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Dr Mhairi Beaton


About Dr Mhairi Beaton

Dr Mhairi C Beaton is a Reader in the Carnegie School of Education.

Having worked as a teacher in the Highlands of Scotland and following the completion of her Masters in Education, Mhairi joined the School of Education at University of Aberdeen as a Lecturer. During her time working at University of Aberdeen, Mhairi was Programme Director for the MA in Inclusive Practice and was a tutor on the MA in Autism and Learning. Whilst at University of Aberdeen, Mhairi completed her Ph.D examining the development of pupils’ learner identity in primary schools and led a number of externally funded research projects focusing on teacher development, inclusion and assessment.

Since joining the Carnegie School of Education, Mhairi has led a number of externally funded international research projects focusing on inclusion, teacher education and student voice. Mhairi is also the Leeds Beckett University representative on the University of the Arctic Assembly having successfully led the university’s application for membership in 2018.

Current Teaching

Mhairi has led the development of and now leads the Carnegie School of Education MA in Inclusive Practice in Education course. Mhairi also supervises a number of doctoral students in the school.

Research Interests

Mhairi’s research interest focuses on the interface of inclusion, teacher education and student voice. 

Selected Publications

Journal articles (7)

Books (1)

  • Beaton M; Hirshberg D; Maxwell G; Spratt J ed. (2019) Including the North: Comparative study of Inclusion Policies in the Circumpolar North. Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland: University of Lapland Press.

Chapters (4)

  • Beaton M (2020) Old Learning, New Learning: teacher educators as enquiring professionals. In: Swennen A; White E Being a Teacher Educator: Research-Informed Methods for Improving Practice. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. .
  • Hirshberg D; Maxwell G; Beaton M; Spratt J (2019) Editor's Introduction. In: Beaton M; Hirshberg D; Maxwell G; Spratt J Including the North: A Comparative Study of the Policies on Inclusion and Equity in the Cirumpolar North. Rovaniemi: University of Lapland, pp. 13-20.
  • Beaton M; Spratt J (2019) Inclusion Policies in Two UK Countries - Vernacular Responses to Global Influence. In: Beaton M; Hirshberg D; Maxwell G; Spratt J Including the North: A Comparative Study of the Policies on Inclusion and Equity in the Circumpolar North. Rovaniemi: University of Lapland, pp. 71-88.
  • Beaton M; Spratt J (2017) Professional Learning to support the Development of Inclusive Curricula. In: Teacher Education for the Changing Demographics of Schooling Issues for Research and Practice. : Springer, pp. .

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