Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)
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Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education Programme Director (DLITE) Primary
Erasmus and International Student Co-ordinator
My career began as a Medical Laboratory Scientist with The Scottish Blood Transfusion Service within a range of departments. A career change led me to becoming a primary school teacher, with a specialist overview of science.
While my children were young, I chose to stay at home and became involved with the introduction and promotion of Gaelic Medium Education, within Aberdeen City, as Chairperson for Croileagan Obair Dheathain and Feis Obair Dheahthain. Part of my role was to lobby for the instigation of the Sgoil Araich (Nursery) to be offered at Gilcomstoun Primary School and to present parental views at the Gaelic Advisory Board. All my children were educated through the medium of Gaelic. Involvement with Gaelic Language development quantified that the acquisition of multiple languages for non-native language development needs to be delivered as an immersion model if we are to fully support Mother Tongue +2 languages as set by the Scottish Government.
Another career change led me to work within further education as a Curriculum Manger for Early Education and care at Aberdeen College. In this role my interest in early education developed and with colleagues at the University of Aberdeen I co-authored, Early Years Education and Care (2013) SAGE ISBN.978-1-4462-0711-6.
The focus for my research based teaching has been early year’s education, teaching for many years on the BA Childhood Practice and MA in Education undergraduate programmes. The influences upon pre-birth is a key interest, be that genetic or environmental, as always the dichotomy between nature and nurture continues.
As a keen member of Aberdeen Sports Village and marathon runner, I am working with staff at The Robert Gordon University Sports Science Department, to monitor school pupil involvement with The Aberdeen Youth Games, and the impact this may have on long term health and cognitive development.
I continue to support the Erasmus and International programmes, as I strongly believe that for education students, the ability to work and view other educational programmes will support their long term careers in terms of research and enquiry.
Mary's interests are linked to Early years education.
As part of my Masters in Research degree I am researching the delivery of CPD course via a blended learning approach.
Within the School of Education I teach on both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I am also part of a team working on developing and delivering the degree in Childhood Practice and the Early Years Postgraduate Certificate Course.
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Part of my remit is to work alongside other agencies involved in Early Years Education, including the SSSC council and local authorities.