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Barry Hymer

Personal details

Barry Hymer

Job title: Professor of Psychology in Education (part-time)

Job role: PhD supervision, research and scholarly writing, occasional teaching inputs


  • Doctorate in Educational Psychology (DEdPsy), University of Newcastle
  • MSc, University of Southampton
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge
  • BA Hons (1st class, cum laude), University of Port Elizabeth
  • BA, University of Cape Town
  • PGCE (with distinction), University of Southampton
  • Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society)

Email: barry.hymer@cumbria.ac.uk

Phone: 01524 590800 ext 2298

Campus: Lancaster (Room T12, Long Corridor)

Academic interests

  • Mindset theory
  • Talent and expertise development
  • Gifted education
  • Meta-study syntheses of influences on achievement
  • Achievement goal theory
  • Self-determination theory
  • Living theory action research
  • Philosophy for/with Children

Recent external roles

  • Consultant Editor for the SAGE journal, Gifted Education International
  • Examiner for PhD candidates at universities in the UK, Ireland and Australia
  • Director of the Osiris Mindset Programme
  • Member of and national trainer for the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education (SAPERE)
  • Consultant and presenter for Osiris Educational, working in the UK and abroad
  • Ambassador for the national charity, Potential Plus UK (formerly National Association for Gifted Children)

Research activity

Current projects

  • What are the effects of an introduction to mindset theory on student teachers’ self-knowledge and practice? (with Jon Tibke and Elizabeth Dawson)

  • How do classroom practitioners use mindset-themed action research studies in facilitated professional learning communities? (with trainers and teachers involved in the Osiris Mindset Programme)

  • A cross-cultural study of identified able students’ experiences of school (with researchers in the USA, South Korea, France, Ireland and Turkey)

Selected outputs

  • Boyd, P., Hymer, B. & Lockney, K. (2015, in press); Learning Teaching: becoming an inspirational teacher. St Albans: Critical Publishing.

  • Hymer, B., Watkins, C., Dawson, E. & Buxton, R. (2015); Embedded voices: Building a non-learning culture within a learning enrichment programme. Gifted Education International, 31 (1), 5-24

  • Hymer, B. & Gershon, M. (2014); Growth Mindset Pocketbook. Alresford: Teachers’ Pocketbooks

  • Hymer, B.J. & Dracup, T. (2014); Constructing and deconstructing giftedness: A reflective conversation between Tim Dracup, architect of England’s national gifted and talented education programme from 1996-2009, and Barry Hymer, professor of psychology in education at the University of Cumbria, UK.  Gifted Education International, 30 (1), 5-23

  • Hymer, B. (2012); An act of GRACE?  What do contemporary understandings in psychology have to contribute to the future of gifted education?  Gifted Education International, 29 (2), 108-127

  • Michel, D & Hymer, B (2011); Dilemma Based Learning in Primary School; London: Optimus/Chris Kington

  • Hymer, B. (2011); From cohorts to capabilities: connecting the ‘G&T’ agenda in schools to an influential theory of economic development; G&T Update, Issue 90, pp 8-9

  • Balchin, T, Hymer, B & Matthews, D (eds.), (2009); The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education; London: Routledge-Falmer

  • Hymer, B, Whitehead, J & Huxtable, M (2009); Gifts, Talents & Education - A Living Theory Approach; London: John Wiley

  • Hymer, B. (2009); Beyond clever: an evolving new paradigm of giftedness; G&T Update, Issue 68

  • Hymer, B (2009); Gifted & Talented Pocketbook; Alresford: Teachers’ Pocketbooks

  • Hymer, B. (2009); Beyond compare?  Thoughts towards an inclusional, fluid and non-normative understanding of giftedness; in The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education (Balchin, Hymer & Matthews, eds.), Chapter 37, 2009

  • Hymer, B. (2009); Understanding and overcoming underachievement in boys.  Chapter 5 of Able Underachievers, edited by Diane Montgomery; Whurr (updated in the 2nd edition: Able, Gifted & Talented Underachievers, Wiley-Blackwell), 2009

  • Hymer, B. (ed.) (2007); Philosophy for Children – special double issue of the journal Gifted Education International, vol. 22, 2/3

  • Wood, P, Hymer, B & Michel, D (2007); Dilemma Based Learning in the Humanities – Integrating social, emotional and thinking skills; London: Optimus/Chris Kington

  • Hymer, B. (2006); Gifted and Talented? Time for a Rethink?; G&T Update, Issue 30, December 2005/January 2006, republished in Teaching Thinking & Creativity, issue 20

  • Davies, P., Hymer, B. & Lawson, H. (2005); Developing ‘learning to learn’ skills through experiential challenges; Gifted Education International, 20 (1)

  • Hymer, B with Michel, D. (2002); Gifted & Talented Learners – Creating a policy for inclusion; London: NACE/David Fulton