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Dr Sue Walters
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Personal country knowledge
  • United Kingdom (particularly England and Scotland): Education

Professional Activities

External Examiner for Roehampton University (MA in Educational Practice).

Reviewer for Research into Reading; Ethnography and Education; British Educational Research Journal; Language and Education.

Book Reviews for Language and Education; International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

Research Summary

Sue completed her DPhil (Oxford University) in 2003 and has worked as a researcher at the Open University (Rural Belonging), Lancaster University Literacy Research Centre (Literacy and Health) and then as a Lecturer in Educational Studies at The University of Edinburgh from 2006 to 2010.  Before completing her doctorate, Sue was a teacher and an EAL specialist support teacher.  Her research interests include:

  • the learning experiences of minority ethnic pupils and EAL learners in mainstream and supplementary schooling as well as in the home and community;
  • issues of 'race' and ethnicity in educational contexts;
  • literacy, particularly socio-cultural approaches to understanding reading, readers and learning to read;
  • English as an Additional Language and multilingualism in educational settings;
  • ethnographic, qualitative and micro studies of learning sites and domains.

Recent interests lie in developing the use of Appreciative Inquiry as a methodology for paticipatory research in education and in exploring the more affective aspects of learning and teaching.  A UCL Changemaker project making use of Appreciative Inquiry to explore what students want from formative feedback has just been completed.

Post graduate research (supervision):
  • Minority ethnic and multilingual learners' experiences of education;
  • Literacy (socio-cultural understandings of literacy practices and learning);
  • Literacy in the primary school;
  • Learner identities (from a socio-cultural/post-structuralist perspective).

Teaching Summary

Currently, I teach, and am module leader for the MTeach research modules (Research and Professional Practive; Research and Practice Based Enquiry; Practice Based Enquiry) and the  MTeach module Leading Learning.  I contribute a session each year to the MA in Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties programme (Literacy Development module).

Sue was nominated by students for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2016 alongside fellow Institute of Education colleagues Dr Sue Askew and Ms Rosalind Janssen.

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