Research title: Exploring Children’s Responses to and Engagement with Feminist Biographical Illustrated Books
My PhD research explores how a group of children, aged between 7 and 10, respond to collective biographies about women published between 2016 and 2020. I use creative methods to explore their engagement with the literature. The project promises high potential significance amongst scholars, teachers, youth workers, related practitioners and parents/carers looking to explore meaningful pedagogical tools to address gender-related topics with young people.
- Feminist and Gender Theories
- Children's Literature & Education
- Creative Methods
UKRI & Mitacs UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) & Scottish Funding Council: Student-Led Training Fund Award
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Pathway Studentship (1+3)
Couceiro, L. (September 2022) Contemporary Children's Biographies: How are children responding to and 'empowering' stories of 'inspirational' women? [Conference Paper]. Emergent Femininities and Masculinities in 21st Century Media and Popular Culture, NKUA, Athens.
Couceiro, L. (May 2022) Contemporary Biographies: What are the implications of inviting children to 'change the world', in a way that foregrounds specialisation? [Conference Paper]. The Child and the Book Conference, L-Università ta' Malta, Malta.
Couceiro, L. (October 2021) Children's Biographies in the Nonfiction Renaissance: Analysing the relationship between readers' responses, the pedagogic and the aesthetic. [Conference Paper]. IRSCL 2021 Conference, Santiago, Chile (online).
Couceiro, L. (September 2021) Sexual Education, Sexual Pleasure and Sexual Violence: A case for considering how queer theory can aid understandings of the hidden inequalities and challenges faced by individuals with learning disabilities. [Conference Paper]. ESA 2021 Conference, Barcelona, Spain (online).
Couceiro, L. (October 2020). "Fantastically Great Women" and "Rebel Girls": Do children's biographies about women inspire or responsibilize young girls in their conceptions of girlhood? [Conference Paper]. Conceptions of Girlhood Now and Then: "Girls' Literature" and Beyond, Linnæus University, Sweden (online).
Couceiro, L. (August 2020). Why Legislative Change is Not Enough: Critical discourse analysis of news reporting surrounding Scotland’s LGBTI inclusive education [Ignite Talk: 20 slides in 5 minutes]. ECER 2020 Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland. (Conference cancelled due to Covid-19).
I gained my Certificate in Teaching English to Adults (University of Cambridge: ESOL Examinations) in 2011 and have taught in Australia, China and the UK. I also have significant experience working within children's private education, in both managerial and tutoring roles.
Couceiro, L. (February 2022) 'Stories of Inspiring Women: What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of using these texts with learners?', Primary PGCE Module: Policy and Contemporary Issues in Education, UWE Bristol.
Couceiro, L. (August 2021) 'Queer Theory', Undergraduate Summer School: Media Gender and Culture, King's College London.
Brown, R. and Couceiro, L. (June 2022) 'Creative Research Methods with Children', Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences.
Couceiro, L. (March 2022) 'Adapting Cultural Probes for Use Online', Methods@Manchester Series, University of Manchester.
MRes Sociology & Research Methods (Distinction)
University of Glasgow
MA Gender, Society & Representation (Distinction)
BA English Language & Literature (First-Class Honours)
King's College London