Dr Rebecca Hibbin

Research Associate - HEFCE

Research Overview

My research interests span a diverse and multi-disciplinary academic base including literacy, speaking and listening skills, socio-emotional functioning and wellbeing, and arts education, specifically in relation to collaborative learning and oral storytelling. I have recently been involved in a comparative research project with Dr Jo Warin at Lancaster University, examining the use and effectiveness of nurture groups in primary education for children with socio-emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. I am hoping to extend my PhD findings in relation to the association between expressive language difficulties and behavioural problems that were observed in some children, through post-doctoral research that examines the impact of language intervention on the behaviour and spoken ability of young people at risk of exclusion in school. My theoretical perspective is broadly informed by Critical Theory, Socio-cultural Theories of Learning, and Social Constructivism.

The psychosocial benefits of oral storytelling in school: developing identity and empathy through narrative
Hibbin, R.A. 1/10/2016 In: Pastoral Care in Education. 34, 4, p. 218-231. 14 p.
Journal article

Oral storytelling, speaking and listening and the hegemony of literacy: Non-instrumental language use and transactional talk in the primary classroom
Hibbin, R.A. 11/03/2016 In: Changing English. 23, 1, p. 52-64. 13 p.
Journal article

Nurture groups in practice: children; classes; schools
Warin, J., Hibbin, R.A. 03/2016 Lancaster : Nurture Group Network. 39 p.
Other report

A study of nurture groups as a window into school relationships
Warin, J., Hibbin, R.A. 4/01/2016 In: The International Journal of Nurture in Education. 2, p. 7-14. 8 p.
Journal article