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Dr Sandra Leaton Gray
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
Tel: 02076126765
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

  • 2012- date Senior Lecturer in Education at the UCL Institute of Education, involved in postgraduate teaching, research, and international consultancy.
  • 2007-2012 University of East Anglia in 2007. Established and led the BA (Education).
  • 2006-2007 Researcher to the Director at the Institute of Education, University of London.
  • 2003-2006 Research Associate at the University of Cambridge in the Faculty of Education and the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies (CARET). 
  • 2003-2006 Director of Studies for the Sociology of Education at Homerton College, University of Cambridge for several years (P/T)
  • 1998-2003 Postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, including MPhil (Educational Research) and PhD (Education).
  • 1991-1998 Music teacher
  • 1990-1991 Professional soprano


Research Summary

My research interests include the sociology of technology and its impact on children and young people, including the role of Big Data and artificial intelligence. I am also interested in more general issues such as schooling within the knowledge economy.  I am a member of the Privacy Expert Group of the Biometrics Institute and co-author, with Professor Andy Phippen of Plymouth University,  of the book Invisibly blighted: the digital erosion of childhood (IOE Press, March 2017) and with Professor David Scott and Peeter Mehisto, Curriculum Reform in the European Schools: Towards a 21st Century Vision (Palgrave, March 2018)

I am Principal Investigator of a team of departmental colleagues carrying out commissioned research on international schooling issues and the scope for integration of curriculum, assessment, and accountability. Recent sponsors have included the EU, the International Baccalaureate Organisation and the BBC. 

From 2006 onwards, I have also been exploring the nature of teacher, student and pupil identity and how they reflect education and society. I am particularly interested in how teachers attempt to construct frameworks for professional practice whilst mediating the demands of the knowledge economy, and wrote about this in my book Teachers Under Siege (Trentham, 2005). I also publish work in the area of the sociology of time and education, with particular reference to technological changes.



Teaching Summary

MA (Education)
  1. Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (Module leader)
  2. What is Education?
  3. Understanding Research
  4. Dissertation module (Supervisor)
I also supervise research full and part-time students on the MPhil, EdD and PhD programmes.

If you would like to work on a PhD looking at the sociology of technology with regard to children or young people, artificial intelligence and education, or Big Data and education, I am currently considering applications from doctoral students in these areas. 

Appointments
01-DEC-2012 Senior Lecturer in Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2007 – 30-NOV-2012 Lecturer in Education Education and Lifelong Learning University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2006 – 31-AUG-2007 Researcher to the Director Directorate Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2003 – 31-AUG-2006 Research Associate Education University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2007 SFHEA ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow – Education  
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Education University of Cambridge
1999 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – Education University of Cambridge
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