Elizabeth taught history for 25 years in state secondary comprehensive schools, becoming Head of Department and Deputy Head of Years 10-11. Other responsibilities included Careers Education; co-ordinating Work Experience for Years 9, 10 and 12; establishing Education-Business links in North Hertfordshire and with BP; and teaching Academic Skills.
Elizabeth has academic interests in the history of education, secondary History, Middle Leadership, schemes of work and teacher-planning, Gadamerian hermeneutics, women’s education. She is currently undertaking private research into the experiences of the WAAF at home and abroad during the Second World War.
Elizabeth teaches, supervises and examines for the History of Education strand of the Education Tripos (all years), the Part II Educational Inclusion and Diversity paper, and the Part II Research and Investigation paper. She also teaches, supervises and examines for the Masters in Education (Researching Practice), an on-line blended learning course for teachers; supervises and examines for the Master of Studies in Advanced Subject Teaching (History) offered by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education; and teaches an on-line PPD course in Middle Leadership. Elizabeth is an Academic Skills Advisor for Homerton College, offering lectures and one-to-one supervisions on a variety of topics including personal organisation and time management; academic reading, note-taking, and essay writing; critical evaluation; dissertation skills; examination preparation and revision.
"A major yet under-estimated task": a Gadamerian study of Key Stage 3 schemes of work in History (2012).
Douglas, P., Donald, J., & Duignan, E. (1989) The School on the Hill : a history of the Hitchin Girls' (Grammar) School, 1889-1989.
Douglas, P. (1990) Do you Remember? A Pictorial History of the Hitchin Girls' (Grammar) School, 1889-1989. [Duignan, E.: contributor]