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Dr Sheila Trahar

Dr Sheila Trahar

Dr Sheila Trahar
BA(CNAA), MSc, DipCounselling(Bristol), PhD

Reader in International Higher Education

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Summary

  • England-Africa Partnerships - Partnership for Strengthening Education & Social Science PhD Programmes

  • Developing a Widening Participation Strategy for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Postgraduate Students

  • University of Bristol Teaching and Learning Fellowship Continuing Professional Development Needs of New Academic Staff

  • Supervision and Careers Practitioners in Higher Education

  • University of Bristol Teaching and Learning AwardUsing Student Self-assessment - an evaluation

Biography

Sheila Trahar is a Senior Lecturer in Education.  She has extensive professional experience in teaching in adult and higher education and in counselling, career counselling and guidance.  She teaches on the EdD in both Bristol and Hong Kong, the MSc Educational Research in Bristol and has taught on the MEd programme in Hong Kong for several years, leading the programme there since 2008. 

Sheila completed her doctoral research, a narrative inquiry into the learning experiences of postgraduate students in a culturally diverse environment in 2006.  Through this research she became particularly interested in the philosophical assumptions underlying more traditional methodological approaches, in the ways in which learning and teaching are culturally mediated and the ethical dimensions of conducting research across cultures.  She is also engaged, increasingly, with ways in which autoethnographic exploration can enable people in higher education to examine critically their experiences and beliefs about learning and teaching and ways in which those practices are culturally mediated.

Her research reflects her commitment to celebrating greater diversity in higher education while acknowledging its concomitant complexities.  She has completed research projects on a range of Widening Participation issues including experiences and perceptions of British Black and minority ethnic postgraduate students and ways to engage 'Hard to Reach' Communities in Bristol with higher education.  In 2008 Sheila led the Higher Education Academy funded project investigating Perspectives on Internationalising the Curriculum

Sheila has published widely in the area of international higher education and intercultural learning and teaching.  Her book Developing Cultural Capability in International Higher Education: a Narrative Inquiry http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415572392/ was published by Routledge in Decmeber 2010.  She is the ESCalate Subject Centre’s Academic Consultant on Internationalisation and her Discussion paper ‘Teaching and Learning; the International Higher Education Landscape – some theories and working practices’ continues to have international impact.

Her edited book Narrative Research on Learning: International and Comparative Perspectives was published in 2006 and, together with the Special Issue of Compare that she edited in May 2008, continues to be one of the few texts that foregrounds the potential for narrative inquiry in international and comparative education.

In addition to her extensive experience of teaching in Hong Kong, Sheila has been an invited lecturer at the University of Malta, the University of Barcelona and King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah.

Teaching

Sheila has extensive experience of teaching across a number of programmes in the Graduate School of Education, both in Bristol and Hong Kong.  She is the coordinator of the MEd  programme in Hong Kong.  Her current teaching reflects her continuing professional interest in cross-cultural issues in learning and teaching in higher education  and her wider research interests in methodological approaches.

Current teaching (2010-11)

MSc Educational Research

  • Exploring Qualitative Methods
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods and Data Analysis
  • Understanding Educational Research

EdD – Bristol

  • Understanding Educational Research
  • Learning and Teaching in the Global University

EdD – Hong Kong

  • Human Resource Management in Education
  • Learning and Teaching in the Global University

MEd – Hong Kong

Contemporary Perspectives on Learning

Keywords

  • teaching process
  • higher education
  • widening participation
  • conducting research across cultures
  • internationalisation
  • diversity in higher education
  • equality and diversity

Skills

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Courses

Dr Trahar currently teaches 2 courses:

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