Dr Margaret McCulloch
- Lecturer (Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy)
After qualifying as a primary teacher, I worked in a range of primary schools in Glasgow. During a period of time away from full-time teaching, I worked in the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice as a nursing assistant. I subsequently returned to work as a peripatetic support for learning teacher in both primary and secondary schools, again for Glasgow City Council. I was co-ordinator of one of the 8 Network Support Teams in Glasgow for five years before becoming an ASL Development Officer in the city, working with children, young people, parents and school staff to develop inclusive policies and classroom practice. I had a particular interest in literacy development and developing reading comprehension through reciprocal teaching strategies. I moved to work in teacher education at the University of Glasgow in October 2004. Since then I have taught extensively in the area of inclusion/Additional Support for Learning across undergraduate programmes, and teach two courses within the MEd Inclusive Education: Research, Policy and Practice. I am currently employed on a 0.4 FTE contract.
- Professional identity in teacher education;
- discipline-specific issues of teaching and learning in Higher Education;
- career transitions;
- inclusive education - policy and practice;
- the development of children's metacognitive skills, particularly in relation to reading comprehension.
- I was part of the team which worked on Literature review for teacher education in the 21st Century. Scottish Government, 2010.
- I was part of the team which worked on the Assessment at Transition project. Scottish Government, 2012.
- I worked in collaboration with GTCS, local authority representatives and school staff on research into the development of accomplished teaching.
I am currently supervising a student on the EdD programme who is investigating attitudes and perceptions of teachers towards working with children with behaviour perceived to be challenging, in a Canadian context.
I have just completed joint supervision of a PhD student who graduated in June 2016, having investigated assessment practices in HE, through a comparative study between Scotland and Estonia. Another student is revising her thesis following the viva. This thesis investigated the educational experiences and achievement of children and young people with cleft lip and palate.
I am currently jointly supervising three PhD students. One is researching teachers' experiences of implementing a new English language curriculum in Libya, one is looking at teacher education practice in Saudi Arabia around highly able pupils and the third is looking at the role of indigenous knowledge and curricula in relation to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals regarding quality education in Kenya.
Every year I supervise a number of students on our Masters programmes, including those doing a Masters degree in Inclusive Education.
MEduc - Years 1-4 - range of lectures around teacher identity, reflective practice and inclusion/inclusive pedagogy.
I teach about aspects of inclusive practice within the PGDE programme.
I teach classes within the Certificate, Diploma and Master of Education Programme in Inclusive Education: Research, Policy and Practice: The Learner and the Curriculum; Developing Literacy.
I also lead the first course on the online EdD programme - Critical Reflection in Professional Learning and Practice.
I was Ethics Officer for the School of Education for two years.
I was Disability Co-ordinator for the School of Education for eight years.
I was previously seconded for a year to the Learning and Teaching Centre for 0.2 of the week as an Academic Development Fellow, working with colleagues from Physics and Veterinary Medicine on developing the new discipline-specific element of the New Lecturer and Teacher Programme.
I worked as an associate assessor with the Education and Training Inspectorate of Northern Ireland, 2009 - 2010.
I was external examiner for the BA (Hons) in Primary Education at Manchester Metropolitan University 2013-2106.
I am a reviewer for the British Journal of Educational Research and a range of other journals.
I am co-editor of the textbook Understanding Teaching and Learning in the Primary School, published in 2014 by SAGE Publications. We are currently working on the second edition of the textbook.
Academic and professional body membership
General Teaching Council of Scotland
Scottish Support for Learning Association
Scottish Educational Research Association
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy