Dr Ann J Rae

Depute Head of Institute for Education, Teaching & Leadership (IETL) / Senior Lecturer in Primary Education


  • PhD (University of Edinburgh),
  • MSc (Education by Research) University of Edinburgh
  • B.Ed (Hons) University of Edinburgh

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • British Educational Research Association
  • International Professional Development Association
  • United Kingdom Literacy Association

I regularly review for the Professional Development in Education journal.

Postgraduate teaching

I co-ordinate the Professional Experience and Practice strand of the M.A. in Education with suite of Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Areas of interest for supervision

I offer supervision in the areas of teachers’ professional learning, teachers as learners and teacher professionalism.  I especially welcome enquiries about supervision of research focussed on any aspect of women as teachers.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Laura Mitchell
  • Ammar Tekin

Research summary

Adopting a qualitative approach, I am interested in theorising understandings of teachers as learners.  Making use of Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and cultural capital as a theoretical framework, my research has focused on analysis of the largely unexamined influence of early gendered learning experiences and the role of early schooling in shaping women Primary teachers' later understandings of themselves as learners, and the ways such experiences then influence mediation of local and national professional learning policies.

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