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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 reading development, community education, reading circles and the roles of cinema, literature and poetry in language learning. I am also interested in teacher education, informal literacy learning across the life-course and when we might choose to read something aloud rather than in silence. 

I am a Co-Director of the International Literacy Centre https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/centres/international-literacy-centre and also Co-Director of the Centre for Post-14 Education and Work https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/centres/centre-post-14-education-and-work

I was recently the recipient of an AHRC Early Careers Research Fellowship for a project recording and analysing 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 - reading development, adult literacy, adult reading aloud practices
  • Informal learning - literacy development across the life-course
  • Lifelong learning, adult and community education
  • Post-Compulsory education
  • English 
  • Community - Community education, libraries
  • Teacher education

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 was 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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