAteer, M. (2009) Jane’s story: Action research as a form of personalised learning, CARN Annual Conference: Action Research for Improvement in Schools, Communities and Organizational Spaces. What is to be done?, Collaborative Action Research Network, Athens, Greece, 30th October – 1st November 2009, Athens and Psychico College
  • McAteer, M. and Hallett, F. (2009) Developing an Education Ethics Forum: a case study in creating a learning community, CARN Annual Conference: Action Research for Improvement in Schools, Communities and Organizational Spaces. What is to be done?, Collaborative Action Research Network, Athens, Greece, 30th October – 1st November 2009, Athens and Psychico College
Invited keynotes, talks, seminars and masterclasses
  • 2018, Invited Seminar on Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy, at ARNA Conference 2018, San Diego
  • 2017, Invited research Seminar “Quality in Action Research: Satisfying Methodological and the Practical Domains” University of Galway, May 2017
  • 2016, Invited Panelist for Policy Makers and key providers in Maths Education: Cambridge Mathematics Seminar, 7th Sept 2016, University of Cambridge
  • 2015, Co-lead on CARN/ARNA Study Day: Lesson Study and Action Research: Exploring synergies in teacher professional learning.
  • 2014, invited Masterclass: Action Research – A way of doing or a way of thinking.  Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, ‘Connecting Researchers, Connecting Communities’  Gateshead College, Oct 31st – Nov 2nd 2014
  • 2014, International Masterclass: Professional Learning Through Collaborative Action Research in Mathematics: Canadian, Australian and UK Perspectives: Dr. Catherine D. Bruce, Trent University, ON, Canada; Dr. Janette Bobis, University of Sydney, Australia; Dr. Mary McAteer, Edge Hill University, UK
  • 2013, Invited lecture “Effective CPD for primary Mathematics Teachers: What have we found”, British Council Connecting Classrooms Conference: Mathematics Matters: are international comparisons useful or just interesting?, University of Warwick, 11-13 December 2013
  • 2013, Invited seminar, “We can know more than we can tell: The articulation of practice as embodied professional knowledge”, ARNA Inaugural Conference, May 1-2, San Francisco
  • 2013, Invited Workshop, “Action Research in the Improving of Teaching Practice” with Geitza Rebolledo (University of Caracas) ARNA Inaugural Conference, May 1-2, San Francisco
  • 2012, Invited keynote panel member Student conference: CARN /IPDC 2012 Annual Conference, 23 – 25 November 2012 at the Ashford International Hotel, Kent, UK,  Towards Creative Action: Transformations and Collaborations in Practice
  • McAteer, M. (2012) “Approaches to Practitioner Research”, Swansea Metropolitan University, Invited Masterclass to the PG PD team on approaches to practitioner research

External Collaboration and Partnership Activity:

Current Projects
  • 2015-2017, Ubunye: Empowering parents in disadvantaged South African communities to support classroom learning.  British Academy Funded, through Newton Fellowship scheme (with Lesley Wood, Northwest University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)
  • 2017, Evaluation of ECC programme “Intervention in a Mastery Context”
External Examining

Dr McAteer has extensive experience in externally examining MA and PhD work focusing on action research and other close-to-practice research.

  • PhD
    • 2018 – University of Leicester, EdD Thesis
    • 2018 – University of Aberdeen, PhD Thesis
    • 2017 – National University of Ireland, Galway, PhD thesis
    • 2017 – University of Huddersfield, PhD Thesis
    • 2016 – Open University, PhD Thesis
    • 2015 – North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, PhD Thesis
    • 2015 – University of Wales, Trinity St David , PhD Thesis
    • 2012  – Birmingham University, PhD thesis
  • MA
    • 2017 – ongoing, External Examiner, Bishop Grosseteste University MA in Education / Professional Development in Education
    • 2015 – ongoing, External Examiner, Glasgow University, MEd programmes
    • 2013 – present, Visiting Lecturer and Consultant, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre
    • 2009 – 2014, External Examiner, University of Worcester, Postgraduate Education Provision (including MA)
    • 2006 – 2012, External Examiner, Swansea Metropolitan University, MA Education
  • External Panel Member
    • 2013 (June) MA Education validation, Newham University, Birmingham
  • Reviewer for Educational Action Research Journal
    • Educational Action Research Journal
    • The Educational Journal of Living Theories
  • Editorial work
    • Editorial panel (with Vicky Duckworth and Tina Cook) of Special Issue of Educational Action Research, Critical issues in socially just action research and practice, publication 2020.
    • Editor: CARN 2018 Bulletin (post-conference papers)

Other Activities
– International Advisory Panel on Social Publishers Foundation
– Review Panel, Social Publishers Foundation
– Founder/Convenor, CARN PGR SIG
– CARN/ARNA Liaison
– Convenor of CARN 2002 International Conference (Ulster University as host)
– Convenor of Edge Hill – China Education Conference, 2014
– Co-convenor of Faculty of Education Doctoral Day-School, 2018
– Convenor of ACRE 2018 Conference, Edge Hill University
– Convenor of CARN 2018 International Conference (Edge Hill University, Faculty of Education as host)
– Co-convenor and Panel member for PGR expert panel, CARN 2012, CARN 2017 and CARN 2018

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