Staff Profiles


Dr Rebecca Austin

Senior Lecturer

School: Early Years and Primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

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Profile summary

I am the Primary English Team Leader at Canterbury Christ Church University.  I joined the university in 2001 following over a decade working in Kent Primary Schools.

I teach on the Primary English courses across a range of intital teacher education programmes as well as at Masters and Doctoral level. I also provide staff development for schools in relation to Primary English and learning outside the classroom.

In addition to Primary English, my interests are in the role of parents in children's education including the role of homework; the identity of learners in schools; learning outside the classroom; media education in primary schools and alternative research methodologies.

Research and knowledge exchange

I am currently working on two parallel research projects:

Teaching Primary English as an NQT

Literacy Co-ordinators perspectives of the teaching of English in Primary Schools.

In addition I am working with colleagues to develop a framework for embedding the teaching of academic writing in an undergraduate primary education degree programme.

Publications and research outputs

My doctoral thesis: Figuring Out Peer Group Hierarchies in Secondary School is available online here:

Other publications include:

  • Researching Primary Education  (2016) Learning Matters (Editor)
  • 'Anchor Points and Undertows: Literacy Co-ordinators Perceptions and Beliefs' presentation at the New Literacy Studies conference, Sheffield Jun 2015
  • TEAN conference presentation May 2015 and UKLA conference July 2015 'Teaching Primary English as an NQT'.
  • ‘Do Teachers Play it Safe?’ and ‘Should Teachers be Political?'  inSangster, M. (Ed)(2014) Challenging Perceptions in Primary Education London: Bloomsbury
  • Identity Work in Transition to Secondary School’ paper presented at Centre for Identity Studies Conference  Edge Hill University July 2013 and The New Literacy Studies Pecha Kucha conference Sheffield University July 2013
  • ‘Fractal Identity? Recursive self-similarities in children’s identity work in transition from Primary to Secondary school’. Paper presented at Doctoral Student Conference Sussex University June 2013
  • ‘Do Schools Work?’ in Sangster, M. (Ed) (2012) Developing Teacher Expertise: Exploring Key Issues in Primary Practice London: Bloomsbury
  • Letting the Outside In – Developing Teaching and Learning Beyond the Early Years Classroom (2007)  Trentham Books (Editor)
  • Wild Woods or Urban Jungle: Playing it Safe or Freedom to Roam?  Education 3-13 (2007) with Gill Hope, Sue Hammond, Terry Whyte and Harriet Dismore.
  • UKLA 2007 conference paper with Sue Hammond Parents Reading with their Children: Conflicting Voices
  • Navigating non-fiction, negotiating modes – a critical response to real-life.  Chapter in Lambirth, A. (2005) (ed) Planning Creative Literacy Lessons David Fulton
  • MA in English in Primary Education (Distinction) 2002 (Canterbury Christ Church University College) “An investigation into the connections between books, childhood and life made by  a pre-school ‘emergent’ reader

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