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Rachel Linfield


About Rachel Linfield

Rachel Linfield has worked in education for over thirty years, teaching throughout the 3 - 11 age range and in higher education at both the University of Cambridge and Leeds Beckett University.

As a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, Rachel teaches science, design and technology, and knowledge and understanding of the EYFS curriculum and pedagogy for undergraduate and postgraduate early years and primary courses. She supports students on school placements and supervises students for final year dissertations.

In 1994 Rachel gained an MA in Applied Research in Education from the University of East Anglia and she continues to enjoy carrying out educational research. She has over 100 publications including: professional materials for early years and primary teachers; chapters in academic books; and, articles within peer reviewed journals. She was a member of the editorial board for ‘Primary Science Review’ (Association for Science Education) for six years, four as the assistant editor.

Current Teaching

  • Knowledge building in Science and PE
  • Understanding the EYFS: Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Core Subjects at KS1
  • Foundation Subjects at KS1: DT
  • Applied Pedagogy 1: Understanding the World

Research Interests

Recent research has included collaborative projects investigating the way final year students respond to NSS statements and an investigation of students’ desires for ‘useful feedback’.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (11)

  • Linfield R; Nabb D (2020) The science says...
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  • Sutcliffe R; Linfield R; Riley G; Nabb D; Glazzard J (2019) The search for 100% satisfaction with feedback
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  • Linfield R (2019) 'Living History' - an opportunity for Living Science
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  • Linfield R; Nabb D (2019) A nice cup of tea or a stimulus for curiosity?
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  • Linfield R (2017) The Benefits of Paper
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  • Linfield RS (2016) Reflecting on teaching of the 'appliance of science
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  • Sutcliffe RE; Linfield R; Geldart RA (2014) Student Surveys - 'You Don't Think About The Good Things'
    https://doi.org/10.7227/RIE.91.1.7
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  • Sutcliffe R; Linfield RS; Geldart R (2012) Reflections on the impact on data collection and analysis when 'insiders' carry out research into teacher education
    https://doi.org/10.7227/RIE.87.1.9
  • Linfield R (2007) Bringing Imagination back to Science
  • Warwick P; Linfield RS (1999) A comparison of primary school pupils' ability to express procedural understanding in science through speech and through writing
  • Linfield RS (1994) Straw Assessment

Books (14)

  • Sparks Linfield R (2020) Planning for Learning through Celebrations and Festivals.
  • Linfield R (2014) Learning opportunities in the Early Years: Ourselves and Our Bodies. Teaching Solutions.
  • Linfield RS; Raban B; Margetts K (2013) Planning for Learning in the EYLF Space. Planning for Learning in the EYLF Teaching Solutions.
  • Linfield RS; Raban B; Margetts K; Coltman P (2013) Planning for Learning in the EYLF Shapes. Planning for Learning in the EYLF Teaching Solutions.
  • Linfield RS; Sutcliffe R (2013) Planning for Learning to Use Phonics. Planning for Learning Through ... Practical Pre-School.
  • Linfield RS (2012) Planning for the Early Years Ourselves and our Bodies. Practical Pre-School.
  • Linfield RS (2008) Planning for Learning Through Shopping. Planning for Learning Through ... Step Forward Publishing.
  • Linfield RS (2008) Planning for Learning Through Space. Planning for Learning Through Step Forward Publishing.
  • Linfield RS (2007) All about Cheese. Magenta Project Management Ltd.
  • Linfield RS (2004) Foundations: Growing and Changing. Foundations A&C Black.
  • Linfield RS (2003) Foundations: Colour. Foundations A&C Black.
  • Linfield RS; Warwick P (2002) Science 3-13 The Past, The Present and Possible Futures. Routledge.
  • Linfield RS (2002) Mountains. Pearson Education.
  • Linfield RS (2000) How Things Happen in the Natural World. Pearson Education.

Chapters (7)

  • Archer J; Linfield R (2021) How 'messiness' in Design and Technology can inspire creative teaching and learning. In: McDonald R; Gibson P Inspiring Primary Learners: Insights and Inspiration across the curriculum. Routledge: Oxon. : , pp. .
  • Linfield RS (2015) How can I cater for children's indiduality?. In: Brock A The Early Years Reflective Practice Handbook. : David Fulton, pp. .
  • Linfield RS (2013) Understanding the World: When did they paint the trees green?. In: Beckley P The New Early Years Foundation Stage: Changes, Challenges and Reflections. : Open University Press, pp. .
  • Linfield RS; Warwick P (2003) 'Is it like the school bus?' ASSESSMENT IN THE EARLY YEARS. In: Whitebread D Teaching and Learning in the Early Years. : , pp. .
  • Linfield RS; Warwick P (2000) Assessing Learning in Science. In: Warwick P; Linfield RS Science 3-13 the Past, the Present and Possible Futures. : , pp. .
  • Linfield RS; Warwick P (1998) Language for Science. In: Use of Language across the Primary Curriculum. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Linfield RS (1995) Children as Editors. In: Bearne E Greater Expectations: Children Reading Writing. : Cassell, pp. .

Conference contributions (2)

  • Sutcliffe R; Linfield R; Geldart RA (2015) Overcoming Assessment Challenges - Tipping the Balance Birmingham 24/06/2015.
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  • Sutcliffe R; Linfield RS; Geldart R (2014) The National Student Survey - thinking about the 'good things'? King's College London .

Internet publications (4)

  • Linfield R; Riley G; Nabb D (2021), Science from Art
  • Linfield R; Riley G; Nabb D (2021), Camouflaged Creatures
  • Linfield R; Riley G; Nabb D (2021), Design a Plant
  • Linfield R; Riley G; Nabb D (2021), Flower Painting on Silk

Reports (1)

  • Chaplain R; Linfield RS; Williams J (1997) Work Experience in the Climate and Conditions of the Late 1990s, Report to BP/OFSTED, Homerton College.

Working papers (1)

  • Sutcliffe R; Linfield R; Riley G (2020) Re-valuing the role of the Personal Tutor : Face to face meetings to engage student teachers in professional conversations. A research summary working paper by Ruth Sutcliffe, Rachel Linfield and Gaynor Riley
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