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Research Profile

Dr Rebecca

Senior Lecturer in Education (ITE - Art)

  • Rebecca Heaton obtained a first class BAEd honours degree from The University of Reading in Educational Studies and Art with Qualified Teacher Status. She then practiced as a primary school teacher for five years taking on the roles of Key stage two teacher, an art specialist and later a Head of Arts managerial position. Whilst teaching Rebecca completed a Ma in Art Education at Oxford Brookes University, the first year of which formed part of the National Artist Teacher Scheme.

    Rebecca Heaton was appointed to Northampton University as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Curriculum Leader for Art and Design in 2012 in the Initial Teacher Education division. During her first two years at the University Rebecca completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education and was awarded HEA fellowship. In her second year Rebecca began a Doctorate in Art Education at The University of Cambridge, she is in her third year of study and is using ethnographic methods to research cognition in the practice of art educators.

    • BA (Hons) Primary Education 5-11 QTS
    • BA (Hons) Early Years Education QTS
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Education Primary 5-11 QTS

    Art specialism pathway leader for BA Primary Education 5-11 QTS Year 1-3. Year 1 Foundation Subjects module leader for BA Primary Education 5-11 QTS.

    Rebecca also teaches on the following modules:

    • BA Year 1 Art and Design Specialism
    • BA Year 2 Art and Design Specialism
    • BA Year 3 Art and Design Specialism
    • BA Year 1 Foundation Studies (Art)
    • BA Year 2 Foundation Studies (Art)
    • BA Year 1 Early Years Non Core Curriculum (Art)
    • BA Year 2 Early Years Non Core Curriculum (Art)
    • PGCE Module 1 Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • Rebecca’s research interests encompass the areas of art education, digital practice and sustainability in education. She has presented research projects nationally and internationally in these disciplines. A selection of this work is shared below:


    • Heaton, R. (2013). Children’s participation in the development of a shared perspective through multimedia technologies. British Early Childhood Education Research Association. Birmingham.
    • Award received for best new researcher: BECERA.
    • Heaton, R. (2013). Working in partnership on Project Miro. Il bello, I bambini, Miro e l’arte Contemporanea Conference. Tuscany.

    As a result of this research project Rebecca developed an e-book:

    • Heaton, R. (ed) (2014) Project Miro: An international and multi-sited journey of Early Years creative practice, inspired by the artist Jean Miro. Online Access:
    • Heaton, R. (2014). Reflections: Exploring the use of multi-sited collaborative pathways to investigate social issues within art teacher education. International Journal of Art and Design Education, Conference Presentation.


    • Heaton, R. and Caldwell, H (2015). The interdisciplinary use of blogs and online communities in higher education. International Conference for ICT in Education (ICICTE). Kos. Conference paper, presentation and workshop delivered.
    • Heaton, R. Caldwell, H. Bracey, P. and Whewell, E. (2015) Can blogs enhance higher education students’ understanding of Learning Outside the Classroom (LOC) principles? Teacher Education Advancement Network, Birmingham. Conference presentation and paper.
    • Heaton, R. (2015). Sharing mindfulness: A moral practice for trainee artist-teachers. International Journal for Art and Design Education Conference 2015. Conference submission under review. Glasgow, UK.

    On-going Research:

    • EdD participatory research project with art education students exploring cognition and academic discourse in art practice. (2013-2018).


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