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Biography

Dr Alasdair Richardson is Senior Lecturer in Education in the Department of Teacher Development. Alasdair has taught extensively across the school age range, from Key Stage 1 to A Level. Trained as a Special Needs teacher in Key Stage 1, he has been a Leading Maths Teacher and an Associate Numeracy Consultant for Surrey County Council. He has held a variety of leadership roles in schools, including two Deputy Headships. He has taught Religious Studies in Primary, Middle and Secondary school settings and Philosophy of Religion at A Level. He is a school Governor in Farnborough, Hampshire, and is a co-opted member of Hampshire SACRE, where he is a member of the monitoring sub-committee and the South Central SACRE Hub.

Alasdair sits on the Faculty Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee, and the University's Research Degrees Quality Committee. He is a member of the Children & Spirituality Research Cluster. Together with Rhiannon Love, he co-hosts the RE Reading & Research Group with Hampshire Inspection & Advisory Service. Alasdair leads the Professional Doctorate in Education & Masters in Social Research in Education programmes. He teaches on the Primary & Secondary initial teacher education programmes, the MA (Ed) and leads various modules on the EdD.

Areas of expertise

Alasdair is broadly interested in learning and teaching in RE and the role teachers play in the formation of students' views and opinions, particularly when learning about sensitive or controversial issues.

Within this, Alasdair's research specialism is Holocaust Education. His particular interest concerns how students emotionally engage with the potentially traumatic discourses of Holocaust narratives and how we as educators guide and support them through this process. This was the focus for his doctoral research in 2008, paving the way for similar studies in the field. He is also interested in the role film representations and oral/visual testimonies play in defining students' understandings, and how we create memory spaces for ourselves and within society.

Alasdair is an Educator with the Holocaust Educational Trust and is a Graduate of Yad Vashem in Israel. He has been a teacher advisor for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and is a member of the British Association for Holocaust Studies.

Alasdair has been awarded the University Early Career Research Fellowship for 2016-17. His project will develop his work on emotional learning in Holocaust Education.

Publications

Conferences

  • Richardson, A (2016) 'Empowering Transformative Transition: Making a case for RE in supportive Holocaust Education across the Primary Secondary divide in UK schools', A Primary or Secondary Concern? Holocaust Education in Schools in the 21st Century: Current Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward, 7th-8th July, Loughborough University / National Holocaust Centre & Museum
  • Richardson, A (2016) 'Who Owns My Story? Holocaust survivors and their testimony over time', Bearing Witness More Than Once How Institutions, Media and Time Shape Shoah Survivors' Testimonies', 14th-16th March, Humboldt-Universitt zu Berlin.
  • Richardson, A & Walden, V (2015) Playing with Perpetrators an academic workshop, Encountering Perpetrators of Mass Killings, Political Violence and Genocide Conference, 1st-3rd September, University of Winchester
  • Richardson, A (2015) The Shifting Sands of Memory: Students Encounters with the Landscapes of Holocaust Memory, 14th International Students Research Conference, University of Latvia
  • Richardson, A. (2014) Textbooks, Tales, Testimony and Trauma: The Holocaust as a contested space in UK schools, Britain and the Holocaust (First Conference of the British Association for Holocaust Studies), 1st-2nd September, University of Edinburgh
  • Richardson, A. (2015) Geographies of Trauma: Teenagers encountering the landscapes of the Holocaust Tracing Topographies: Revisiting the Concentration Camps Seventy Years after the Liberation of Auschwitz, 6th-8th January, University of Kent & The Jewish Museum, London
  • Richardson, A. (2014) The Case for PSHE+C in UK Primary Schools a teachers perspective, International Conference on Political Education at the Primary Level, 25th September, Pdagogische Hochschule Wien (Vienna)
  • Richardson, A. (2014) Textbooks, Tales, Testimony and Trauma: The Holocaust as a contested space in UK schools, Britain and the Holocaust (First Conference of the British Association for Holocaust Studies), 1st-2nd September, University of Edinburgh
  • Richardson, A. (2014) Beyond Belief: The challenge for students encountering the Holocaust at the edge of living memory, Education, War & Peace (International Standing Conference for the History of Education 36), 23rd-26th July, ISCHE & IoE, University of London
  • Richardson, A. (2014) Meeting with Disaster - Students experiences of learning about the Holocaust, 5th International Week of Professors 12th-16th May, University of Latvia
  • Richardson, A. (2014) Learning about the Holocaust: Confronting a violent past for a peaceful future, Why War? Peace Studies in the 21st Century Conference, 1st-3rd May, University of Bradford
  • Richardson, A. (2013) Holocaust Education The Students Perspective, The Future of Holocaust Studies, 29th-31st July, University of Southampton & University of Winchester

Workshops

  • Richardson, A (2016) 'British Values in UK Schools What are they?', 15th International Students' Research Conference, University of Latvia
  • Richardson, A & Gray, M (2016) 'Making the Most of Your Doctoral Experience a workshop for doctoral students in Holocaust Studies / Holocaust Education', The British Association for Holocaust Studies, The Jewish Museum London (2016)
  • Richardson, A (2015) 'Holocaust Education: What types of learning take place in our classrooms?', Teacher Study Seminar, Holocaust Educational Trust, Stranmills University College, Belfast
  • Richardson, A (2015) 'Emotional Teaching & Learning at Auschwitz Birkenau', Holocaust Educational Trust & Museum Guides from the State Museum at Auschwitz Birkenau, London
  • Richardson, A & Walden, V (2015) 'Playing with Perpetrators an academic workshop', Encountering Perpetrators of Mass Killings, Political Violence and Genocide Conference, University of Winchester
  • Richardson, A (2015) 'Training RE Teachers for the Future', The Role of Faith in British Schools, South East England Faith Forum & UoW
  • Student Responses to the Holocaust. Holocaust Educational Trust UK Residential, College Court, University of Leicester (2015)
  • Dilemmas & Choices Using the Resource in the Classroom. Holocaust Educational Trust UK Residential, College Court, University of Leicester (2015)
  • The (un)intentional emotional challenges for students on a Lesson from Auschwitz Visit. Holocaust Educational Trust Educator Forum, College Court, University of Leicester (2014)
  • Textbooks and Tears. Holocaust Educational Trust Yad Vashem Teacher Study Visit Follow-Up Weekend, College Court, University of Leicester (2014)
  • The Holocaust and Religious Education: Me, you, us. Holocaust Educational Trust Teachers' Summer School (2014)
  • Beyond Belief: The challenge for students encountering the Holocaust at the edge of living memory, Empowering Young People to Change the World Conference, 29th-30th May (Royal Wootton Bassett Academy & the Centre for Holocaust Education at the IoE, University of London)
  • Teaching the Holocaust: Psychological Aspects Teaching & Commemorating the Holocaust in 21st Century Britain (3rd Conference) (2010)

Additionally, Alasdair has chaired panel discussions with the Holocaust & Genocide, Pop Culture & the Digital online research forum, and for the Association of Jewish Refugees at their conference Connecting the Generations of the Holocaust: A First, Second and Third Generation Gathering.

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