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Mary Biddulph

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Mary Biddulph is a lecturer in Geography Education in the School of Education and a member of the Centre for Research in Schools and Communities. She was the commissioning editor (along with Dr. Graham Butt at Birmingham University) for the successful 'Theory into Practice' series published by the Geographical Association. This set of research monographs has extensive use in the professional development of geography teachers. She has also written for the Secondary Geography Handbook ( Balderstone, D ed) and she is currently editor of Teaching Geography, the professional journal for secondary geography teachers, both published by the Geographical Association. http://www.geography.org.uk/

Mary is an active member of the Geographical Association regularly presenting and running workshops at the GA's annual conference. Her long-running work wih the GA has been based around a project entitled 'Young People's Geographies'. The project, funded by 'The Action Plan for Geography' (DCSF) aims to more effectively link research into young people lived geographies with the school geography curriculum. via student led pedagogies. Working with teachers and students across the country the project has led to the development of valuable and creative approaches to the school geography curriculum.The project website http://www.youngpeoplesgeographies.co.uk/ captures some of this.

Mary is a member of GEReCo (Geography Education Research Collective) , a collective of active researchers in geography education from universities across the country. As a member of GEReCo Mary has recently presented research papers at The Association of American Geographers Conference in Las Vegas (2009)and Washington DC(2010). GEReCo is actively involved in developing the profile of research in geography education as reflected in its forthcoming publication: Geography, Education and the Future. (Continuum)

Mary has been external examiner for a number of PGCE Geography courses and she is currently external examiner for the PGCE Geography course at University College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth. She has also been external examiner for the Institute of Education in Mauritius as part of a British Council project and has worked as a consultant on different projects for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

Teaching responsibilities

Mary is one of two geography tutors on the PGCE geography course and also teaches on the MA in Education and has co-ordinated the Bachelor of Education course - an in-service undergraduate course for trained overseas teachers.

Research Summary

Research

Recent research interests have involved collaborative work with history colleagues on young people's perception of history and geography and how this informs their experiences of learning both subjects in school. The outcomes of this work have enabled some schools to better structure their curriculum and reconsider their teaching approaches in each subject.

Mary's PhD thesis, entitled: What does it mean to be a Teacher of Geography? Investigating the teacher's relationship with the curriculum, examines different form of curriculum theory and how teachers engage with an ever-changing geography curriculum.

Recent Publications

  • BIDDULPH,M., 2017. Primary and secondary geography: Common ground and some shared dilemmas. In: CATLING, S., ed., Reflections on Primary Geography Proceedings prepared for the 20th Charney Primary Geography Conference First. Geographical Association. 85-89
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2017. Inclusive geographies: the illusion of inclusion Teaching Geography. 42(2), 49-52
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2017. What do we mean by curriculum?. In: JONES, M., ed., The Handbook of Secondary Geography Geographical Association. 30-40
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2016. England: Making Progress in School Geography: Issues, Challenges and Enduring Questions. In: OSLVADO, O.S., SOLEM, M. and BOEM, R., eds., Learning Progressions in Geography Education:: International perspectives First. 35-53

Mary is a member of the Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacy. Her research supervision areas include:

  • pupils' perception of geography
  • student teacher values and geographical education
  • the training processes for mentors in schools

Research proposals: please email Mary if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic.

Past Research

In addition to this project Mary has also been involved, as project evaluator, in two other Geographical Association projects: 'Why Argue?' was a collaboration between geography and English teachers and 'Spatially Speaking' was a project focusing on developing the use of GIS in schools.

Future Research

The focus of Mary's work is the geography curriculum. The Young People's Geographies project demonstrated how developments in academic geography could contribute to the school geography curriculum. Mary is interested in extending this work into other areas of the geography curriculum.

  • BIDDULPH,M., 2017. Primary and secondary geography: Common ground and some shared dilemmas. In: CATLING, S., ed., Reflections on Primary Geography Proceedings prepared for the 20th Charney Primary Geography Conference First. Geographical Association. 85-89
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2017. Inclusive geographies: the illusion of inclusion Teaching Geography. 42(2), 49-52
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2017. What do we mean by curriculum?. In: JONES, M., ed., The Handbook of Secondary Geography Geographical Association. 30-40
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2016. England: Making Progress in School Geography: Issues, Challenges and Enduring Questions. In: OSLVADO, O.S., SOLEM, M. and BOEM, R., eds., Learning Progressions in Geography Education:: International perspectives First. 35-53
  • BIDDULPH, MARY. and LAMBERT, DAVID., 2015. Learning to Teach Geography in the Secondary School: A companion to school experience Third. Routledge.
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2014. What kind of curriculum do we really want? Teaching Geography. 39(1), 6-9
  • MARY BIDDULPH, 2013. Curriculum Making: how is the curriculum constructed?. In: DAVID LAMBERT AND MARK JONES, ed., Debates in Geography Education Routledge.
  • LAMBERT, D. and BIDDULPH, M., 2013. Veranderte Kindheit,veranderte Geographie (Changing ‘Childhood’, Changing Geography). In: ROLFES, R. and UHLENWINKLE, A., eds., Metzler Handbuch 2.0 Georaphieunderterricht Westerman.
  • MARY BIDDULPH, 2012. Young People's Geographies and the school curriculum Geography. 97(3), 155-162
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2011. Young people’s geographies: implications for secondary school geography. In: BUTT, G., ed., Geography, education and the future Continuum.
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2011. Articulating student voice and facilitating curriculum agency Curriculum Journal. 22(3), 381-399
  • FIRTH, R., BIDDULPH, M., RILEY, H., GAUNT, I. and BUXTON, C., 2010. How can young people take an active role in the geography curriculum? Teaching Geography. 35(2), 49-51
  • FIRTH, R. and BIDDULPH, M., 2009. Whose life is it anyway? Young people's geographies. In: MITCHELL, D., ed., Living geography: exciting futures for teachers and students Chris Kington Publishing. 13-27
  • FIRTH, R. and BIDDULPH, M.A., 2007. Fantastic Geographies: connecting the school subject and the academic discipline through pre-service teachers Geographical Association, GTIP Think Pieces. (In Press.)
  • FIRTH, R. and BIDDULPH, M.A., 2007. Fantastic Geographies: connecting the school subject and the academic discipline through pre-service teachers Geographical Association, GTIP Think Pieces. (In Press.)
  • BIDDULPH, M. and ADEY, K., 2004. Pupil perceptions of effective teaching and subject relevance in history and geography at Key Stage 3 Research in Education. 71, 1-8
  • BIDDULPH, M. and ADEY, K., 2003. Perceptions v. reality: pupils' experiences of learning in history and geography at Key Stage 4 Curriculum Journal. 14(3), 291-303
  • BIDDULPH, MARY, BRIGHT, GAYNOR and GEOGRAPHICAL ASSOCIATION, 2003. Dramatically good geography / Mary Biddulph and Gaynor Bright Sheffield : Geographical Association, 2003.
  • ADEY, K.R. and BIDDULPH, M.A., 2003. What's the Point? Pupils' Perceptions of the relevance of studying History and Geography to their Future Employability Career Research and Development. 6, 30-32
  • ADEY, K. and BIDDULPH, M., 2001. The influence of pupil perceptions on subject choice at 14+ in geography and history Educational Studies. 27(4), 439-450
  • BIDDULPH, M.A., 2001. Citizenship in geography classrooms: questions of pedagogy. In: LAMBERT, D. and MACHON, P., eds., Citizenship through secondary geography London: Routledge/Falmer. 182-196
  • ADEY, K.R. and BIDDULPH, M.A., 2000. Pupil Perceptions and Subject Choice at 14+ in Geography and History In: British Educational Research Association Conference.
  • BIDDULPH, M.A., 2000. Pedagogy for Citizenship. In: Geography, Citizenship and Democracy Education Falmer Press Ltd, London.

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