People at STEP

Maureen Finn

Maureen Finn

Director

Prior to becoming Director at STEP, Maureen came to Moray House as the lead researcher on the Scottish Government-funded e-Lates (e-Learning and Traveller Education) project. Related positions in the field have included primary teacher, Head of Education at the National Galleries of Scotland and Creative Learning Officer at Education Scotland.
Maureen has led a range of research and published evaluations, including Bookstart Backpacks, East Lothian Council, 2009, Writers in Education: three-way mentoring programme, Scottish Book Trust, 2009, On the Money, Learning and Teaching Scotland, 2008, Reading Rich, Scottish Government, 2008, Rethinking Disability Representation, Nesta/University of Leicester, 2007, Edinburgh Artists’ Training Programme, Scottish Arts Council, 2005 and she authored the first Learning and Outreach Strategy to support the V&A Dundee’s initial lottery bid. She has consulted on digital education strategies for the National Maritime Museum, London and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Maureen’s doctoral research explores digital, visual media for social change. Other research strands are centred on spatial and mobilities theories to understand relationships between education and out of school learning environments. Maureen teaches on post- and undergraduate courses including The Social Context of Education, Approaches to Learning (Creating) and supervises Professional Research in Education students. She is a member of the Children and Technology Research Group, Laer lab and the post-humanism reading group. Contact Maureen on maureen.finn@ed.ac.uk

Mary Hendry

Mary Hendry

Associate Director

Mary’s role at STEP is to provide knowledge, information and expertise about Travelling people in Scotland for educators and  local and national policy makers. Mary joined STEP following its successful partnership bid with Glasgow City Council (GCC) for Government funding to promote the educational interests of Gypsies and Travellers. Recently retired from her post as a social inclusion officer for GCC, Mary is a Scottish Gypsy/Traveller who brings to STEP her wide experience of developing and delivering educational services for the City of Glasgow, including support for Travelling families’ access to education. Mary is currently engaged in a local authority consultation with Gypsy/Traveller families regarding accommodation.

Pauline Duncan | Research Associate

Pauline is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at STEP. Her research explores the use of digital and arts-based methods to facilitate meaningful dialogue and participation for children and families in research and education, and how creative and playful pedagogies can foster rich learning experiences. Her writings have appeared in Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood and the American Journal of Play. Her most recent publication Exploring the Pedagogic Culture of Creative Play in Early Childhood features in the Journal of Early Childhood Research. Pauline is a reviewer for the British Journal of Educational Technology, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Global Childhood Studies Journal.

Email: pauline.duncan@ed.ac.uk