Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Mhairi Beaton
About Dr Mhairi Beaton
Dr Mhairi Beaton is Senior Lecturer in Special Educational Needs at the Carnegie School of Education.
After completing a Bachelor of Education at University of Edinburgh, Mhairi Beaton worked as a primary school teacher in Highland Region in the north of Scotland. Whilst still working as a classroom teacher, Mhairi concurrently completed her Masters in Education as a distance student with the University of Aberdeen and achieved Chartered Teacher status with the General Teaching Council of Scotland.
Following the successful completion of the Masters in Education, Mhairi was appointed as a lecturer to University of Aberdeen School of Education where she taught on the Masters in Autism and Learning programme and developed and led the Masters in Inclusive Practice programme.
Mhairi completed her Ph.D entitled ‘Engaged Voices? An exploration of the development of learner identity’ during her time at University of Aberdeen in addition to involvement in a number of externally funded research projects focusing on teacher education and inclusion.
Since joining the staff at Leeds Beckett University, Mhairi has led the PGSenco online course.
Mhairi’s research interest lie at the interface of inclusion, student voice and teacher education. She is particularly interested in the lived experiences of children and young people in learning environments and how hearing the voices of those children and young people and acting collaboratively with them might lead to more inclusive, participatory learning situations.
Mhairi is currently working on a transnational European funded project entitled PROLEA – professional learning in complex settings. The project examines how portfolio and reflection can facilitate teacher learning in the complex settings across a number of European countries.