Doctoral Student Profile

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Wayne Barry

EdD Student

Campus: Canterbury

Completed: April, 2018

Biographical note

Wayne is a learning technologist and academic professional developer at Canterbury Christ Church University, and has worked in higher education for over 20 years. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Association for Learning Technology, and is qualified as a Chartered IT Professional with the British Computer Society. He has worked on a range of local, national, international and award-winning projects involving technology, learning spaces and education. His research interests include: educational technology; e-portfolios; learning spaces; and professional learning.

Project title

'The Professional Learning of Academics in Higher Education: A Sociomaterial Perspective'

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  • (Chair)
    • Ethnicity and race in education
    • Islam
    • The representation of religions in education
    • Faith, beliefs and values in education
    • Extremism and radicalisation in education

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  • (1st Supervisor)
    • Teacher development
    • Lifelong, further and professional education
    • Creativity
    • Continental philosophy, esp. Deleuze, Foucault, Virilio
    • Discourse analysis
    • Qualitative research methods

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  • Professor Andrew Peterson (2nd Supervisor)

Research Outline

Wayne's Ed.D. project adopts a sociomaterial sensibility to explore the extent in which academics in higher education engage with professional learning and the conditions in which this takes place. This has been achieved using a transformative mixed methods design consisting of semi-structured interviews and photovoice techniques involving twelve academics. This is further supported by the content analysis of organisational materials and documentation and an online survey for academic staff. The project hopes to better understand those conditions that enable or encumber an academic's capacity to engage with professional learning, allowing future academics, academic development teams and policy makers to develop new professional learning opportunities and to ensure development time is created and protected.

Research Outputs

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Wayne teaches on the 'Enhancing Academic Practice' module of the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) programme. He has taught on the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences' Masters by Research programme. He has prepared and delivered a number of academic professional development events and sessions on educational technology and digital learning.His teaching duties include seminar delivery, workshop facilitation, mentorship, peer observation, and feedback.


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