Dr Jennifer Farrar
- Lecturer in Secondary English and Childrens Literature (Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith)
I am a specialist in children’s literature and literacies with a background in secondary English teaching. My recent ESRC-funded doctorate from the University of Glasgow (awarded 2017) was an exploration of intergenerational readers’ responses to the disruptive effects of metafiction in picturebooks, with a particular focus on their critically literate potential. I also have an MEd in Children's Literature and Literacies from the University of Glasgow and an undergraduate degree (MA Hons) in English Literature. My doctoral thesis was Highly Commended by the judges of the British Educational Research Association's 2018 Doctoral Thesis Award and in 2017, I received the Scottish Educational Research Association's Estelle Brisard award for early career researchers.
Most recently, I have been involved with research projects that have explored teachers’ engagement with themes of migration and diversity; the potential of visually mediated interviews as tools for learning, and I have supported several school and community-based projects involving picturebooks.
Before coming to initial teacher education, I worked as a secondary English teacher, with experience of state schools in both London and Edinburgh. Prior to that, I worked as an education journalist in London.
I am currently researching student teachers’ knowledge and use of children’s literature, and am also working on ways to raise Scottish teacher and policy makers’ awareness and understandings of critical literacy and its potential in the classroom and beyond. I am also exploring the idea of 'reading across the transition' from primary to secondary schools with colleagues in a secondary school and its feeder primaries.
My research interests include: critical literacy, children's literature, non-fiction, metafiction, family literacies and home-school relationships, pedagogies for literacy teaching, picturebooks and initial teacher education.
I welcome enquiries from students and colleagues with research interests in these fields.
Julian Lui: An Exploration of Pedagogy Implication for Oracy Demands in Higher Education and ESL (English as a Second Language) Students
Dobrochna Futro: Translanguaging art: Multilingual practices of contemporary artists and their implications for language pedagogy
I have also supervised a wide range of MEd and MSc dissertations in Educational Studies and Children's Literature.
I teach across a wide range of undergraduate and post-graduate courses in the School of Education, including:
- Education in Practice 2 (MEduc Year 2)
- What if...? (MEduc Year 2, course convenor)
- Language and Literacy: MEduc Year 3, 4 and PDGE Primary
- Children's Literature elective (MEduc Year 3)
- Culture, Arts and the Humanities elective (MEduc Year4)
- Understanding Learning and Teaching (PDGE)
- Professional Enquiry (PDGE)
I also teach on the following Master's courses:
- MEd Children's Literature and Literacies course
- MSc Museum Education
I am a School Experience Placement tutor for MEduc Year 3 students.