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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 Glasgow

31 Aug 2018 → …

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

1 Sep 2017 → …


  • L Education (General)
  • Mathematics Education

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Teaching Innovation Learning and Enhancement Network

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Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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Tayside Regional Improvement Collaborative Numeracy Conference

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Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition