Research Staff Interests

Prof Rachel  Holmes

Biography

Rachel Holmes has been a teacher for 19 years, working across the fields of early years, Key Stage 1, further and more latterly higher education. She currently works in the Educational and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University as a Professor within the Centre for Children, Young People and Community.

Research Interests

Her research interests lie across the interstices of applied educational research, social science research and arts-based research within cultures of childhood. Her interests are located around notions of 'childhood territories' such as ways childhood becomes imag(in)ed through fictional, documentary and ethnographic film; children's child(self)hood, identities and objects and ways to (left)field childhood via opening up off-centre research methodologies.

Research Groups

Children, Young People and Community

Research Projects

Chattering Nineteen to the Dozen (CND) (£20K, March-January 2013) An Action Research Project led by Liz Jones, Rachel Holmes and Helen Davenport in conjunction with three combined Bradford Early Years Children's Centres/Nursery Schools and three Bradford Primary Schools. The two main aims of the project were:

  • to establish the factors, variables and dynamics that predispose and encourage (some) children to talk and chatter both within the context of home communities and nursery school;
  • identify why it is that some children who have comparable cultural and socio economic backgrounds to other more fluent language speakers appear reluctant to chatter and talk as freely when in the nursery classroom.
The team produced a report and a film. Both the report and the film are carefully designed so as to enable staff development in relation to encouraging children's chatter.

Councils

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Seminar Series Award: Un-easy childhoods: innovating theory, practices and ethics through interdisciplinary research. Principal Investigator £18,000 (2010-2011)

ESRC Follow-on Funding Scheme Award: Addressing 'problem behaviour' in the early years: an innovative film resource. Principal Investigator £29,232 (2010-2011)

ESRC Grant Scheme Award: Becoming a Problem: How Children Acquire a Reputation as 'Naughty' in the Earliest Years at School 0.5fte Researcher (Principal Investigators Professor Maggie MacLure and Professor Liz Jones) £139,017 (2006-2008) Download a copy of this report here

Charities

Action for Children: Evaluation of the Mother and Baby Unit, HMP Styal Project Researcher £30,000 (2009-2010)
View the Executive Summary here
View the Briefing here

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and SureStart Fatherhood Project. Project Co-Director £19,649.96 (2009-10)

The Manchester Museum: Alchemy Enquire Project Co-Director £5,000 (2007-2008)

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation: consultancy to undertake strand 8/2 Primary Schools and Other Agencies Primary Review Research Briefing, Director Professor Robin Alexander, Cambridge University - Research Consultant £1,100 (2007-2008)

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation: Imaginative Journeys Project Director £36,500 (2006)

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation: The Lion's Story Project Director £19,400 (2004)

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation: Birth to Three Training Matters Project Research team member (2002-2006)

DfES/SureStart: Birth to Three Matters Project Core research team member (2001-2002)

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation: Playgroup Project - Comparative study of UK and Northern Ireland Research team member £319,500 (2001)

Books

Jones, L., Holmes, R. & Powell, J. (eds) (2005) Early Childhood Studies: a multiprofessional perspective Buckingham: Open University Press order here

Refereed Journal Articles

Holmes, R. (2016) My tongue on your theory: the bittersweet reminder of every-thing unnameable. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 37(5) Special issue 'Fabulous monsters: alternative discourses of childhood in education', guest editors, R. Holmes, L. Jones & M. MacLure

Holmes, R., Jones, L. and MacLure, M. (forthcoming, 2016) Fabulous monsters: alternative discourses of childhood in education. Lead editors of Special Issue of Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education, 37(5)

Holmes, R. (2014) Fresh Kills: The Spectacle of (De)Composing Data. Special Issue: 'Analysis After Coding in Qualitative Inquiry'. Guest co-editors Elizabeth St Pierre and Alicia Jackson, Qualitative Inquiry 20(6) pp 784-792

Jones, L., Osgood, J., Urban, M., Holmes, R. and MacLure, M. (2014) Eu(rope): (re)assembling, (re)casting and (re)aligning lines of de-and re-territorialisation of early childhood. Special Issue: 'International Critical Childhood Policy'. Guest co-editors Gaile Cannella and Kenya Wolff. International Review of Qualitative Research 7(1) Spring pp 58–79

Holmes, R. and Jones, L. (2013) Flesh, wax, horse skin and hair: the many intensities of data. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies Special Issue: Provocations: (Re)visioning data in qualitative research. Guest co-editors Mirka Koro-Ljungberg & Maggie MacLure

Holmes, R. (forthcoming 2013) Fresh Kills: to (de)compose data. Qualitative Inquiry Special Issue: Analysis After Coding. Guest co-editors Elizabeth St Pierre and Alicia Jackson

Holmes, R. (2012) A Fantastic decomposition: unsettling the fury of having to wait. Qualitative Inquiry 18(7) pp544-556 online here

Holmes, R. and Jones, L. (2012) Limit-less provocations of the 'safe', 'secure' and 'healthy' child. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education online here

Jones, L., MacLure, M., Holmes, R. and MacRae, C. (2011) Children and Objects: affection and infection. International Journal of Early Years online here

MacLure, M., Jones, L., Holmes, R. and MacRae, C. (2011) Becoming a Problem: Behaviour and reputation in the early years classroom. British Educational Research Journal online here

Holmes, R.(2010) Risky pleasures: using the work of graffiti writers to theorise the act of ethnography. Qualitative Inquiry 16(10) online here

Holmes, R.(2010) Cinemaethnographic specta(c)torship: discursive readings of what we choose to (dis)possess. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies 10(3) pp221- 237 online here

MacLure, M., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. and Jones, L. (2010) Silence as Resistance to Analysis: Or, on Not Opening One's Mouth Properly. Qualitative Inquiry 16(6) pp492-500 online here

Jones, L., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. and MacLure, M. (2010) Documenting Classroom Life: how can I write about what I am seeing? Qualitative Research 10(4) pp479-491 online here

MacLure, M., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. & Jones, L. (2010) Animating classroom ethnography, overcoming video-fear. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education Special Issue: Thinking with Deleuze in Qualitative Research online here

Holmes, R. (July-August 2009) Theatre of the Self: autobiography as performance. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 22 (4) pp399-416 online here

Holmes, R. (October 2007) East is East: using film to disrupt university classroom narratives around childhood and identity. Pedagogy, Culture and Society 15(3) pp367-384 online here

McCreery, E., Jones, L. and Holmes, R. (November 2007) Why do Muslim parents want Muslim schools?. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development vol 27 (3)p203 online here

Book Chapters

Holmes, R. & Jones, L. (forthcoming) Flickering, spilling and diffusing body/knowledge in the posthuman early years, in C. A. Taylor and C. Hughes (eds)(forthcoming) Posthuman Research Practices in Education Hampshire: Palgrave

MacLure, M., Holmes, R., Jones, L. & Macrae, C. (2015) Silence as resistance to analysis. Or, on not opening one's mouth properly, in A.M. Otterstad and A.B. Reinertsen (Eeds)(2015)Metodefestival og øyeblikksrealisme [Method-celebration/party and moments of realism] 1st Edition. Norway: Fagbokforlaget

Jones, L. and Holmes, R. (2014) Working with New Research Practices, in Brooker, L., Edwards, S. and Blaise, M. (eds) Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood Sage: London, pp 128-140

Jones, L. and Holmes, R. (2013) Working with New Research Practices, in SAGE Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood

Holmes, R. (2011) Performing Findings, in Delamont, S. (ed) Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education Edward Elgar

Jones, L., Holmes, R., MacLure, M. and MacRae, C. (2010) 'Improper' children, in Yelland, N. (ed) Contemporary Perspectives on Early Childhood Education Buckingham: Open University Press

Jones, L., Holmes, R., MacLure, M. and MacRae, C. (2010) Critical politics of play, in Cannella, G. and Soto, L.D. (eds) Childhoods: A Handbook Netherlands: Peter Lang

MacLure, M., Jones, L., Holmes, R. and MacRae, C. (2010) Childhood and the Construction of Critical Research Practices, in Cannella, G.and Soto, L.D. (eds) Childhoods: A Handbook Netherlands: Peter Lang

Holmes, R. (2006) Arty Farty Nonsense? Parents in the Art Gallery, in Abbott, L. and Langston, L. (eds) Parents Matter Buckingham: Open University Press, pp101-111

Holmes, R. (2005) Deconstructions and Reconstructions of Early Childhood, in Holmes, R., Jones, L. and Powell, J. (eds) Early Childhood Studies: a multi-professional perspective Buckingham: Open University Press, pp164-181

Holmes, R. (2005) Rights of the Child, in Holmes, R., Jones, L. and Powell, J. (eds) Early Childhood Studies: A multi-professional perspective Buckingham: Open University Press pp26-39

Holmes, R. and Barron, I. (2005) Aspects Matter, in Abbott, L. & Langston, A. (eds) Birth to Three Matters - supporting the framework of effective practice Buckingham: Open University Press pp15-30

Holmes, R. and Barron, I. (2005) Constructions of Early Childhood, in Holmes, R., Jones, L. and Powell, J. (eds) Early Childhood Studies: a multi-professional perspective Buckingham: Open University Press, pp151-163

Holmes, R., Jones, L., Barron, I. and Powell, J. (2005) Concluding Remarks, in Holmes, R., Jones, L. and Powell, J. (eds) Early Childhood Studies: a multi-professional perspective Buckingham: Open University Press pp204-214

Research Reports

Jones, L., Holmes, R. & van Gaalen, N. (2014) Evaluation of the Clore Art Studio: a continuous swirling line, vibrant colour and humble objects. Manchester Art Gallery

Holmes, R. (2013) Generating Alternative Discourses of Childhood as a Resource for Educational Policy Making. Impact Report to ESRC

Holmes, R., Jones, L., MacLure, M. and Browne K. (2010) HM Prison Service Styal Mother and Baby Unit: An appreciative inquiry. Action for Children.

MacLure, M., Jones, L., Holmes, R. and MacRae, C. (2008) Becoming a problem: how and why children acquire a reputation as 'naughty' in the Earliest Years at School. (RES-062-23-0105) ESRC

Jones, L., MacRae, C. & Holmes, R. (2008) Evaluation of the Alchemy Enquire Initiative. The Manchester Museum

Holmes, R., MacLure, M., Barron, I. and Runswick-Cole, K. (2007) Primary Schools and Other Agencies (Primary Review Research Survey 8/2) Cambridge, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education

Holmes, R. and Johnson, B. (2006) Imaginative journeys: evaluation of early years enablers work at Eureka! The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Holmes, R. and Sohel, J. (2004) The Lion's Story: an evaluation of young children in the art gallery. The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

David, T., Abbott, L., Barron, I., Holmes, R., Ackers, J. and Johnson, M. (2002) Birth to Three Matters: a literature review. DfES.

eSpace

link to eSpace publications

Keynote Addresses or Prestigious Public Lectures

Holmes, R. & Jones, L. (2014) 'Researching Assemblage of Methodologies at Work.' Invited speakers at methodology workshop at Oslo University College of Applied Science in collaboration with the Instiutt for Barnehage-lærerutdanning and Fakultet for Samfunnsfag (17th October)

Holmes, R. & Jones, L. (2014) 'The (de)composition of Data', invited keynote presentation at the University of Helsinki, Finland (3-5 April)

Holmes, R. & MacLure, M. (2014) 'Does Curiosity Matter?' Invited speaker at the Does Curiosity Matter seminar hosted by Post-Structural and Critical Thought Cluster at The University of Manchester (February)

Holmes, R. & Jones, L. (2013) 'The deadly serious business of play.' Keynote address to The Research Groups of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway (16th October)

Keynote to the 2010 ESRI Summer Institute in Qualitative Research: Putting Theory to Work (SIQR). Co-presented papers with Patricia Allmer, Liz Jones, Maggie MacLure and Christina MacRae, entitled Encounters with Art Theory
I also contributed to an exhibition of films of current project work.

Research-based Contributions to Practitioner and Academic Conferences

Holmes, R. & Jones, L. (2015) 'Flickering Alchemy: curating noisy transgenic empirical creatures', paper to be given as part of a symposium The monstrous sense-event: Becoming imperceptible with performance-based art at The Dark Precursor. International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research, Ghent, Belgium (9-11 November)

Holmes, R. & Jones, L. (2015) 'Flickering, spilling and diffusing gender/body/knowledge in the posthuman early years', paper given as part of a symposium Posthumanist approaches to reconfiguring gender and early childhood at GEA, Roehampton (June)

Holmes, R. (2014) 'My Tongue on Your Theory: Bittersweet 'quality' (in) research', paper given as part of symposium 'Going Beyond 'Quality' in Early Childhood Education' at the British Educational Research Association Conference, London

Holmes, R. & Jones, L. (2014) 'Cannibalising Data', as part of 'Reconceptualizing data sessions I and II' at the Tenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (21-26 May)

Holmes, R. & Jones, L. (2014) 'Putting affect into play: playing with affect', paper presented as part of symposium 'Playing with affective methodologies OR what (else) can affect do for qualitative inquiry', at the Tenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (21-26 May)

Urban, M., Jones, L., Maclure, M. Holmes, R., MacRae, C. and Osgood, J. (2012) 'Eu(rope): (Re)assembling, (Re)casting and (Re)aligning Lines of De-and Reterritorialisation of Early Childhood', paper given in Acknowledging the Neoliberal Assemblage (Year 2): Reports from an International Collaborative Using Critical Qualitative Research to Unmask Captialist/Emperialist Policy symposium at 8th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Illinois

Conference Papers

Jones, L. and Holmes, R. (2010) 'The discipline of objects' presented at the Object Lessons symposium, Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Illinois

MacLure, M., Holmes, R. and Jones, L. (2010) 'Ungrounded Theory and Unfounded Practice: Making a Nuisance of New Sense with Philosophies and Practices of Difference' pre-conference workshop, Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Illinois

Holmes, R. and Jones, L. (2010)'Framing childhood: disrupting mind sets, learning to stutter' presented at the European Early Childhood Education Association conference, Birmingham, UK

Holmes, R. and Jones, L. (2010) 'Limit-less Provocations of the "Safe", "Secure" and "Healthy" child' presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Denver, (May)

Jones, L. & MacRae, C. (2009) 'Inter-viewing a dance' presented to the Gender and Education Association Conference, University of London Institute of Education (March)

Jones, L. & MacLure, M. (2009) 'Dissimulation, Ruse and Perfidy: the veil of writing' presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego (April)

Holmes, R. (2009) 'Cinematic/Ethnographic Spectatorship: Caricatures and Deprivation' presented presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego (April)

Holmes, R. & MacLure, M. (2009) '(En)gendered impotencies and the (in)tolerant gaze' presented to the Gender and Education Association Conference, Institute of Education, London (March)

MacLure, M., Holmes, R., Jones, L. & MacRae, C. (2009) 'Video: Opening up Images of the Classroom' presented to the 5th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois (May)

MacLure, M. (2009) 'The offence of theory' presented to the Annual Meeting of the British Educational Research Association (Keynote Symposium), University of Manchester (September)

MacLure, M, & Holmes, R. (2009) 'Ungrounded theory and unfounded practice: making a nuisance of new sense with philosophies and practices of difference' Workshop presentation to the 5th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois (May)

Jones, L. & MacRae, C. (2008) 'Eccentric performances and disorderly conduct: the pathology of difference' presented to the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (September)

Holmes, R. & MacLure, M. (2008) 'Specta(c)ting children: using ethnographic film to interrogate and mobilize narratives of the child' presented to the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (September)

Holmes, R. and Naib, H. (2008) 'The Breathing TV' presented to the International Society for Education for Art (InSEA) World Congress Research Conference, Osaka, Japan

Holmes, R. (2008) 'Theatre of the self: subjectivity as performance' presented to the International Conference in Critical Psychology, Cultural Studies and Social Theory, Cardiff University, UK

Holmes, R., Jones, L., MacRae, C. and MacLure, M. (2007) 'What counts as evidence when examining notions of 'naughtiness': am I seeing what you are seeing?' presented to the International Congress of Qualitative Research, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Holmes, R., Jones, L., MacLure, M. and MacRae, C. (2007) 'Becoming a "problem": how children acquire a bad reputation in the earliest years at school' presented to the British Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, University of London Institute of Education

MacLure, M., Holmes, R., Jones, L. and MacRae, C. (2007) 'Silence and humour as resistance to analysis' presented to the Annual Meeting of the Americal Educational Research Association, Chicago

Holmes, R., Jones, L., MacLure, M. and MacRae, C. (2007) 'Pathologising difference: occupying non-conformity in an early years classroom' presented to the British Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, London

Jones, L., McCreery, E. and Holmes, R. (2007) 'Why do Muslim parents want Muslim schools?' presented to the 6th Discourse, Power and Resistance, Manchester Metropolitan University

McCreery, E., Jones, L. and Holmes, R. (2006) Faith Schools, Association of University Lecturers in Religion & Education (UK) 'Religion and Schools in the 21st Century - Challenges and Opportunities' at Stranmillis University College, Belfast

Holmes, R., Johnson, B. and Griffin, B. (2006) Imaginative Journeys Early Childhood European Educational Research Association, Iceland

Holmes, R. and Griffin, B. (2004) 'Young children in the Art Gallery' presented to the Early Childhood European Educational Research Association, Malta

Holmes, R. (2004) 'Creating Emotional Spaces for Young Children' FICE, Edinburgh

Symposia

'Provocations: Encounters between Art and Qualitative Inquiry' American Educational Research Association Conference, Denver USA, 2010

'Object Lessons' Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Illinois, May 2010

'The Complexities of Voice' European Early Childhood Education Association Conference, Birmingham, UK, September 2010

Symposia convened by the ESRC: 'Becoming a Problem: How Children Acquire a Reputation as "Naughty" in the Earliest Years at School' project team (Professor Maggie MacLure, Professor Liz Jones, Dr Rachel Holmes and Dr Christina MacRae)

'It's a Frame-up: Opening Up What it Means to Know the Child' Gender and Education Association Conference, 2009

'Framing the Child: Opening up Methodology in Early Childhood Research' Qualitative Research SIG, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2009

'Deconstructing Early Childhood Education' Keynote Symposium, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2008

Seminars

ESRC Seminar Series Award 2010-2011
Principal Organiser of 'Un-easy childhoods: innovating theory, practices and ethics through interdisciplinary research.'

Teaching Interests

Rachel teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Her teaching interests lie in qualitative research methods, children's rights and creative pedagogies.

Taught Courses

Masters of Research: Education and Society (MRes)
EdDoc
BA(Hons) Childhood Studies

Areas of Post-graduate Supervision

  • Young children's sense of belonging in the Foundation Stage
  • Emotional worlds of education professionals working in special schools
  • Teaching sculpture through multi-sensory approaches
  • Decontextualised learning & teaching in critical studies in secondary art & design education
  • Ways photographic imagery can reconstruct self and other(s) in terms of socio-political identity

Postgraduate Students Supervised

PhD Director of Studies:
David Alvarez-Hevia
Helen Scott

PhD 2nd Supervisor:
Christiana Matsoukari
Karen Browne
Mark Gilbert
Josi Gabi

EdDoc Phase 2:
Vicki Halliwell

MRes:
Nichola Hopkins
Saleh Golzar
Amanada Smith
Shirline Hall

Holmes

Position/Post: Professor of Cultural Studies of Childhood
Responsibilities: Programme Leader for the Masters in Research: Education and Society
Tel: 0161-247-2059
Email: r.holmes@mmu.ac.uk
Location: Brooks 1.06