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Dr Sam Duncan
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
  • Senior Lecturer
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am an adult literacy teacher, teacher educator and researcher with particular interests in adult reading development, community education, cinema and poetry in language teaching and reading circles. I am also interested in non-formal adult education, the use of literature in language learning, informal literacy learning across the life-course and when we, as adults, might choose to read something aloud rather than in silence.

I am currently the recipient of an AHRC Early Careers Research Fellowship for a project recording and analyzing contemporary adult reading aloud practices: Reading Aloud in Britain Today https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/research/projects/reading-aloud-in-britain-today

Research Summary

My research areas
  • Literacy - adult literacy, reading aloud, reading development
  • Informal learning - adult literacy development
  • Lifelong learning
  • Post-Compulsory
  • English - Adult English
  • Community - Community education, libraries
  • Workplace learning - workplace literacy practices

Teaching Summary

I teach on the Post-Compulsory PGCE (Adult Literacy and ESOL), the MA modules Lifelong Learning: Theories and Perspectives and Perspectives on Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy, the BA module 'Literacies Across the Life-course' and the EdD programme.

I am module leader of the MA module Perspectives on Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy, and course leader of the Erasmus Mundus MA Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management.

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