Rachel Maunder

Rachel Maunder
The University of Northampton | UN · Psychology

BSc (hons), PhD, PG Cert LTHE, PG Cert RDS

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Introduction
I am an Associate Professor, specialising in the Psychology of Education (http://www.northampton.ac.uk/directories/people/rachel-maunder). My research interests are school bullying, children's peer relationships, and staff-student partnerships in Higher Education. I coordinate the URB@N scheme at Northampton (http://www.northampton.ac.uk/urban).
Additional affiliations
September 2008 - present
The University of Northampton
Description
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
September 2004 - September 2008
The University of Warwick
Position
  • Academic development
September 2000 - September 2004
Liverpool John Moores University
Education
September 2000 - January 2005
Liverpool John Moores University
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (55)
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Aim: This paper aims to discuss the link between childhood trauma and young people’s disruptive behaviour in the classroom, and argues that teachers should receive training on ‘attachment aware’ approaches to help them respond effectively. Rationale: Two inter-connected problems affecting the UK education system are the number of young people who...
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The international interest in students as partners reflects the desire to involve students as active participants in higher education. Partnership working offers numerous beneficial outcomes but can be challenging to negotiate. Therefore, this study aimed to explore how student–staff partnerships in pedagogic research were interpreted and enacted....
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This small-scale study investigated the impact of training teachers on early attachment and adolescent neuroscience. The aim was to assess change in empathy pre and post training. Forty secondary school teachers in England completed the Empathy Components Questionnaire before and after Attachment Awareness training, showing small but non-significan...
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Children's friendships are important for well‐being and school adjustment, but few studies have examined multiple indices of friendships together in middle childhood. The current study surveyed 7‐ to 11‐year‐olds (n = 314) about their friendships, best friendships, friendship quality and indices of self‐worth, identification with peers, and identif...
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The workshop aims to explore strategies to engage students with ABL. A key feature of ABL is the expectation for students to undertake work outside of class, and be actively involved in face to face and online learning. Despite a wealth of pedagogical theory and research supporting this approach, anxieties about student non-engagement remain. Durin...
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The aim of the workshop is for staff to learn about ways to help their students prepare for ABL as part of the university’s ‘new normal’ learning and teaching approach. This workshop forms part of the ILT funded Enhancement and Innovation project ‘Increasing student understanding of Active Blended Learning’. The project involves designing and deliv...
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School bullying is an important concern. Whilst there is growing knowledge about the nature, extent and effects of school bullying, areas of complexity in research findings remain. In this paper we develop our thinking on school bullying using a sociocultural theoretical framework. We review existing literature around three main themes: 1) The conc...
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Whilst new friendships and an active social life are commonly discussed features of ‘being a student’, there is limited empirical research that has quantitatively studied the contribution that social factors play in students’ university experience. Research that has been conducted shows that belonging and social integration are important factors in...
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This brief report describes a small scale qualitative interview study with primary school teachers in England, investigating their perceptions of bullying and strategies to prevent and manage it. Findings showed that much intervention work was situationally dependent, with teachers making subtle judgements about when and how to intervene. Preventio...
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This case study presents a discussion of an institutional bursary scheme (called URB@N), in which students work in partnership with staff on learning and teaching research projects. The collation of evaluative evidence over several years (via student reflective accounts, annual feedback surveys from staff and students, observations and reflections...
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Bullying can occur within friendship groups but may be less likely to be identified as ‘bullying’. This paper reports initial findings from research examining positive and negative elements of children’s friendships, and their link to well-being. Primary school children (aged 9-11 yrs) completed questionnaires assessing global self-worth, school be...
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Peer relationships are important for children’s social development, with good quality friendships linked to well-being and school belonging (Hamm & Faircloth, 2005). Children who have problematic peer relationships (e.g. bullying), risk a range of negative outcomes, are more likely to dislike school and feel disconnected from classmates. Bullying i...
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We would like to welcome readers to this edition of Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education (ELEHE), and would like to thank all our authors and reviewers for their valuable contributions to the issue. The heart of this journal is the students' voice and learning experience, and how practitioners internationally are informed by these....
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This exploratory study presents a different approach to studying transition by involving students as researchers. The aim was to investigate how students talked about their experiences of transition in university. Nineteen first and second year undergraduate psychology students participated in focus groups and semi-structured interviews, conducted...
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This paper reports on the impact for students of an institutional scheme designed to involve undergraduate students in pedagogic research. Through Undergraduate Research Bursaries at Northampton, students are funded to work as researchers on pedagogic projects in partnership with academic staff. Drawing on data from a larger longitudinal mixed meth...
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We are very pleased to welcome readers to this edition of 'Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education' (ELEHE). The edition serves as a mini re-launch for the journal, with a new editorial team taking the helm. Dr John Butcher, the former editor who created the journal and developed it to its current style and format, has since taken on a...
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In this article we investigate how the content of children’s stories can provide insight into their cultural contexts. Informed by sociocultural theory, we use children’s narrative as a methodological tool for understanding the role of cultural influences in their construction of personal experiences and imaginary events. Twelve children in a year...
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In this paper we explore the supervision of Masters students undertaking qualitative research dissertations. Specifically, we present a model for theorising the nature of the supervisory relationship established with students who are relative newcomers to the qualitative research community. By drawing on reflections from our own practice and situat...
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Transitions have traditionally been characterised as forms of change. These may either be inner changes (new beliefs or developmental growth) or the physical move from one place to another (see Erikson, 1975), such as the move from primary to secondary school. This theoretical paper will argue that transition can be best understood using a sociocul...
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Background: How bullying is understood by members of the school community is important because differences in definitions could result in an inconsistent approach and affect the success of intervention work. Research evidence suggests that pupils and teachers may have different interpretations of what constitutes bullying. This evidence has, howeve...
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This article reports on an interview study investigating the experiences of academic acculturation (a process of mutual influence and enrichment with regard to academic practice) of a group of Chinese academic staff in two research‐intensive UK universities. Following a systematic content‐based analysis, three major themes emerged as salient, namel...
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There has been substantial research on school bullying and its effects on the children involved. Schools are required to have an anti-bullying policy, with strategies in place to prevent and deal effectively with bullying. Teachers and other school staff have a significant role to play in bullying intervention, however little research has explored...
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The notion of transition in higher education has received much attention and as a result many institutions have invested resource into induction to try and ease students’ adaptation to university study. Inherent in this action is the assumption that students experience a notable change when starting university which may be difficult for them. We kn...
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Theraplay is a structured approach to play therapy for children having difficulties forming attachments with their parents/guardians. Grounded in attachment theory, the method uses a controlled, directive approach whereby therapists guide parents and children through a series of activities designed to reflect interactions expected in healthy parent...
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Bullying is a widespread problem in schools and a vast amount of research has been conducted on the subject. In order to examine how members of the school community perceive bullying, self-report questionnaires were devised for completion by secondary school pupils from two year groups, teachers and support staff. The scenario-based questionnaires...
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Research has highlighted the importance of members of staff knowing their students and one way of achieving that is to ask them to predict students' responses to questions about the teaching process. To this end, student responses to open-ended questionnaires were content analysed to produce a questionnaire about factors that contribute to producti...
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This paper reports on a study funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in ‘Preparing for Academic Practice’ at the University of Oxford. The study investigated how international doctoral students and international academic staff experience the process of acculturation into UK academic practice. Semi-structured interviews were co...
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This workshop will complement the URB@N poster presentations which attendees at the conference will have been able to view at break and lunchtime. Accompanied by up to nine undergraduate bursary holders, the authors will explore with colleagues the story of URB@N. While the study skills literature recognises the kind of undergraduate dissertation m...
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Manga (Graphitised novels or ‘comics’) and anime (animation) are closely related mediums of a particular protean Japanese art form. Within Japanese culture, manga and anime are popular forms of entertainment intended for and tailored to diverse audiences varying along a number of fault lines such as gender and age. Given the breath of the target au...
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In this paper I will present findings from a project exploring students’ experience of transition in higher education which has revealed important insight into the role that transition might have on individuals’ ongoing personal development and self learning. Using a qualitative approach, a total of nineteen first and second year undergraduate psyc...
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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity that interferes with the individuals’ family and peer relationships and with their social, academic or occupational functioning. Due to the number of children affected and current educational policies around inclusion, mainstream teachers are...

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