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Biography

Since 2011 Eira Wyn has been a tutor at the University of Winchester with responsibility for coordinating the music provision across both the BEd/MEd Primary Education and PGCE Primary Education programmes. She is also part of the Primary Science team. Her teaching experience includes teaching in Key Stage 2 in both rural and inner-city contexts in the U.K. and Key Stage 1 children in an international school. Eira Wyn also has experience of working in a research-based role within the National Foundation for Educational Research.
 
The belief that research is an essential and effective driver of change underpins her practice and she has carried out research into ways of enhancing the student learning experience through research-based practice which takes into account the student voice. This work has informed the development of creative learning and teaching opportunities through exploring the way in which different approaches to learning and teaching meet students’ own perceived learning needs. An example of this is research into student perceptions of factors which influenced the effectiveness of a tutor-led constructivist approach within science sessions. 
 
Eira Wyn is particularly interested in facilitating research within educational contexts and is committed to working with student teachers and school-based staff on developing their research interests. 

Higher Education Teaching Qualification

Fellowship (FHEA)

Areas of expertise

Eira Wyn has experience of leading and supporting teaching and learning in a variety of contexts both within primary schools and in Initial Teacher Education. She has worked for thirteen years in higher education, teaching in a range of areas including Primary Science, Primary Music and Primary Mathematics. She has experience of supervision of research both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Eira Wyn Patterson (2016): Exploratory talk in the early years: analysing exploratory talk in collaborative group activities involving younger learners , Education 3-13,
  • Patterson, E.W. (2016) Research Methods 3: Considering ethics in your research, MESHGuide, University of Winchester.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2016) Research Methods 2: Developing your research design, MESHGuide, University of Winchester.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2016) Research Methods 1: Doing a literature review: How to find and make sense of published research, MESHGuide, University of Winchester.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2011) Initial teacher development in science: the impact of constructivist-informed practice on learning, Teacher Development, 15(1), pp69-86.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2001) ‘Structuring the composition process in scientific writing’, International Journal of Science Education, 23 (1), pp.1-16.

Papers currently in development 

  • Patterson, E.W. and Yeatman, B. (in preparation) An analysis of school-based factors influencing the developing identities of student teachers
  • Clark, A.B. and Patterson, E.W. (in preparation) An exploration of factors impacting on non-specialist primary teachers’ engagement in music teaching

Conferences

  • Patterson, E.W. (2007) ‘Developing talk and cooperative learning in the Early Years.’ British Educational Research Association Conference: Institute of Education, University of London, 4th – 8th September.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2009) ‘The journey of a teacher educator: From transmission to construction.’ Centre for Learner Identity Studies Conference, Edge Hill University, 14th July.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2009) ‘Analysis of factors influencing the contribution of talk to learning during collaborative group work in science.’ BERA Conference, University of Manchester, 2nd-4th September.
  • Cole, T.D. and Patterson, E.W. (2014) ‘How does technology support pupils' creativity when composing music in Key Stage 4?’ British Educational Research Association Conference: Institute of Education, University of London, September 2014.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2015) ‘An exploration of factors influencing the potential of research to impact on the development of students’ practice in the classroom,’ TEAN Conference, Aston University, 13th-14th May.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2015) Transforming Practice: An exploration of factors influencing the potential of research to impact on the development of students’ practice, UCET Conference, 3rd-4th November, Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
  • Patterson, E.W. (2016) ‘The role of school-based mentors in supporting the development of students’ practice: Insights from research,’ TEAN Conference, Aston University, 5th-6th May.
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