Dr Susannah Smith

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

About

BEd (Honours), MA (Education), PhD

Role

Susannah is a senior lecturer in Primary Education (English) and teaches on the English modules of the PGCE, School Direct, BA PET and BA PTS programmes.

She also teaches on Professional Studies and Creativity modules, and is an Academic Advisor and a Link Tutor in schools. Susannah supervises dissertations at Masters and Doctoral level.

Experience

Susannah joined the University in September 2014. Prior to this, she worked at the University of Birmingham. Before moving into higher education, Susannah taught for seven years in primary schools in Birmingham and Northamptonshire.

Susannah is on the editorial board of The Journal of Reading, Writing and Literacy, is a reviewer for the British Journal of Religious Education, and is External examiner for Masters programmes at the University of Reading.

Interests

Susannah’s initial research interest was in early years education and she completed her Master’s thesis on teaching through play. More recently, her doctoral thesis focused on gender aspects of reading, specifically on young successful boy readers.

Susannah’s main research interest is the teaching and learning of English in the early years and primary school curriculum. Within this, her current areas of interest are:

  • How young children learn to read
  • Gender aspects of children’s reading
  • Successful boy readers
  • The links between reading and identity
  • Socio-cultural influences on children’s reading
  • Use of home language in the classroom
  • Children’s literature, particularly picture books
  • Multi-modal texts in English teaching
  • Encouraging children’s voices to be heard in research
  • Post-structural feminist discourse and methodologies

In addition to primary English, Susannah also has research interests in the (implicit and explicit) teaching of values and virtues in the primary school.

Publications

Articles in academic journals

2013  ‘From values to virtues: an investigation into the ethical content of English primary         school assemblies’, in British Journal of Religious Education, Volume 35, Issue 1

Available online at:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01416200.2011.649344

2006  ‘The reading behaviours of young successful boy readers in the classroom’, in The Journal of Reading, Writing and Literacy, Volume 1, Issue 1, April 2006

2004  ‘The non-fiction reading habits of young successful boy readers: forming connections between masculinity and reading’, in Literacy, Volume 38, Number 1, April 2004

1999  ‘An institutional report on partnership in the training of teachers’, in Bates, T. (Editor) The Development of Innovative Strategies of Cooperation Between Teacher Education Institutions and Educational Services Thematic Network of Teacher Education in Europe Journal, Volume 1, Number 1, December 1999 (co-authored with Hackett, G., Stanton, J., Woods, J. and Woods, R.)

Published electronically at http://tntee.umu.se/publications/journal1_1.html

Chapters in books

2000  ‘Children at Play’, chapter in Mills, J. and Mills, R. (Editors) (2000) Childhood Studies: A Reader in perspectives of childhood Routledge

Conference papers

2018  ‘Using Social Media to Support Trainee Teachers’ Knowledge and Understanding of Children’s Literature’. Paper given at the United Kingdom Literacy Association conference at the University of Cardiff

2017  ‘Using Social Media to Support the Learning Experience of Trainee Teachers’. Paper given at the Learning and Teaching conference at the University of Chichester

2005  ‘Learning from the reading behaviours of young successful boy readers in the

classroom’. Paper given at the United Kingdom Literacy Association conference, University of Bath

2003  ‘The non-fiction reading habits of young successful boy readers: forming           connections between masculinity and reading.’ Paper given at the United Kingdom Reading Association conference, Homerton College, Cambridge

1999  ‘An institutional report on partnership in the training of teachers.’ Paper given at the Thematic Network of Teacher Education in Europe conference, Lisbon

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Research

2013-2014  ‘Knightly Virtues’. Team member on this research project with colleagues from the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham

‘Monitoring the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies in Birmingham primary schools’. Team member on the literacy team for this research project with colleagues from University of Central England (now Birmingham City University)

Other department members

Francisco Melara Gutierrez
International Short Programme Unit Coordinator

Francisco is a Senior Lecturer who coordinates the International Provision in Education.

Dr Duncan Reavey
Professor of Environmental Education, National Teaching Fellow

Duncan is Principal Lecturer Learning and Teaching, working in both Adventure Education and the Institute of Education and promoting best practice in learning and teaching across the whole university.

Dr Julia Potter
Programme Coordinator PE and Sports Coaching Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

Julia is the Programme Coordinator for Physical Education and Sports Coaching, which sits within the Institute of Sport at the University of Chichester.

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