Rachel has taken part in research projects funded by the Hunter Foundation, the Scottish Government, LEADER, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, various local government authorities, Awards for All, the Higher Education Academy, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
She has contributed to the learning of adults in higher education, community education, and the voluntary and trade union sectors. In higher education she has worked as a law lecturer, in the University of Aberdeen’s former Centre for Lifelong Learning and currently as Senior Lecturer in Education. In the late 1990s she led the Trade Union Congress partnership project Bargaining for Skills in the East and West Midlands regions in England, working with trade unions, employers, colleges and Training and Enterprise Councils. Rachel has also been an adult learning tutor, worked for the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux and for Aberdeen CAB.
Informal professional learning and mentoring.
Children and young people's rights including participation in decision-making in education.
Teacher Induction in Scotland and the mentoring of new teachers
Measuring the Quality of Initial Teacher Education (MQuITE) in Scotland
Community learning and development
Health and Social Care for older people in Marr in the 2020s
Young people and participation in decision-making
Impact of Named Person duties on school principals
Erasmus+ project Mobile Learning in Higher Education (MINE)
Erasmus+ project Part-time and Short Course Higher Education in Serbia (PT&SCHE)
Online learning for those working in Community Learning and Development - Supporting Community Empowerment Mini-MOOC and Managing Change in Community Development MOOC
ED302F Professional Learning and Inquiry (BA Professional Development)
ED302E Hazard and Risk in Professional Contexts (BA Professional Development)
ED4030 Broadening Professional Boundaries (BA Professional Development)
ED553T Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation (MSc Social and Educational Research)
Recognition of Prior Learning
Supervision of Masters Work-Based Projects
Current PhD Students
- Madhawi Alharbi - Using a mobile game for teaching English as a Foreign Language in Saudia Arabia with Dr Bruce Scharlau (School of Natural and Computing Sciences)
- Maryam Alnoaimi - The Role of Bahraini Educational leaders in Developing Educational Values of Citizenship and Promoting Educational Change in the Kingdom of Bahrain with Dr Robert White
- David Di Domenico - Analysis of the experiences, approaches and reflective accounts of academics in relation to cultural diversity in the delivery of undergraduate pre-registration nursing education at a Scottish university with Dr Graeme Nixon
- Esther Nyaga - School leadership and teacher professionalism: an exploration of head teacher leadership practice in public primary schools in Kenya with Prof Emerita Karen McArdle
- Ramona Statchde - The relationship between rural communities and Small & Medium Enterprises - an investigation of the extent to which the latter's social media use is based on shared social and cultural capital and is conducive to mutual development with Dr David Watts (Rowett Institute) and Dr Mark Beecroft (School of Geosciences)
- Khanchai Wongchana - Thai University Student and Teacher Perceptions of Studying Tourism through English Using a CLIL Approach with Prof Do Coyle (University of Edinburgh)
2017 David Johnston - A Socio-Cultural Perspective on 'Belonging'
2017 Geraldine Prince - Art-Making and the Interpretation of Cultures: Cross-cultural teaching and learning in Edinburgh and Dubai
- Further Info
- Education Pathway Convenor for Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (Scotland's ESRC DTP) 2018-
- External Examiner University of Warwick, Initial Teacher Training 2018-
- External Examiner for University of Malta, M.A. in Adult Education 2015-
- Co-convenor Network 6 Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures European Educational Research Association 2017-
- Trustee of the Scottish Educational Research Association responsible for Governance 2016-
- Trustee of the Rocking Horse Nursery 2015-
- Community Learning and Development Standards Council Approvals Panel 2015-
- Senate Assessor (Arts, Business and Social Science) 2017-
- Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator for School of Education 2016-
- Senator representing School of Education academic staff 2016-
- Programme Director of BA in Professional Development 2015-
Journal Board and Reviewer Information
Co-editor of Education in the North
Reviewer for Studies in Higher Education
Scottish Educational Review
Professional Development in Education
European Journal of Teacher Education
Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
NordSTEP the Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy
Education + Training
International Journal of Training and Development
British Journal of Educational Technology 2013-2015
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- Shanks, R 2019, 'Alfabetização Micropolítica e Formação Profissional de Professores Iniciantes' Currículo sem Fronteiras, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 134-150.
- Daly, R & Shanks, R 2019, 'Universal to targeted Community Learning and Development: changed work and a changing profession' Concept.
- Shanks, R, Scharlau, B, Saevanee, H & Stelfox, K 2018, Human and Technological Resources Needed to Develop and Sustain A City-Wide Educational Data Observatory. in BH Khan, JR Corbeil & ME Corbeil (eds), Responsible Analytics and Data Mining in Education: Global Perspectives on Quality, Support, and Decision-Making., 10, Routledge, New York.
- Weber, A, Brahm, T, Pensel, S, Riplinger, T, Steffens, Y, Cornelius, SC, Gerholz, K-H, Orr, D & Shanks, RK 2018, 'Students' voices in Higher Education research' European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Special Interest Group on Higher Education, Geissen, Germany, 29/08/18 - 31/08/18, pp. 37.
- Bastos, G, Bauer, P, Cardoso, T, Cornelius, SC, Mertes, K & Shanks, RK 2018, MINE - Mobile learning in Higher Education. in EDULEARN18 Proceedings. IATED Academy, pp. 3625-3629, EDULearn, Palma, Spain, 2/07/18. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2018.0934
- Fransson, G, Gallant, A & Shanks, R 2018, 'Human elements and the pragmatic approach in the Australian, Scottish and Swedish standards for newly qualified teachers' Journal of Educational Change, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 243-267. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10833-018-9321-8
- Shanks, R 2018, Vital but Neglected: The Informal Learning of New Teachers in Scotland. in G Messmann, M Segers & F Dochy (eds), Informal Learning at Work: Triggers, Antecedents, and Consequences., 6, New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction, Routledge, London.
- Shanks, R & Peter, S 2018, Issues and impact of the Named Person Legislation in Scotland. in K Trimmer, R Dixon & YS Findlay (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Education Law for Schools., 23, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 487-505. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77751-1_23
- Shanks, RK & Scharlau, BA 2018, 'Part-Time Study and E-Learning in Europe: Insights from Erasmus+ PT&SCHE Project' Paper presented at The 9th International Conference on eLearning, Belgrade, Serbia, 27/09/18 - 28/09/18, pp. 1-6.
- Shanks, R & Molloy, C 2017, 'Democracy in schools, Dewey and the referendum on Scottish independence' Education in the North, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 53-71.