Mrs Catriona MacDonald

Mrs Catriona MacDonald
Mrs Catriona MacDonald
Mrs Catriona MacDonald

Moray House College of Education, Diploma of Primary Education (1979); Northern College Aberdeen, Post Graduate Diploma of Special Educational needs (2000) ; University of Aberdeen, Chartered Teacher Module 1, Self Evaluation (2004); General Teaching Cou

Senior Lecturer, Head of School

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 274534
Office Address
MR432 MacRobert Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
581 King Street
AB24 5UA

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School of Education
Personal Assistant
Personal Assistant
Mrs Lorna Thomson
Personal Assistant Email Address
Personal Assistant Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 274611


 Career History

Head of School 

Depute Head of School 2019 -2022

Director of Learning and Teaching (2015-2019)

Senior Lecturer (2016) 

Programme Director, MA in Education (2013-2016)

Programme Director, Bachelor of Education (Hons)  (2010 - )

Lecturer  University of Aberdeen, School of Education (2008-  2016) 

 Teacher Learning Support Aberdeenshire, Mackie Academy, Primary/Secondary Float (1993-July 2008)  

 Behavioural Support Teacher, Johnshaven Primary School, Grampian Region (1993)

 Supply Teacher, Grampian Region Primary Schools (1992-1993)

 Supply Teacher, Caithness Primary Schools (1985-1988)

 Primary Class Teacher, Castletown Primary School, Caithness (1979- 1984)


Capacity Building in Cambodia 

Current Research:

Gender/Experience of students on an ITE Programme 

Conference presentations

  • Presentation Scottish Learning Festival: Numeracy Where is the Learning? 21st September 2011
  •  Assessment Conference University of Cumbria Carlisle: Old Wine in a New Bottle?: Assessment of Numeracy 6th July 2011
  • EIS/U of Aberdeen Conference: Health and Well-Being across Learning, Can we teach Happiness Workshop? 15th May 2010
  • Workshop: Literacy across Learning, The language of Mathematics, 23rd January 2010, EIS/University of Aberdeen Joint Conference
  • Workshop: CFE/ Numeracy at Learning Festival, 16th May, 2009 University of Aberdeen
  • EAL workshop for New Teachers, 31st January 2009, University of Aberdeen  
  • Creating an Inclusive Classroom Workshop, 13th September 2008, EIS CPD Fair, Exhibition Centre Aberdeen
  •  Tracking Pupil Learning Gains Workshop, 7th June  2008, Chartered Teacher Conference Edinburgh
  •  Creating an Inclusive Classroom workshop, EIS/University of Aberdeen CPD fair, 26th April 2008  
  •  Partnerships, Poster presentation, 28th  April 2008, STEC Conference, Glasgow
  •  A Critical Incident, a Turning Point to Better Provision?, 3rd November 2007,  Chartered Teacher Conference, University of Aberdeen

External Memberships

GTCS: Scottish Placement Management Group 

Scottish Council of Deans of Education 

British Education Research Association 

Aberdeen University/EIS CPD Partnership: Member of Steering Group    

Review of Teacher Education in Scotland: Member of Reference Group

Prizes and Awards


Excellence Awards (2021): 

Nomination: Outstanding Contribution to Blended Learning (teaching)

AUSA Awards  (2019)  

Nominations:  Best Undergraduate Lecturer & Best Support 


Research Overview


Mathematics and Numeracy:

 Having trained as an assessor and pupil tutor through Strathclyde University CPD programme (2005) in South Aberdeenshire, the 'Maths Recovery' diagnostic assessment and teaching frameworks has been a continued area of professional interest. This includes

  • Working alongside students to extend their understanding of pupil's developmental stages of mathematical thinking  
  • Researching the use of video as a tool to develop teacher/pupil understanding

Current Research

Experiences of male students studying on initial teacher primary education programmes

This research project has arisen from informal conversations with some male students within the MA Education Programme. Primary Education is perceived to be a feminine profession so it is maybe hard to conform in terms of gender. Students report some challenges relating to how they are perceived. Further to this, they also commented on negative reactions from the general public when questioned about what they were studying.Catriona MacDonald anf Liz Curtis from the School of Education would like to gain an insight to their experiences. The findings from this study will inform future School of Education planning, programme design and highlight where support may be required for future and current students. 


Capacity Building Project working with the University of Battambang & rural primary schools in Battambang Province, Cambodia. 

Researching Schools: Lesson Study Project Outline

This short project focuses on the creation of a collaborative partnership between members of two educational contexts: a school of education at the University of Aberdeen and schools in partnership Local Authorities as part of a larger Researching Schools project.

The aim of the larger project is for the team at the University to work in partnership with head teachers and schools to facilitate the development of becoming researching schools, whilst carrying out research to understand the implications of this process both for the participating schools and for teacher education in the University.

There will be two activities happening in parallel.

1.           practical elements of supporting staff in the schools to carry out research in school

2.           research on process of creating and working as a collaborative team






Scottish Placement Management Group (SPMG) member 

Scottish Council of Deans of Education (SCDE) member 

University of Aberdeen School of Education  Partnership Forum member 


Teaching Responsibilities

B.Ed 1

Tutor : ED1028, Learning How to Learn

Tutor ED1054: What makes us Human?

B.Ed 3

Tutor ED3005: Primary Mathematics Curriculum

B.Ed 4

Tutor ED4016/ED4052: Professional Studies, Primary Mathematics Curriculum

Tutor ED4017: Learning and Teaching, The School and Community 


Tutor ED4018/ED4511: Primary Mathematics Curriculum  

PGDE Part Time distance learners

Tutor ED4650 Primary Mathematics Curriculum