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Dr Barbara Merrill


Associate Professor (Reader)Dr Barbara Merrill
 

Room WCE1.2, Lifelong Learning Building, Westwood Campus
Barbara.Merrill@warwick.ac.uk
+44 (0)24 7652 3787


Dr Barbara Merrill is an Associate Professor. She teaches undergraduate modules, supervises dissertation students and undertakes research. She offers PhD supervision in the following areas, adult student experiences in further, higher and community education, gender, class and adult education, biographical narrative research and adult education, issues of access, retention and drop-out and learning experiences and learner identity.

Biography and Research Interests
Barbara is involved in several European and national research projects. Her research interests include access issues and experiences of adult students in community adult education, further and higher education, social inclusion and lifelong learning, gender and class and adult education, citizenship, regeneration and biographical methods.

Barbara is currently working on the (Word Document)ESREA Access, Learning Careers and Identities Conference 2015, an Erasmus+ EDUPRO research project: (Word Document)Promoting Lifelong Learning in HE by Implementing Innovative Practices in Recognition of Prior Learning, an Erasmus+ EMPLOY Research Project:
(Word Document)Enhancing the Employability of Non-Traditional Students in HE and an Erasmus+ and EDUFIN Research Project:
(Word Document)Developing participative processes for the generation of a financial education curriculum addressed to young adults at risk.

Barbara is a member of the Standing Council on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA), a member of the Steering Committee for the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA), co-ordinator of the Access, Learning Careers and Identities ESREA Network and a member of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI). Barbara is also a member of the Editorial Boards of Studies in the Education of Adults and is the Book Review Editor for the journal. Barbara has recently co-ordinated an eight-partner EU funded project (Lifelong Learning Programme) on Access, Retention and Drop-out (RANLHE) and a project funded by CEDEFOP entitled Learning for Career and Labour Market Transitions: Individual Biographies with Professor Alan Brown and Professor Jenny Bimrose in the Institute of Employment Research (IER) at Warwick.

Selected Publications

2015: With Finnegan, F. 'We're as good as anybody else': a comparative study of working-class university students' experiences in England and Ireland, British Journal of Sociology of Education, DOI: 10.1080/01425692/2015.1081054
2015: With Barabasch, A & Zanazzi, S, Structural support, networking and individual survival: career changes in Italy and Spain in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Vol. 43 (3), pp 323-338
2014: Determined to Stay or Determined to Leave? A Tale of Learner Identities, Biographies and Non-traditional Students in Higher Education in Studies in Higher Education, Vol. 40 (3), pp 1859-1871
2014: With Barabasch, A. ‘Cross-cultural Approaches to Biographical Interviews: Looking at career transitions in Journal of Research in Comparative and International Education, Vol. 9 (3), pp 287-300
2014: With Finnegan, F & Thunborg, C (eds.) Student Voices on Inequalities in European Higher Education: Challenges for theory, policy and practice in a time of change,London, Routledge
2014: Gender and age: negotiating and experiencing higher education in England, in Finnegan, F, Merrill, B & Thunborg, C (eds.) (2014) Student Voices on Inequalities in European Higher Education: Challenges for theory, policy and practice in a time of change, London, Routledge
2014: With West, L & Bron, A, Researching student experience in Finnegan, F, Merrill, B & Thunborg, C (eds.) Student Voices on Inequalities in European Higher Education: Challenges for theory, policy and practice in a time of change, London, Routledge
2013: Studies in the Education of Adults see RANLHE project for further information
2012: Learning to become an Adult Student: Experiences in a UK university in International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, Vol.5 Issue 1 (November), pp21-42
2012: Non-Traditional Adult Students: Access, Drop-Out, Retention and Developing a Learner Identity in T. Hinton-Smith (ed) Widening Participation in Higher Education: Casting the Net Wide? Issues in Higher Education, London, Palgrave
2012: With Chan, A, Learning and Identity: life, work and citizenship in Texler Segal, M, Chow, E N & Demos, V (eds.) Social Production and Reproduction at the Interface of Public and Private Spheres in Advances in Gender Research, Vol. 16, Bingley, Emerald Books, pp
2012: With Field, J & West, L, Life History Approaches to Access and Retention of Non-traditional Students in Higher Education, European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults (RELA), Vol. 3 No.1, April, pp77 -89
2011: Experiencing Class: Working Class Adult Students in Higher Education in Herzberg, H & Kammler, E (eds.) Biographie und Gesellschaft: Beitraege zu enier Empirisch Fundierten Theoriebildug, Frankfurt/ New York, Campus Verlag
2009: (ed.) Learning to Change: The Role of Identity and Learning Careers in Adult Education, Frankfurt-am-Main, Peter Lang
2009: With West, L, Using Biographical Methods in Social Research, London, Sage
2007: With West, L, Alheit, P, Bron, A & Siig Andersen, A, (eds), Using Biographies and Life History Approaches in the Study of Adult and Lifelong Learning, Frankfurt-am-Main, Peter Lang
2007: Recovering Class and the Collective in West, L, Alheit, P, Bron, A & Siig Andersen, A, Merrill, B, (eds), Using Biographies and Life History Approaches in the Study of Adult and Lifelong Learning, Frankfurt-am-Main, Peter Lang
2006: L’Educació de Persones Adultes a Angleterra: temps exigents in Educació de Persones Adultes: Un visió internacional, Papers d’ Educació de Persones Adultes No 51-52
2006: With Crowther, J, Johnston, R, Martin, I, Defending the Radical Margins of University Higher Education in Antikainen, A, Harinen, P & Torres, C, A, (eds.) In From the Margins: adult education, work and civil society, Rotterdam, Sense Publications
2005: With Johnston, R (2005) From Old to New Learning identities: Charting the Change for Non-Traditional Adult Students in Higher Education, Bron, A, Kurantowicz, E, Salling Olesen, H & West, L (eds.) 'Old' and 'New' Worlds of Adult Learning, Wroclaw, Wydawnictwo Naukowe
2005: 'Biographical Research: reasserting experience' in Crowther, J, Galloway, V & Martin, I (eds) Popular Education: Engaging the Academy, Leicester, NIACE
2005: 'Dialogic Feminism: other women and the challenge of adult education', International Journal of Lifelong Education, Vol 24, 01
2004: 'Biography and narratives: adult returners to learning' with Alheit, P in Osborne, M, Gallacher, J & Crossan, B Researching Widening Access to Lifelong Learning, London, Routledge
2004: 'Biographies, Class and Learning: the experiences of adult learners' in Pedagogy, Culture and Society, Vol 12, 1
2003: With Crossan, B, Field, J, Gallacher, J, 'Understanding Participation in Learning for Non-traditional Adult Learners: learning careers and the construction of learning identities' in British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol 24, No 1
2003: 'Adult Education and Citizenship: A European Perspective' in Coare, P & Johnston, R (eds) Adult Learning, Citizenship and Community Voices, Leicester, NIACE
2003: With Hyland, T, The Changing Face of Further Education: lifelong learning, inclusion and community values in further education, London, Taylor & Francis
2002: With Gallacher, J, Crossan, B, & Field, J, 'Learning careers and the social space: exploring the fragile identities of adult returners in the new further education' in International Journal of Lifelong Education, Vol 21, No 6, November/December
2001: 'Learning and Teaching in Universities: perspectives from adult learners and lecturers' in Teaching In Higher Education, Vol 6, No 1
1996: Gender, Change and Identity, Mature Women Students in Universities, Aldershot, Ashgate