Research Staff Interests

Dr Christina  MacRae

Biography

Christina started her professional career as an early years teacher in Nursery schools in London and Bristol. Alongside her teaching, she has an interest in art-making and has worked as artist in collaborative projects with young children in schools. She completed her PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University with supervision from Professor Liz Jones. Her doctoral work explored the way that space is produced in an early years classroom drawing on non-representational theories to think about the embodied and materials processes at play. Recently she has been a full time teacher in an inner city Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Bradford.

Research Interests

I am interested early childhood, and using sensory ethnography and arts-based methodologies to give more weight to materials, relationships, and embodied ways of knowing. I think critically about the ways that linear developmental models can limit ways we think about and respond to young children. Although this dominant model starts with the body of the infant as the location of sensory-motor knowledge, by placing the child-as-subject at the centre of agency and intentionality, it privileges a progression away from the body, towards the verbal and the reasonable. My interest is in exploring what we can learn by positively shifting our attention to the affective, material, and corporeal.

Research Groups

Children, young people and community

Theory, methodology and knowledge production

Research Projects

(2009-2010) Principal Investigator for Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Practice-Led Project: The secret life of objects: an artist residency in an early years classroom, Ref. No AH/H008403/1

(2007-2008) Research Assistant, Collaborative Action Research project funded by Manchester Museum with the Curatorial and Learning Teams at Manchester Museum, Bolton Museum, Art Gallery and Aquarium, and Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston

(2006-2008) Research Assistant, Economic and Social Research Council funded project, Becoming a Problem: How and Why Children Acquire a Reputation as ‘Naughty’ in the Earliest Years at School, Project Researcher with Maggie MacLure, Liz Jones, Rachel Holmes

(2006) Research Assistant, Eureka Project (Evaluating learning experiences of early years children in a children’s science museum, funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation)

(2003-4) Research Assistant, Young Children in the Art Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Manchester Metropolitan University

Refereed Journal Articles

MacRae, C. (2012) Encounters with a Life(less) Baby Doll: rethinking relations of agency through a collectively lived moment. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood 13(2) pp120-131

MacRae, C. (2011) Framing children through observation practices: using art theory to re-think ways of looking at children. Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology 1(1) pp34-48

MacRae, C. (2011) Making Payton's Rocket: Heterotopia and Lines of flight. International Journal for Art and Design Education 30(1)

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 38(3) pp447-471

MacLure, M., Holmes, R., Jones, L and MacRae, C. (2010) Silence as resistance to analysis: or, on not opening one's mouth properly in Qualitative Inquiry vol 16, no 6 pp492-500

MacLure, M., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. and Jones, L. (2010) Animating classroom ethnography: overcoming video-fear in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education pp1366-5898

Jones, L., MacRae, C., Holmes, R. and MacLure, M. (2010) Documenting classroom life: how can I write about what I am seeing? in Qualitative Research 10(4) pp479–491

MacRae, C., (2008) Representing space; Katie's horse and the recalcitrant object Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, vol 9,4

MacRae, C. (2007) Using sense to make sense of art; young children in art galleries Early Years: an International Journal of Research and Development, vol 27,2 pp159-170

Book Chapters

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

MacRae, C. (2013) 'Teacher, Researcher and Artist: Thinking About Documentary Practices' in Gail Boldt and Felicity McArdle (eds) Young Children, Pedagogy and the Arts: Ways of Seeing New York: Routledge

Frankham, J. and MacRae, C. (2011) 'Ethnography' in 2nd editon, (eds) Research Methods in the Social Sciences Sage

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

Jones, L., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. and MacLure, M. (2010) 'Critical politics of play' in Gaile S. Cannella Lourdes Diaz Soto (eds) Childhoods: A Handbook New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Rethinking Childhood Series

MacLure, M., Jones, L., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. (2010) 'Childhood and the Construction of Critical Research Practice' in Gaile S. Cannella Lourdes Diaz Soto (eds) Childhoods: A Handbook New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Rethinking Childhood Series

Research Reports

MacRae, C. (2011) The secret life of objects: an artist residency in an early years classroom. Arts and Humanities Research Council. Ref. No AH/H008403/1 Jones, L. MacRae, C. & Holmes, R. (2008) Evaluation of the Alchemy Enquire Initiative The Manchester Museum 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 Economic and Social Research Council

eSpace

link to eSpace publications

Journal & Book Series Editorships & Editorial Board Membership

Guest-editor of Practice ie; a practice oriented website for artists working in schools based in Ireland: http://www.practice.ie/editorHome/1701

Keynote Addresses or Prestigious Public Lectures

Holmes, R., Jones, L., MacLure, M. and MacRae, C. (2008) 'Eccentric performances and disorderly conduct: the pathology of difference.' Presented as part of a Key Note symposium at British Education Research Association Conference , Edinburgh

Research-based Contributions to Practitioner and Academic Conferences

MacRae. C. (2011) 'Putting Deleuze & Guattari to Work' presented at the Summer Institute in Qualitative Research, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

MacRae. C. (2011) 'The life(less) loveliness of a baby doll' presented at the 19th Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education Conference, University of East London, London

MacRae, C. (2011) 'Art practice as research; shifting paradigms in documentation practices' presented at the British Early Childhood Education Research Association inaugural conference, Birmingham

MacRae, C. (2010) '(Re)collecting a residency: The Secret Life of objects.' Presented at the International Journal for Art and Design Education Conference, Liverpool

MacRae, C. (2010) 'The secret life of objects: between things and words.' Presented at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, Birmingham

MacRae, C. (2010) 'Reflection on Practice: The Secret Life of Objects.' Presented at the British Educational Research Association Conference, Warwick

MacRae, C. (2009) 'Making Payton's Rocket: Heterotopia and Lines of Flight.' Presented at the British Educational Research Association Conference, at Manchester

MacRae, C. (2009) 'Junk models: heterotopia and lines of flight.' Presented at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, Strasbourg

MacRae, C. (2009) 'Framing Children: Looking at Observation.' Presented to the Annual Conference of the American Education Research Association, San Diego

Jones, L., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. and MacLure, M. (2007) 'What counts as evidence when observing "naughty children"?' 3rd Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Illinois Champaign Urbana State University

MacRae, C. (2007) 'Getting methods into perspective.' British Educational Research Association, Institute of Education, London

Holmes, R., Jones, L., MacLure, M and MacRae, C. (2007) 'Pathologising difference: occupying non-conformity in an early years classroom.' British Educational Research Association Conference,, Institute of Education

Holmes, R., Jones, L., MacRae, C. and MacLure, M. (2007) 'What counts as evidence when examining notions of naughtiness.' Presented to the 3rd International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

MacRae, C. (2005) 'Using Merleau-Ponty to rethink ways of knowing, with reference to young children's junk models.' Presented to the Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association, University of Glamorgan

Seminars

MacRae, C., Thomas, S. and Whitehead, S. (2010) 'Threads of Practice: Growing a Virtual network.' a workshop at Earlyarts International Unconference, Halifax

MacRae

Position/Post: Research Fellow
Tel: 0161-247-2261
Email: c.macrae@mmu.ac.uk
Location: Room 1.06, Brooks Building
Twitter: @ChristinaMacRae