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Dr Sam Duncan
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor in Adult Education and Literacies
  • 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 the Director of the International Literacy Centre

and 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
  • Adult and community education, lifelong learning
  • Further education
  • English 
  • Community - Community education, libraries
  • Teacher education

Teaching Summary

I am Academic Head of Learning and Teaching (AHLT) for the Department of Education, Practice and Society. 

I teach on a range of Post-Compulsory teacher education, adult education and research-focussed modules and run the BA module 'Literacies Across the Life-course.'

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