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Dr Alexandra Allan

Director of Education, Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

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 +44 (0) 1392 722881

 Baring Court BC117

 

Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

 Office hours:

My office hours are from 9-11am on a Monday morning. Please do feel free to email me in advance if you want to book a particular date/time slot.

Overview

Qualifications

PhD - 'Struggling for success: an ethnographic exploration of young femininities in a private, single-sex primary school' (Cardiff University)

MSc Social Science Research Methods (Distinction, Cardiff University)

BSc Sociology and Education (First Class, Cardiff University)

Research group links

Research

Research interests

My PhD research was based in a single-sex, selective private girls' school and it sought to explore how a small group of girls (aged eleven and twelve) negotiated gender and academic achievement in this unique context (with a particular focus on high academic achievement, young femininities, social class, sexualities and childhood identities, see Allan 2007). Since this study I have been involved in a number of research projects that have all examined the production and reproduction of gender and sexual identities in educational settings. My particular research interests include:

- Young femininities

- Social class

- Gender and sexual relations/identities

- Academic achievement

- Children and childhood

- Single-sex education

- Private education

- Longitudinal qualitative research

- Visual / virtual methods

- Participatory research with children and young people

Research projects

1) Private education, risk and the protected social worlds of upper-middle class girls (2008/10)

ESRC RES-000-22-294

I am currently working on an ESRC funded project which focuses on the experiences of young upper-middle class girls as they prepare to move out of the 'protected' space of the private secondary school and into further and higher education. This project is a follow-up study that is related to my PhD research - working with the same cohort of girls (and  also their parents). The project will explore the girls' present, prospective and retrospective accounts of  what it means to 'grow up' as an upper-middle class girl in this unique context (focusing on issues of gender, class, privilege, space and risk). It will also examine the pupils' and parents' perceptions of the risks that they face in contemporary times, and will explore how they have used the private education system to attempt to manage these risks.

2) The changing identities of middle-class school girls: an exploration of theoretical and methodological considerations (2007/8)

ESRC PTA-026-27-1260

This was an ESRC funded post-doctoral research fellowship that allowed me to consolidate and extend my existing work on the experiences of middle-class girls in private education (See: Allan 2009). The scholarship enabled me to further my work on visual and participatory methods, as it resulted in a one-day conference event for practitioners, academics and researchers ('Advancing the use of visual methods in research with children and young people', See: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/newsandevents/events/16042008.html). The fellowship also enabled me to conduct some further research with young women. This project examined the experiences of a group of young women in a co-educational, selective, private school that had recently been an all-male institution (a single-sex boys' school). During the fellowship I also spent a short amount of time working on a research placement with a team of researchers from the ESRC funded project '(Extra)ordinary Lives' (Qualiti, Cardiff University)

3) No Outsiders: Researching approaches to sexualities equalities in the primary school (2006/7)

ESRC RES-062-23-0095 (Project led by Elizabeth Atkinson, Sunderland University)

As part of a national team I worked as a research fellow to support  a number of primary school teachers in various action research projects that all sought to explore how issues of sexualities equalities could be addressed in the classroom context (See: Allan et al 2008, 2009).

4) Struggling for success: an ethnographic exploration of the construction of young femininities in a single-sex, selective primary school

ESRC PTA 030200200284 

My doctoral research was an ethnographic exploration of the construction of young feminities in a private, selective single-sex school. The setting for the project provided a unique opportunity to address important questions about academic achievement in a ‘high achieving’ environment, the construction of femininity in a single sex environment and the relevance of class in an upper middle class setting. A focus on the transition from primary to secondary schooling also provided the study with a longitudinal element and allowed an exploration of the ways in which identities are negotiated and managed over time and at times of transitional change (See: Allan 2006, 2009).

5) Teen sexual health: asking the consumers (2002/3)

Bro Taf Health Authority funding (Project led by Carolyn Lester)

Whilst enrolled on the ESRC 1+3 doctoral programme I worked as a research assistant (with a group of researchers from the Bro Taf Health Authority in South Wales) to complete a project that was designed to explore young people's knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases (See: Lester and Allan 2006).

6) Young children, gender and peer relations (2002)

Project funded by the Cardiff Young Researchers Initiative (Project led by Emma Renold, Cardiff University)

This was a project that sought to explore the production and reproduction of gender and sexual relations in the primary school context. I worked as a research assistant on the project, generating data with children and young people from three different schools (See: Renold and Allan 2006).

Research networks

- Co-organiser of the British Educational Research Association Sexualities SIG

- Member of the Gender and Education Association Executive Committee

Research grants

  • 2008 ESRC
    ESRC Small Grant RES-000-22-2944
  • 2006 ESRC
    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship PTA-026-27-1260

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Allan AJ, Tinkler P (2015). 'Seeing' into the past and 'looking' forward to the future: visual methods and gender and education research. Gender and Education, 27, 776-790. Abstract.  Full text.
Allan AJ, Tinkler P (2015). Taking Stock: a Framework. Gender and Education, 27(7), 733-743. Abstract.  Full text.
Charles C, Allan A (2013). Cosmo Girls: New Configurations of Class and Femininity in Elite Educational Settings. British Journal of Sociology of Education, iFirst
Allan AJ, Charles C (2013). Preparing for life in the global village: producing global citizen subjects in UK schools. Research Papers in Education, iFirst
Allan AJ (2010). Picturing success: young femininities and the (im)possibilities of academic achievement in selective, single-sex schooling. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 20(1), 39-54. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2009). The importance of being a 'lady': hyper-femininity and heterosexuality in the private, single-sex primary school. Gender and Education, 21(2), 145-158. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Allan AJ (2018). Using the Once Familiar to Make the Familiar Strange Once Again: Engaging with Historical Inquiry and Autobiography in Contemporary Ethnographic Research. Qualitative Research Full text.
Allan AJ, Tinkler P (2015). 'Seeing' into the past and 'looking' forward to the future: visual methods and gender and education research. Gender and Education, 27, 776-790. Abstract.  Full text.
Allan AJ, Tinkler P (2015). Taking Stock: a Framework. Gender and Education, 27(7), 733-743. Abstract.  Full text.
Charles C, Allan A (2013). Cosmo Girls: New Configurations of Class and Femininity in Elite Educational Settings. British Journal of Sociology of Education, iFirst
Allan A (2013). Power, participation and privilege: methodological lessons from a project with elite young people. Sociological Research Online Abstract.
Allan AJ, Charles C (2013). Preparing for life in the global village: producing global citizen subjects in UK schools. Research Papers in Education, iFirst
Allan AJ (2010). Picturing success: young femininities and the (im)possibilities of academic achievement in selective, single-sex schooling. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 20(1), 39-54. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2009). The importance of being a 'lady': hyper-femininity and heterosexuality in the private, single-sex primary school. Gender and Education, 21(2), 145-158. Abstract.
Allan AJ, De Palma R, Atkinson E, Brace E, Hemingway J (2008). Speaking the unspeakable in forbidden places: addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the primary school. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 8(3), 315-328. Abstract.
Allan AJ, Renold E (2006). Bright and beautiful: High achieving girls, ambivalent femininities and the feminisation of success in the primary school. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 27(4), 457-473. Abstract.
Allan AJ, Lester C (2006). Teen sexual health needs: asking the consumers. Health Education, 106(4), 315-328.

Chapters

Allan AJ (2016). A Monster Lurking in the Shadows? One Researcher’s Crisis of Representing Class and Gender. In  (Ed) Gender Identity and Research Relationships, Emerald, 65-83.  Abstract.  Full text.
Allan AJ (2014). The Importance of Being a ‘Lady’: Hyper‐femininity and Heterosexuality in the Private, Single‐sex Primary School. In  (Ed) Approaches to Fieldwork, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, Sage Publications.
Allan A (2011). Doing ethnography and using visual methods. In Bradford S, Cullen F (Eds.) Research Methods for Youth Practitioners, Routledge. Abstract.
Allan A (2011). Feminism and Qualitative Educational Research. In Delamont S (Ed) Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education.
Allan AJ (2009). Rebels’, ‘bad girls’ and ‘misbehavers’: exploring underachievement in the selective primary school. In Jackson, C, Renold, E, Paechter, C (Eds.) Girls and Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas, Oxford: McGraw-Hill, 50-61.  Abstract.
Allan AJ, Atkinson E, De Palma R, Brace E, Hemingway J (2009). Speaking the unspeakable in forbidden places: researching approaches to sexualities equalities in the primary school. In De Palma R, Atkinson E (Eds.) Interrogating Heteronormativity in Primary Schools: the No Outsiders Project, Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2006). Using photographic diaries to research the gender and academic identities of young girls. In Walford G, Jeffrey B, Troman G (Eds.) Methodological Issues and Practices in Ethnography, Oxford: Elsevier, 19-36.  Abstract.

Conferences

Allan A, Charles C (2010). Cosmo girls: new configurations of class and femininity in elite educational settings. European Conference for Educational Research. 23rd - 27th Aug 2010. Abstract.
Allan A, Charles C (2010). Cosmo girls: new configurations of class and femininity in elite educational settings. Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association. 29th Jun - 2nd Jul 2010. Abstract.
Allan AJ, Charles C (2010). Facing the interface between cultural studies and the sociology of education. Australian Association of Educational Researcher's Conference. 28th Nov - 2nd Dec 2010.
Allan A (2010). Power, participation and privilege: methodological lessons from a project with elite young people. British Sociological Association - Youth 2010: Identities, Transitions, Cultures. 6th - 8th Jul 2010. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2009). Private education, risk and the protected social worlds of upper-middle class girls. Gender and Education. 24th - 27th Mar 2009. Abstract.
Allan AJ, Renold E, Ross N (2008). Look at the state of me!”: Researching and representing everyday identities and relationship cultures in participatory research with young people in care. Vital Signs: Researching Real Life. 9th - 11th Sep 2008.
Allan AJ, Cullen F (2008). Picturing innocence? Innocent pictures?: Representation and the use of self-directed photography in studies of children and young people’s cultural worlds. Advancing the use of visual methods in research on children’s cultures. 16th - 16th Apr 2008. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2008). Snapshots of subjectivities: using photographic methods in identity research with young children. Childhood and Youth: Choice and Participation International Conference. 4th - 6th Jul 2008. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2008). Sporting success? Young girls negotiating the (im)possibilities of physical education and active girlhood. British Educational Research Association. 3rd - 6th Sep 2008. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2008). Struggling for success: young femininities and the (im)possibilities of academic achievement. Australian Educational Research Association. 28th Nov - 4th Dec 2008. Abstract.
Allan AJ, Maxwell C (2008). Young, posh and privileged?: young girls negotiating class and gender through the years in private schooling’. Sexuality, schooling and schizoid agendas: BERA Sexualities SIG One-day conference event. 30th - 30th Oct 2008.
Allan AJ (2008). ‘Analyse that!’ – Engaging young girls in data analysis and interpretation. Childhood and Youth: Choice and Participation International Conference. 4th - 6th Jul 2008. Abstract.

Publications by year


2018

Allan AJ (2018). Using the Once Familiar to Make the Familiar Strange Once Again: Engaging with Historical Inquiry and Autobiography in Contemporary Ethnographic Research. Qualitative Research Full text.

2016

Allan AJ (2016). A Monster Lurking in the Shadows? One Researcher’s Crisis of Representing Class and Gender. In  (Ed) Gender Identity and Research Relationships, Emerald, 65-83.  Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Allan AJ, Tinkler P (2015). 'Seeing' into the past and 'looking' forward to the future: visual methods and gender and education research. Gender and Education, 27, 776-790. Abstract.  Full text.
Allan AJ, Tinkler P (2015). Taking Stock: a Framework. Gender and Education, 27(7), 733-743. Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Allan AJ (2014). The Importance of Being a ‘Lady’: Hyper‐femininity and Heterosexuality in the Private, Single‐sex Primary School. In  (Ed) Approaches to Fieldwork, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, Sage Publications.

2013

Charles C, Allan A (2013). Cosmo Girls: New Configurations of Class and Femininity in Elite Educational Settings. British Journal of Sociology of Education, iFirst
Allan A (2013). Power, participation and privilege: methodological lessons from a project with elite young people. Sociological Research Online Abstract.
Allan AJ, Charles C (2013). Preparing for life in the global village: producing global citizen subjects in UK schools. Research Papers in Education, iFirst

2011

Allan A (2011). Doing ethnography and using visual methods. In Bradford S, Cullen F (Eds.) Research Methods for Youth Practitioners, Routledge. Abstract.
Allan A (2011). Feminism and Qualitative Educational Research. In Delamont S (Ed) Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education.

2010

Allan A, Charles C (2010). Cosmo girls: new configurations of class and femininity in elite educational settings. European Conference for Educational Research. 23rd - 27th Aug 2010. Abstract.
Allan A, Charles C (2010). Cosmo girls: new configurations of class and femininity in elite educational settings. Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association. 29th Jun - 2nd Jul 2010. Abstract.
Allan AJ, Charles C (2010). Facing the interface between cultural studies and the sociology of education. Australian Association of Educational Researcher's Conference. 28th Nov - 2nd Dec 2010.
Allan AJ (2010). Picturing success: young femininities and the (im)possibilities of academic achievement in selective, single-sex schooling. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 20(1), 39-54. Abstract.
Allan A (2010). Power, participation and privilege: methodological lessons from a project with elite young people. British Sociological Association - Youth 2010: Identities, Transitions, Cultures. 6th - 8th Jul 2010. Abstract.

2009

Allan AJ (2009). Private education, risk and the protected social worlds of upper-middle class girls. Gender and Education. 24th - 27th Mar 2009. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2009). Rebels’, ‘bad girls’ and ‘misbehavers’: exploring underachievement in the selective primary school. In Jackson, C, Renold, E, Paechter, C (Eds.) Girls and Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas, Oxford: McGraw-Hill, 50-61.  Abstract.
Allan AJ, Atkinson E, De Palma R, Brace E, Hemingway J (2009). Speaking the unspeakable in forbidden places: researching approaches to sexualities equalities in the primary school. In De Palma R, Atkinson E (Eds.) Interrogating Heteronormativity in Primary Schools: the No Outsiders Project, Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2009). The importance of being a 'lady': hyper-femininity and heterosexuality in the private, single-sex primary school. Gender and Education, 21(2), 145-158. Abstract.

2008

Allan AJ, Renold E, Ross N (2008). Look at the state of me!”: Researching and representing everyday identities and relationship cultures in participatory research with young people in care. Vital Signs: Researching Real Life. 9th - 11th Sep 2008.
Allan AJ, Cullen F (2008). Picturing innocence? Innocent pictures?: Representation and the use of self-directed photography in studies of children and young people’s cultural worlds. Advancing the use of visual methods in research on children’s cultures. 16th - 16th Apr 2008. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2008). Snapshots of subjectivities: using photographic methods in identity research with young children. Childhood and Youth: Choice and Participation International Conference. 4th - 6th Jul 2008. Abstract.
Allan AJ, De Palma R, Atkinson E, Brace E, Hemingway J (2008). Speaking the unspeakable in forbidden places: addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the primary school. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 8(3), 315-328. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2008). Sporting success? Young girls negotiating the (im)possibilities of physical education and active girlhood. British Educational Research Association. 3rd - 6th Sep 2008. Abstract.
Allan AJ (2008). Struggling for success: young femininities and the (im)possibilities of academic achievement. Australian Educational Research Association. 28th Nov - 4th Dec 2008. Abstract.
Allan AJ, Maxwell C (2008). Young, posh and privileged?: young girls negotiating class and gender through the years in private schooling’. Sexuality, schooling and schizoid agendas: BERA Sexualities SIG One-day conference event. 30th - 30th Oct 2008.
Allan AJ (2008). ‘Analyse that!’ – Engaging young girls in data analysis and interpretation. Childhood and Youth: Choice and Participation International Conference. 4th - 6th Jul 2008. Abstract.

2006

Allan AJ, Renold E (2006). Bright and beautiful: High achieving girls, ambivalent femininities and the feminisation of success in the primary school. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 27(4), 457-473. Abstract.
Allan AJ, Lester C (2006). Teen sexual health needs: asking the consumers. Health Education, 106(4), 315-328.
Allan AJ (2006). Using photographic diaries to research the gender and academic identities of young girls. In Walford G, Jeffrey B, Troman G (Eds.) Methodological Issues and Practices in Ethnography, Oxford: Elsevier, 19-36.  Abstract.

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Teaching

- Social and Educational Enquiry (Level One, Two and Three - course co-ordinator for all undergraduate research methods modules)

- Learning From Experience (Undergraduate, Level Three)

- Gender Issues (Undergraduate, Level Two and Three)

- Childhood and Youth: Policies and Practice (Undergraduate, Level One)

- Communicating Educational Research (Masters Level)

- Interpretive Methodologies (Masters Level)

- EdD generic route (Postgraduate Level)

- DEdPsych (Postgraduate Level)

- MEd (Postgraduate Level)

- PGCE Professional Studies (Postgraduate Level)

Modules

2018/19


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Caroline Christie
  • Sarah Cole
  • Sooyeon Yim

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