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Harper, Tara


  • Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship), Education
  • United Kingdom

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Tara Harper is a Lecturer in Education in the School of Education and Social Work.

She began her career as a secondary mathematics teacher in the Borders in 1992 and has also taught mathematics in Fife and Clackmannanshire. After a period of time working as a Mathematics Development Officer in Clackmannanshire, she re-trained as a primary teacher and has taught in the primary sector ever since. She has had a variety of roles including Class Teacher, Principal Teacher, Depute Head Teacher and latterly Head Teacher in Perth and Kinross. She joined the University as a permanent member of staff, teaching mathematics education on primary and secondary teacher education programmes in February 2015.

Tara completed her Masters in Professional Enquiry: School Leadership and Management in 2013 with the final dissertation titled 'Evaluating Professional Learning'. 

Research interests

  • Developing 'intriguing' learning and teaching in mathematics education
  • How primary and secondary colleagues can learn from one another and provide a progressive, coherent transition between primary and secondary mathematics education
  • Co-operative learning in mathematics teaching

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University of Stirling

Award Date: 10 Jun 2013

External positions

External Examiner , University of the Highlands and Islands

1 Sep 202031 Aug 2024

External Examiner, University of Glasgow

31 Aug 2018 → …

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

1 Sep 2017 → …


  • L Education (General)
  • Mathematics Education

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Research Output

  • 1 Other chapter contribution

2D shape and 3D objects and Angles, Symmetry and Transformation

Harper, T. & Lapere, L., Dec 2019, Primary Maths for Scotland: Second Level Teacher Guide : For Curriculum for Excellence Primary Maths. (Primary Maths for Scotland).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution


University of the Highlands and Islands

Tara Harper (Member)

Mar 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Scottish Mathematical Council Conference

Tara Harper (Speaker)

7 Mar 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

It's a way not the way!

Tara Harper (Speaker)

12 Feb 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture

Scottish Primary Teachers Online learning Professional Learning Community

Richard Holme (Organiser), & Tara Harper (Organiser)

Apr 2020 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOther event

Scottish Mathematical Council (Event)

Tara Harper (Member)

31 Jan 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of council