Harper, Tara



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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 and education
  • Co-operative learning in mathematics teaching

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Evaluating Professional Learning and Professional Learning Through Coaching and Mentoring , University of Stirling

Award Date: 10 Jun 2013

External positions

External Examiner , University of the Highlands and Islands

1 Sept 202031 Aug 2024

External Examiner, University of Glasgow

31 Aug 2018 → …

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

1 Sept 2017 → …


  • L Education (General)
  • Mathematics Education


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