Roberta Keys

Doctoral Researcher

www.birmingham.ac.uk/roberta-keys

Roberta KeysCurrent Status

Part Time

Research Topic

Teachers Perceptions for Economics; a gendered subject?

Research Summary

Roberta’s research aims to answer some of the unresolved questions relating to the subject of Economics and differences in male and female participation rates and subject choices at A Level across the UK and to what extent these differences are caused by differences gender – looking at the A Level subject of Economics. It also aims to try and broaden this concept of gender away from merely a biological or sex related issue in the world of education. More precisely, Roberta is looking at the makeup of the issue of gender itself, investigating these differences in participation rates from a socially constructed viewpoint of gender rather than simply the sex of the students. These differences should help us attempt to answer the questions regarding the subject of Economics; is it a gendered subject? If so, why, to what extent, so what? Who is an Economics teacher? Does it matter that more boys take Economics as an A Level choice than girls? All of this shall be conducted from a teacher’s perspective. This qualitative work is using an interpretivist paradigm. 

Research Questions:     

  1. What are the career trajectories of Economics A-Level teachers and can gendered differences in these trajectories be discerned?
  2. How do Economics A-Level teachers account for gender differences in participation rates in Economics?
  3. To what extent do Economics teachers perceive the skills and knowledge required for studying Economics A-level in gendered terms?
  4. To what extent is Economics A-Level promoted as a gendered subject?
  5. What, if any, gendered assumptions exist in relation to the subject of Economics

Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Subject Choice

Research Supervisor

Dr Marion Bowl

Funding

Self Funded

Academic qualifications

2012-present   PhD, School of Education, University of Birmingham
2010-2012       M.Ed, School of Education, University of Worcester
2009-2010       PGCE Economics, School of Education, University of Worcester
2008-2009       MA Land Economy, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
1999-2002       BA Land Economy, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge 

Membership of Research and Professional Organizations

Member of the Economics and Business Enterprise Association [EBEA]
Member of Royal Economics Society (RES)
IBIS International Baccalaureate - Economics Curriculum Review Consultant
Part Time Student at University of Birmingham (UoB), School of Education
Governor at Heathfield School, Worcestershire
Visiting lecturer at University of Worcester (School of Education)

Publications

Keys, R.H. (2017) No hands up – The use of Questioning in Economics Classrooms, UKEd Magazine

Keys, R. H. (2016) Congestion in Paris? How can banning cars with even registration plates from entering the centre of Paris help reduce market failure? Group 3 - IB Diploma Economics, IB Review Magazine, Volume 1, Number 3

Keys, R. H (2015) Taxes and Sustainability in Aviation - Transport Economics, Teaching Business and Economics, Volume 19, No 1

Keys, R. H. (2014) The Secrets of an 8 mark IB question, Teaching Business and Economics, Volume 18, No 3

Keys, R. H. (2014) Paralysis of analysis, Teaching Business and Economics, Volume 18, No. 2

Keys, R. H. (2014) Book Review ‘23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism’ by Ha-Joon Chang, Teaching Business and Economics, Volume 18, No. 1

Keys, R. H. (2013) Book Review ‘IB Economics 3rd Edition, Higher Level’ by Stephen Holroyd, Teaching Business and Economics, Volume 17, No 1

Keys, R. H. (2012) Book Review ‘Teaching as a Design Science: Building Pedagogical Patterns for Learning and Technology’ by Diana Laurillard, Teaching Business and Economics, Vol.16, No. 3

Keys, R. H. (2012) Budgeting - a Group Task Exercise for ASIA2 Business, Teaching Business and Economics, Volume 16, No. 3

Keys, R. H (2012) Water, water everywhere, Teaching Business and Economics, Volume 16, No. 2

Keys, R. H. (2012 Two sides to every story - a class debate about Relocation Teaching Business and Economics , Volume 16, No. 1

Keys, R. H (2012) Advising on legal structure, Teaching Business and Economics, Volume 16, No. 1

Keys, R. H (2012) Book Review ‘Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure’ by Tim Harford, Teaching Business and Economics, Volume 16, No. 1

Keys, R. H. (2011) 30 websites I can’t live without, Teaching Business and Economics, Vol. 15, No. 3

Keys, R. H. (2011) Book Review ‘Economics for Standard and Higher Level’ by Jonathan Mace, Teaching Business and Economics, Volume 15, No. 2

Keys, R. H (2010) International Baccalaureate verses A Level – a curriculum review, EBEA website 

Conferences

2016, Gordonstoun School, Growth Mind-set, (Whole School Inset)
2016, Gordonstoun School, Using i-sams, Report Writing and meeting parents (Whole School Inset)
2016, Gordonstoun School, Who needs an appraisal anyway? , (Whole School Inset)
2016, Gordonstoun School, Using twitter for teaching and learning, (Whole School Inset)
2016, Teach Meet, University of Worcester, Report Writing
2016, Hodder Education, How to get an A* in Economics, Philip Allan, CPD workshop, London
2015, Teach Meet, Blooms taxonomy and skills of conditional, balanced judgement, University of Worcester
2015, Bromsgrove School, Using twitter for teaching and learning, (GTP, NQT and PGCE Inset)
2015, Bromsgrove School, Report writing - using a sandwich (Inset)
2015, Philip Allan CPD, New to teaching Economics, CPD workshop, London
2015, Bromsgrove School, The notion of rationality, Lecture week
2015, Harrow School, London, Easter Revision Course, Revising AS Economics
2014, University of Worcester, How to complete a Master’s in Education dissertation
2014, Teach Meet, University of Worcester, Using twitter for teaching and learning in Economics
2014, Bromsgrove School, Education of Economics (Gender Disparities and Subject Choice in UK HEI’s)
2014, University of Worcester Postgraduate Forum, Gender Disparities in Economics
2013, EBEA Annual Conference, Fiscal Policy - A Debate
2012, University of Worcester, Q&A on Educational Research Methods
2011, Tutor2u Economics revision lecture - Fiscal Policy
2011, KES Birmingham, How to survive the NQT Year
2011, BBC Learning Zone, Effective policy solutions to controlling inflation
2010, University of Worcester, How to write and deliver a scheme of work 

Economics Examiner            

CIE Macro (Singapore A Level) Economics
AQA Unit 4 Global Economics
OCR A2 Economics F584 Transport Economics
OCR AS Economics F581 Microeconomics
OCR AS Economics F582 Macroeconomics
International Baccalaureate Higher Level Paper 2 (Data Response)
International Baccalaureate Extended Essay (Economics)
International Baccalaureate Standard Level Paper 1 (Micro and Macro)

Background Information

Roberta started her academic career at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge with an undergraduate degree in Land Economy and subsequent MA. Prior to working in the education sector, she worked in Global Markets with Bank of Ireland and has previously held the position of Chartered Surveyor for DTZ.  She changed her career from finance to education and completed a PGCE in Economics at the University of Worcester. Roberta enjoys writing education related articles and completing book reviews for the Economics and Business Enterprise Association and IB Review Magazine. Similarly she blogs for Tutor2u regarding Economics Education. In 2013 she published her dissertation from the University of Worcester’s School of Education with a Master’s in Education, where she was focusing on Gender Disparities in Economics. It is this interest in gender and education, combining both with her passion for her subject; Economics - that intrigues Roberta and she is now utilising her knowledge of education and her financial background to commence her post-doctoral work at the University of Birmingham. Roberta occasionally lectures to EBEA delegates at Conferences, similarly she occasionally lectures to PGCE students and Masters Students at the University of Worcester on topics such as learning theory, assessment and research methods.  She is currently the Deputy Head of an Independent School in Scotland, formerly a Head Department (Economics) in a large independent school in the Worcestershire.  

Contact Details

Email: robertakeys@hotmail.com 

Email: RXK271@student.bham.ac.uk

Twitter@Keysonomics