Key research interests revolve around the arts and culture in education and policy including:
- Project managing research into the impact of subject specific art/design continuing professional development for primary educators (2015-present).
- Project managing two research associates who are examining why the artist teacher programme facilitates transformative learning for its participants.
- An ethnographic study exploring how young people negotiate meaning when working with an artist in a contemporary gallery space (doctoral thesis).
- The National Society of Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) survey into how Coalition government policy (2010-2015) has impacted on art educators' professional practice (2013-14 and 2014-15 surveys). This has also lead to an analysis of the survey findings in light of educational policy reform.
- Impact of secondary art/design PGCE closures on wider partnerships.
- Autoethnographic analysis of the development of visual perception through photography, and the impact this has on curriculum design in secondary education.
- A sociocultural analysis about how student teachers learn with a craft expert during a teacher training programme.
- National reports into evaluations of Creative Partnerships CPD opportunities, 2005, 2008-2010.
Wider University research activity includes:
- Project manage the Students as Researchers initiative which supports the design and dissemination of research as academic posters. After establishing the pilot (2017-18) Rachel successfully bid for internal funding to develop workshops run by MA artist teachers and delivered to staff and students across the University (2018-present).
- Project managin a pilot study examining the strenghts, limitations and feasibility of developing sexual consent workshops for first year undergraduates (2018-present).
Research group membership
A member of the Humanistics Perspectives on Education research group, School of Education.
A member of the steering committee for the Get Published! Project which facilitates a University-wide academic poster conference for undergraduate and postgraducate students to disseminate research projects (2016-present).
Research grants and awards
2018-19: Awarded internal funding from the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Promoting Pedagogies scheme to develop the Students as Researchers academic poster workshops.
2017-18: Awarded internal funding from the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty to conduct a small-scale impact case study examining how an artist CPD session with teachers and pupils from a Multi-Academy Trust raises the profile of the visual arts across the curriculum.
2015: Brookes Union Teaching Award for Most Effective Feedback.
2017-present: Examining why the artist teacher programme facilitates transformative learning in a higher educational setting.
2015-present: Examining how ongoing subject specific CPD impacts teacher confidence, curriculum design and learning opportunities in primary school settings.
Project managing two research associates who are examining why the artist teacher programme facilitates transformative learning for its participants. Impact data will contribute to an education REF impact study (2017-present).
2017: 2013 small scale research examining the impact of the closure of the Secondary Art and Design PGCE programme at Oxford Brookes University (2012) was cited by Earl Clancarty, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design Education, during a debate in the Lords Chamber, 28 November 2017. The focus was on Teacher Education: Arts, Crafts and Design; Arts and the Government.
2017: One of eight academics profiled on the new Research Impact at the UK Parliament, which provides comprehensive information for researchers and universities on how they can engage with Parliament.
2017: Beyond Surface, an art exhibition at The Glass Tank Gallery celebrating ten years of the Artist Teacher Scheme MA in Education.
2017: Presentation at a Modern Art Oxford event Creative Conversation: She Who Writes Her-story Rewrites History. The talk Drawing Professional Worlds examines how the Artist Teacher Scheme supports educators to positively address neoliberal agendas in their professional settings through using art as a visual research method. Rachel drew on Beyond Surface exhibitors’ artworks, artist statements and rationales to support this as well as literature from her doctoral thesis.
2016: Dissemination of the International Journal of Art and Design Education conference presentation on the Humanistic Perspectives on Education Research Group blog.
Payne, R (2016) EBacc and primary testing pushing arts out of the curriculum, Schools Week online.
2016: NSEAD Survey findings report, 2015-16