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Mr Roger Harrison

Mr Roger Harrison

Senior Lecturer (Education)

The Open University Faculty of Education and Language Studies Department of Childhood, Youth and Sport


Roger Harrison is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education, in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies.


MA in Modern History, University of St Andrews,

Diploma in Community Education, University of Edinburgh.

Teaching Interests

Currently core member of the team developing the Foundation Degree in Working with Young People. Production Chair of E131 'Introduction to Working with Young People' and E132 'Leading Work with Young People'.  Earlier course development work at Masters and Undergraduate levels in professional development for those working in the post-compulsory sector of education.

Research Interests

Focus on lifelong learning, with particular emphasis on issues of policy, pedagogy and identity. Recent publications and conference papers on social theories of learning; informal learning; learning for professional development; learning and identity.

Current Research Projects

Learning for Leadership

Theory/practice relationship in professional development through foundation degree study.

 Becoming a professional in the childrens' workforce


Book Chapter
Harrison, Roger and Ord, Jon (2011). ‘Theories’ of youth work management. In: Ord, Jon ed. Critical Issues in Youth Work Management. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 30–42.
Harrison, Roger ; Clarke, Julia and Marashi, Mahnaz (2007). Formulating 'facts' about flexibility in Further Education. In: Thompson, Anne and Hillier, Yvonne eds. Readings in Post-compulsory Education. London, UK: Continuum, pp. 148–160.
Harrison, Roger (2004). Telling stories about learners and learning. In: Satterthwaite, J.; Atkinson, E. and Martin, W. eds. The Disciplining of Education: New languages of power and resistance. Discourse, Power and Resistance (2). Stoke on Trent, UK: Trentham, pp. 169–180.
Harrison, Roger ; Clarke, J; Edwards, R and Reeve, Fiona (2003). Power and resistance in further education: the discursive work of negotiating identities. In: Kydd, Lesley; Anderson, Lesley and Newton, Wendy eds. Leading people and teams in education. London: Sage Publications.
Harrison, Roger (2002). Learning for professional development. In: Kydd, Lesley; Anderson, Lesley and Newton, Wendy eds. Leading people and teams in Education. Leading and Managing for Effective Education. London, UK: Sage Publications Limited in association with The Open University, pp. 29–42.
Conference Item
Golding, Tyrrell ; Harrison, Roger and Harrison, Stephen (2012). Real lives, imagined futures: stories of participation and progression through the Open University professional qualification in youth work. In: Developing Internships and Work Based Learning Opportunities for Mature Students: Creating Opportunities and Raising Aspirations, 31st October 2012, Milton Keynes, UK.
Reeve, Fiona ; Curran, Sheila ; Harrison, Roger and Benjamin, Cathy (2010). Students’ responses to theory: An FD case study. In: SRHE Annual Research Conference 2010, 14-16 Dec 2010, Newport.
Clarke, Julia and Harrison, Roger (2001). Using CAQDAS* formulating 'facts' about flexibility in Further Education. In: Paper for Learning and Skills Research Network 5th Annual Conference, 01 Dec 2001, Milton Keynes, UK.
Journal Article
Nicoll, Kathy and Harrison, Roger (2003). Constructing the good teacher in Higher Education: the discursive work of standards. Studies in Continuing Education, 25(1), pp. 23–35.
Harrison, Roger ; Clarke, Julia; Reeve, Fiona and Edwards, Richard (2003). Doing Identity Work: fuzzy boundaries and flexibility in further education. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 8(1), pp. 93–106.
Edwards, Richard; Clarke, Julia; Harrison, Roger and Reeve, Fiona (2003). (Re)prezentacja badan nad calozciowym uczeniem sie. Terazniejszosc-Czlowiek-Edukacja, 21
Clarke, J.; Harrison, R. ; Reeve, F. and Edwards, R. (2002). Assembling spaces: the question of ‘place’ in further education. Discourse, 23(3), pp. 285–297.
Clarke, Julia; Harrison, Roger ; Reeve, Fiona and Edwards, Richard (2002). Why don’t you give the money back? Questions of accounting and accountability in three accounts of educational research. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 15(5), pp. 555–568.
Edwards, Richard; Clarke, Julia; Harrison, Roger and Reeve, Fiona (2002). Is there madness in the method? Representations of Research in Lifelong Learning. Adult Education Quarterly, 52(2), pp. 128–139.
Edwards, Richard; Clarke, Julia; Harrison, Roger and Reeve, Fiona (2001). Flexibility at work: a study of further education. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 53(3), pp. 373–390.
Harrison, Roger ; Edwards, Richard and Brown, Jonathan (2001). Crash test dummies or knowledgeable practitioners?: Evaluating the impact of professional development. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 29(2), pp. 199–211.