Dr Anna Beck



Anna was appointed to the School of Education, University of Strathclyde as a lecturer in Teacher Professional Learning in January 2016. Her background is in psychology, and she completed an undergraduate and MRes in Psychology before beginning a PhD in education policy at the University of Glasgow in 2011. Her PhD used a critical policy network approach to trace the development and implementation of ‘Teaching Scotland’s Future’. A specific focus of this research was to explore the role of individual teachers in the formation and enactment of policy, and the concept of professional learning. She is a member of the Scottish Education Research Association (SERA) Executive board where she leads the SERA Early Researcher and Teacher Researcher Network. She is a co-convenor of the British Education Research Association (BERA) Educational Research and Educational Policy-Making Special Interest Group, and has recently become a link convenor for the European Education Research Association (EERA) Teacher Education Network 10. Her current research interests include educational politics and policy-making, teacher professional learning and teacher engagement with research. Anna was recently appointed 'Research Fellow' of Hutchesons' Centre for Research, where she is researching the different ways that teachers interact with research and the kinds of structures that can be put in place to support this as form of professional learning.


Secondary schools in Scotland under reform : the changing nature of governance, policy and curriculum
Beck Anna
Learning to Teach in the Secondary School (2019) (2019)
Teacher-research from an international perspective (Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands)
Dolan Rose, Beck Anna, Snoek Marco, Malone Anthony, Verberg Christel
European Conference of Educational Research (2018)
Teacher professional learning
Kennedy Aileen, Beck Anna
Scottish Education (2018) (2018)
Teacher engagement with research : a confused agenda?
Beck Anna
Scottish Education Research Association (SERA) Annual Conference (2017)
Teachers engaging in and with research : bonding, bridging and linking
Beck Anna, Santoro Ninetta
European Conference for Educational Research (ECER) Annual Conference 2017 (2017)
Measuring student teachers development of metacognition and self-regulated learning in professional dialogue
Huang Ning, Klein Markus, Beck Anna
ECER 2017 (2017)

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Professional activities

The development and implementation of 'Teaching Scotland's Future'
Teacher engagement with research: a confused agenda?
Measuring student teachers’ development of metacognition and self-regulated learning in professional dialogue
‘Partnership is a daft concept’: Policy implementation and the role of the myth in Scottish education
Teachers engaging in and with research: bonding, bridging and linking
Policy networks in Scottish teacher education reform: the myth of democracy

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School and University Research Enquiry
Sosu, Edward (Co-investigator) Firth, Jonathan William (Co-investigator) Beck, Anna (Co-investigator) Klein, Markus (Co-investigator) Donohoe, Claire (Co-investigator) McGavigan, Hilary (Co-investigator) Martin, Phil (Co-investigator)
The School and University Research Enquiry project (SURE) aims to bridge the gap between education research and practice. It will investigate the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the ‘what works’ agenda in terms of specific school interventions. In April 2017, the Scottish Government published their Research Strategy for Scottish Education, which stressed the need for a focus on “increasing the levels of collaboration and communication between all actors within the education system". SURE is contributing to this goal via a school-university collaborative study exploring Headteachers’ relationship with
research and gaining an understanding of their choices of interventions employed in their schools, with reference to PEF funding. Researchers on the project represent two Glasgow schools as well as the University of Strathclyde.
Measuring Quality in Initial Teacher Education (MQuITE):
Adams, Paul (Principal Investigator) Beck, Anna (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2017
Teacher engagement with research: exploring the development of a school-based research centre
Beck, Anna (Principal Investigator)
21-Jan-2016 - 04-Jan-2017

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