Dr Maureen Farrell
- Senior Lecturer (Creativity Culture and Faith)
- Senior Senate Assesor for Academic Appeals (Senate Office)
Scottish Children's Literature, Children's Literature; Scottish Literature, Picture Books; Visual Literacy, Children's Literature and Religious Education, Multi-modal literacy, Visual Literacy and intercultural responses, digital literacy
After completing a degree in Psychology and English at the University of Glasgow, I worked as a researcher for the Department of Clinical Oncology on an education programme aimed at preventing children from starting smoking. I then completed a PGCE at St Andrew's College and was an English teacher in Ayrshire and Glasgow and in Motherwell College. I began working in teacher education at St Andrew's College in 1993 and went on to become the B Ed Programme Leader and the Associate Dean for Initial Teacher Education. I am currently a Senior Lecturer and teach on the both undergraduate and postgraduate Initial Teacher Education programmes as well as the Masters programme in Children's Literature and Literacies. I am an Advisor of Studies and a Complaints investigator for the School of Education. My PhD was entitled Culture and Identity in Scottish Children's Fiction.
I am now the Senior Senate Assessor for Appeals for the University and have recently become the Director of Partnerships for the School of Education.
Member of the team with research grant funded by the UK Literary Association to the value of £2,600. Topic: Visual Journeys: Exploring immigrant children's visual literacy through intercultural responses to wordless picturebooks.
I welcome PhD applications on most aspects of children's literature although I have a particular interest in Scottish children's literature. I am also interested in literacy development, and the development of English teaching in schools. Currently I am supervising Ph D students from China and Turkey and a Scottish Ed D student. Topics include:
‘A comparative study: the depiction of migrants as others in Turkish and British young adult books’
'Narrative strategies of picturebook apps and children's response/meaning making strategies using them'
'An Educational Perspective on the Reading Practices of Young Readers in Turkey'
'Investigating the impact that practice-based research has on the pedagogy of the artist-teacher'
I contribute to the teaching on a number of courses in a variety of programmes these include:
Language and Literacy in the Undergraduate ITE programmes; Interdisciplinary Learning elements of the undergraduate ITE programme; the PGDE English (secondary) course; Language and Literacy in the PGDE Primary programme; Understanding Learning and Teaching and Practitioner Enquiry in the PGDE programme; Texts for Children: from Printing Press to Virtual Reality in the M Ed Children's Literature and Literacies programme and various undividual specialist lectures
I am also a tutor in the PGDE partnership programme for school experience.
Consulting and advice
Consultant for Scottish Poetry Library 2009 for publication Addressing the Bard. Teaching materials to accompany this text, distributed to all secondary schools in Scotland, are available at http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/Images/addressingthebard-learn_tcm4-566829.pdf
Academic and professional body membership
Member of the International Research Society for Children's Literature
Member of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies and Education Committee member for this organisation
Experienced member of CPD team in a number of local authorities on a range of topics including, for example, Developing Literacy Across Learning for Curriculum for Excellence