Professor Margaret Sutherland
- Professor of High Ability Studies and Inclusive Practice (Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy)
Dr Margaret Sutherland is a senior lecturer in additional support for learning at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is the Director of Post Graduate Reseach in the School of Education and of the Scottish Network for Able Pupils. She has 38 years teaching experience in schools and higher education. She has written in the field of gifted education and is the author of a number of academic papers, chapters and books on the subject. Her book, Gifted and Talented in the Early Years has been translated into German, Slovenian and will soon be translated into Hungarian. She is visiting professor at the Centre for Psychology, Giftedness, and Research on Excellence at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. She also serves on the editorial board of the Korean Journal of Educational Policy and the Turkish Journal of Giftedness and Education. She is a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, the British Journal of Special Education and Support for Learning. She speaks at conferences and has worked across the UK and with staff and students in Tanzania; Malawi; Korea; Virginia, USA; Slovenia; The Netherlands; Poland; Germany; Sweden; New Zealand; Switzerland, China Denmark. She is an elected member of the general committee of the European Council for High Ability and serves on the executive committee for the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children as treasurer.
In print: Sutherland, M. (2012) Gifted and Talented in the Early Years: a practical guide for 4-6 year olds London: SAGE.
This second edition advocates an inclusive approach and updates current theories, research and bet practices in the field. The text incorporates 21st century skills, cultural perspectives and international education, and focuses on how to create appropriately challenging activities for the young gifted and talented child.
Dr Gillian Eriksson, Coordinator: Gifted Education Program, School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership, University of Central Florida, USA.
This expanded edition builds on Margaret's approach to tacking and learning making us think how we can best include gifted and talented children in our early years settings. By providing opportunities for young children to learn from each other and fro their communities and families, gifted and talented young learners can be appropriately challenged and recognised within an inclusive setting.
Professor Peter Merrotsy, Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia.
Margaret's research interests revolve around inclusive education and the experiences of young people in schools. In particular she is interested in how the current international focus on early years education allows for the development of abilities, including high abilities, in young children. Her research involves working across Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools. As Director of SNAP her work is based on a broadened conception of ability rather than on labelling young people. She is interested in the role of the teacher, and in how teacher beliefs might change and impact practice. It is this fine-grained understanding of teachers’ attitudes that is crucial if we are to bridge the disjunction between research, policy and practice. She is interested in social justice and issues relating to poverty and disability and the role of formal and non-formal education in creating more just societies in the global north and south. Recently she has been working with staff from The School of Veterinary Medicine, The Institute of Cancer Sciences University of Glasgow and Massey University, New Zealand working on enhancing visibility and awareness of neurodiversity in the workplace
Through the International Research Universities Network (IRUN) links have been established with Dr. Lianne Hoogeveen - (Radboud University Nijmegen) www.ru.nl/fsw/cbo, Prof. Christian Fischer, Educational Sciences for School Pedagogics, Talent Research and Individual Promotion at the University of Münster Internationales Centrum für Begabungsforschung (ICBF) (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany and Dr. Mojca Juriševič, Assist. Prof. University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education, Centre for Research and Promotion of Giftedness. http://www.pef.uni-lj.si/
A collaborative Research Project, curriculum design and staff attitudes towards gifted education, has been developed between SNAP and The Centre for Gifted Education. The College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA (Prof. Tracy Cross, Dr Jennifer Riedl Cross), Dr Colm O'Reilly, The Center for Talented Youth in Ireland and Dr Mar M.del Mar Badia Martín, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
Inclusion in Developing Countries, Dr Frida Tungaraza, Tanzania, East Africa.
Education of Gifted Students: gifted children and youth from backgrounds of disadvantage (low socio-economic status, cultural minority status, and rural and isolated contexts); Dr Niamh Stack, University of Glasgow; Professor Peter Merrotsy, University of Western Australia.
Margaret Sutherland is a senior lecturer in Additional Support Needs. Margaret is a member of the Glasgow Centre for International Development and co-chair of the PASCAL Faith / Spirituality-based Learning City Development Network.
Händel, M., Duan, X., Sutherland, M. and Ziegler, A. (2014) Successful in science education and still popular: a pattern that is possible in china rather than in Germany or Russia. International Journal of Science Education, 36(6), pp. 887-907. (doi: 10.1080/09500693.2013.830232)
Sutherland, M. (2014) Indigenous and western knowledge: uneasy bedfellows in an interdependent world? In: Inman, P. and Robinson, D. (eds.) University engagement and environmental sustainability. Series: Universities and lifelong learning. Manchester University Press: Manchester, UK. ISBN 9780719091629
Tungaraza, F., Sutherland, M. and Stack, N. (2013) Universal education or open education opportunities for all? Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 43(6), pp. 822-824. (doi: 10.1080/03057925.2013.850285)
- 2019: Sutherland, M. and Stack, N. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils) Education grant funded by the Scottish Government.
- 2018: Sutherland, M. and Stack, N. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils) Education grant funded by the Scottish Government.
- 2017: Sutherland, M. and Stack, N. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils) Education grant funded by the Scottish Government.
- 2016: Sutherland, M. and Stack, N. Erasmus+ project Development of an Online Programme for Teachers of Gifted Students in Regular Classrooms. Led by Dublin City University.
- 2016: Sutherland, M. and Stack, N. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils) Education grant funded by the Scottish Government.
- 2015: Head, G, Sutherland, M and Fagan, C. Erasmus+ project, Open the Doors led by Association, Educativa Vall del Terri, Spain.
- 2015: Sutherland, M. and Stack, N. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils) Education grant funded by the Scottish Government.
- 2014: Sutherland, M., Head, G. and Fagan, C. Erasmus+ project: Teacher 2020, Entrepreneurial Fluency. Led by the University of Girona.
- 2014: Sutherland, M. and Stack, N. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils) Education grant funded by the Scottish Government.
- 2013: Sutherland, M. and Stack, N. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils) Education grant funded by the Scottish Government .
- 2012: Sutherland, M and Stack, N. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils) Education grant funded by the Scottish Government.
- 2011: Sutherland, M. First Step Award funded by the Scottish Government, the European Regional Development Fund and Scottish Enterprise.
- 2011: Stack, N. & Sutherland M. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils). Education grant funded by the Scottish Government.
- Able to Design funded by South Lanarkshire Council. Supporting young children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties funded by Falkirk Council.
- 2010: Sutherland, M. Education funded by London Gifted and Talented.
- 2010: Stack, N. & Sutherland M. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils). Education grant funded by the Scottish Government.
- 2009: Stack, N. & Sutherland M. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils). Education grant funded by the Scottish Government.
- 2008: Stack, N. & Sutherland M. (Scottish Network for Able Pupils). Education grant funded by the Scottish Government.
- 2008: Bailey, R., Pearce, G., Winstanley, C., Sutherland, M., Smith, C., Stack, N., & Dickenson, M. EPPI systematic review on gifted education. Funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
- 2007: Sutherland, M. & Stack, N. (Scottish Network For Able Pupils). Education grant funded by the Scottish Executive.
Dr Nada Hammed - Integrating Information and Communication Technology into Early Childhood Education.
Dr Badriah Alkhannani - An investigation into English language teaching for gifted students in Saudi Arabia.
Dr Farah Shafiq - The relationship between emotional intelligence, epistemic beliefs and academic motivation of prospective teachers in Pakistan.
Dr Peipei Lui - Emotion recognition and social functioning among individuals in the general population with sub-clinical autistic traits and anxiety.
Dr Sarah Jane Digby - To what extent can Ugandan Children be empowered as decision makers in education?
Tingzhao Zhang - Using children's literature to teach gifted and talented pupils in the primary school: a comparative study between China and Scotland.
Ruihua Chen - The role of cultural influences, innate ability and practice: A comparison between the English speaking Chinese student population in Scotland and the English speaking Chinese student population in China, with an emphasis on high ability.
Francis Gatongi - Science education, curriculum and pedagogy in 21 century Kenya: an investigation in Laikipia County.
Nourah Alshalhoub - Inclusive Education in Mainstream Classrooms in Saudi Arabia.
Laurie Walden - Equity in Gifted Education
Alia El Naggar - High ability learners with autism.
Farina Tavasolian - Gifted Young Children and the Early Years Curriculum
In addition to supervision and numerous internal examiner appointments Margaret has acted as an external examiner for Ph.D theses at the universities of Brunel, Angela Ruskin and Sheffield UK; Waikato, New Zealand and MacQuarie, Australia.
- Highly Able Learners
Undergraduate and PGDE (Primary and Secondary) specialist input relating to inclusion and highly able learners
Professional activities & recognition
- 2008: The Korean Educational Development Institute Journal of Educational Policy
- 2019: Journal for the Education of the Gifted
Professional & learned societies
- 2016: Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
Guidance for gifted and talented learners in rural schools in England
App development with Me and the Giants: a mobile games company specialising in "stealth education" - games that are entertaining, first-and-foremost, but which educate and inform their users as a by-product.
Consultative conference on effective provision for gifted and talented children in the early years: The National Strategies, Department for Children, Schools and Families, England
Cumbria Early Years County Policy and Guidance for Gifted and Talented Children
Renfrewshire Education Authority consultation on policy development for highly able pupils
Argyll and Bute Education Authority consultation on policy development for highly able pupils
Contining professional development activities relating to high ability across the UK
Academic and professional body membership
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Editorial board member of the Korean Educational Development Institute Journal for Educational Policy, Korea
Editorial Advisory Board member of the National Association of Special Educational Needs' three academic peer reviewed journals: British Journal of Special Education (BJSE), Journal of Research in Special Education (JORSEN) and Support for Learning (SfL).
Editorial board member of the Journal for the Education of the Young Scientist and Giftedness, Turkey
Treasurer and executive committee member of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
Committee member and member of the European Council for High Ability
Member of the Peer Review College, ESRC
Member of The Higher Education Academy
Registered with General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
Board member of Student Volunteers Abroad
Board member of The Active Learning Centre