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Mrs Carolyn Cooke

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor, Education
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Regions & Nations (ECYS)
  • carolyn.cooke

Professional biography

I am a .5 Staff Tutor (Education) based in Scotland and am currently completing my PhD during the rest of my working week. I have previously worked as a music teacher, Head of Music, Teacher Education lecturer (secondary, primary, music education, professional studies) and as a research assistant. 

I have interests in music education, teacher education and STEAM education while my Staff tutor job is centred around primary education. 

I have had a range of publications including editing the third edition of Learning to teach music in a secondary school (​), a chapter in Taylor and Bayley (2019) Posthumanism and Higher Education: Reimagining Pedagogy, Practice and Research (​Palgrave Macmillan) and a chapter in the forthcoming Colucci-Gray and Burnard (2019) ​Why Science and Arts creativities matter: STEAM (re-)configurings for future-making education (​Sense publications). 

I am based in rural Aberdeenshire, working from the Edinburgh office. 

Research interests

PhD title: 'Challenging Epistemology and redefining pedagogy: Music Student Teachers' experiences of 'living' pedagogy as a form of improvisation' 

​I have broad research interests around and between the foloing areas:

  • The definition and use of the term pedagogy
  • Teacher Education and professional learning
  • Music Education
  • Posthumanism and post-qualitative research
  • Play / improvisation / making
  • Learning / Knowing (epistemology / ontology) 

Teaching interests

In HE I have taught on a broad range of courses including:

  • Music Education PGCE / PGDE (Primary and Secondary)
  • Professional studies PGCE / PGDE including course design
  • Undergraduate Primary Education courses

In addition I have udertaken school visits to moderate student teachers achievements for four different institutions across England, Wales and Scotland. 

My approach to teaching is one of 'making together', providing opportunities and materials to push us to explore ideas from different perspectives, and moving beyond accepted or presented narratives. 



OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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