Dr Yvonne Skipper

  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology (People, Place & Social Change)

Biography

I am currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Education.  My research primarily focusses on social influences on learning.  For example, I am interested in exploring views of intelligence, the impact of feedback on learning, how we deal with failure and mental wellbeing.  I am particularly interested in applied research, working with partner organisations to co-create interventions to improve educational outcomes.

I am a member of the People, Place and Social Change research and teaching group in the School of Education. I joined Glasgow University in 2019. Before this I worked as a Lecturer at Keele University and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Royal Holloway University of London.  I completed my ESRC funded PhD at the University of Kent in 2011.

I am passionate about knowledge exchange, engagement and outreach and deliver a variety of workshops and presentations for children and adults, including the ‘Psychology of Superheroes’.   

I also run a project called ‘White Water Writers’ which gives groups of people the chance to collaboratively write and publish a full-length novel in a week.  The writers plan, write, proofread and publish their novel in one week. It is then placed for sale online with profits going to authors and a book signing event is held where family and friends can celebrate their achievement.  More than 2000 people have now participated in the project.  This includes primary and secondary school pupils, looked after children and young and adult offenders. The project has demonstrable educational, social and psychological benefits for young people. You can find more information here: www.whitewaterwriters.com

Primary school students holding copies of their novel

 (Image credit Stoke Sentinel)

Research interests

My research focusses on the social influences on learning. I am interested in how learners view intelligence and how this impacts their learning, subject choice, academic performance and response to failure.  I am interested in understanding how students respond to feedback and how teachers choose to deliver it.

Another strand of my research focuses on how university students’ sense of belonging can impact their mental health and wellbeing.  I have recently been working with collaborators at Student Minds and Keele University to explore this.

I am also interested in literacy.  I have worked with Stoke on Trent City Council to explore barriers which parents perceive in reading with children and how these can be overcome and together we created a video to help them to overcome these barriers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RrVzktX1B4

I have also worked with a team to co-create a toolkit to encourage children to believe that they can improve their literacy in their first year at school https://www.keele.ac.uk/media/keeleuniversity/facnatsci/schpsych/cyptemp/Stoke%20Reads%20Mindset%20Kit%20-%20Web%20Version.pdf

I also run and research the White Water Writers project, which gives groups of young people the chance to collaboratively write and publish a novel in a week. The project has demonstrable educational, social and psychological benefits for young people.   Novels produced by our previous authors can be found here and some of the cover art can be seen below https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-T-M-Cooks/s?rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3AT.M.+Cooks

The covers of the novels

 

Publications

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Number of items: 19.

2020

Bagnall, C. L., Fox, C. L. and Skipper, Y. (2020) When is the ‘optimal’ time for school transition? An insight into provision in the US. Pastoral Care in Education, (Accepted for Publication)

Skipper, Y. and Pepler, D. (2020) Knowledge mobilization: stepping into interdependent and relational space using co-creation. Action Research, (Accepted for Publication)

de Carvalho, E. and Skipper, Y. (2020) A two-component growth mindset intervention for young people with SEND. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 20(3), pp. 195-205. (doi: 10.1111/1471-3802.12472)

Bagnall, C. L., Skipper, Y. and Fox, C. L. (2020) ‘You're in this world now’: students’, teachers’, and parents’ experiences of school transition and how they feel it can be improved. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 90(1), pp. 206-226. (doi: 10.1111/bjep.12273)

2019

Skipper, Y. and Douglas, K. M. (2019) Examining teachers’ ratings of feedback following success and failure: a study of Chinese English teachers. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 89(4), pp. 804-817. (doi: 10.1111/bjep.12261) (PMID:30734921)

Skipper, Y. (2019) Higher education psychology teacher of the year: Finalist case study 2019. Psychology Teaching Review, 25(2), pp. 114-117.

de Carvalho, E. and Skipper, Y. (2019) “We’re not just sat at home in our pyjamas!”: a thematic analysis of the social lives of home educated adolescents in the UK. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 34(3), pp. 501-516. (doi: 10.1007/s10212-018-0398-5)

Hulme, J.A., Stanyard, R., Kent, A. and Skipper, Y. (2019) Making a difference with psychology: case study. In: Kahn, P. and Anderson, L. (eds.) Developing Your Teaching: Towards Excellence. Series: Key guides for effective teaching in higher education. Routledge: New York, pp. 39-40. ISBN 9781138591189

Skipper, Y. and de Carvalho, E. (2019) “I have seen the opportunities that science brings”: encouraging girls to persist in science. Educational Forum, 83(2), pp. 199-214. (doi: 10.1080/00131725.2019.1576820)

2017

Cruwys, T., Gaffney, A. M. and Skipper, Y. (2017) Uncertainty in transition: The influence of group cohesion on learning. In: Mavor, K. I., Platow, M. J. and Bizumic, B. (eds.) Self and Social Identity in Educational Contexts. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781315746913

Kent, A., Berry, D. M., Budds, K., Skipper, Y. and Williams, H. L. (2017) Promoting writing amongst peers: establishing a community of writing practice for early career academics. Higher Education Research and Development, 36(6), pp. 1194-1207. (doi: 10.1080/07294360.2017.1300141)

Skipper, Y. and Leman, P. J. (2017) The role of feedback in young people’s academic choices. International Journal of Science Education, 39(4), pp. 453-467. (doi: 10.1080/09500693.2017.1294783)

2016

Skipper, Y. and Douglas, K. M. (2016) The impact of a selective entry examination on children's feelings as they approach the transition to secondary school. British Educational Research Journal, 42(6), pp. 945-961. (doi: 10.1002/berj.3242)

Leman, P. J., Skipper, Y. , Watling, D. and Rutland, A. (2016) Conceptual change in science is facilitated through peer collaboration for boys but not for girls. Child Development, 87(1), pp. 176-183. (doi: 10.1111/cdev.12481)

2015

Kent, A. and Skipper, Y. (2015) Making a difference with psychology: reporting on a module to develop psychological literacy in final year undergraduates. Psychology Teaching Review, 21(2), pp. 35-47.

Skipper, Y. and Douglas, K. (2015) The influence of teacher feedback on children's perceptions of student-teacher relationships. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 85(3), pp. 276-288. (doi: 10.1111/bjep.12070)

Skipper, Y. (2015) An evaluation of an intervention to change first-year psychology students’ theory of intelligence. Psychology Teaching Review, 21(2), pp. 69-80.

2012

Skipper, Y. and Douglas, K. (2012) Is no praise good praise? Effects of positive feedback on children's and university students’ responses to subsequent failures. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 82(2), pp. 327-339. (doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8279.2011.02028.x)

Douglas, K. M. and Skipper, Y. (2012) Subtle linguistic variation in feedback. In: Sutton, M.R., Hornsey, M. and Douglas, K.M. (eds.) Feedback The Communication of Praise, Criticism, and Advice. Peter Lang. ISBN 9781433105128

This list was generated on Mon Oct 19 11:35:44 2020 BST.
Number of items: 19.

Articles

Bagnall, C. L., Fox, C. L. and Skipper, Y. (2020) When is the ‘optimal’ time for school transition? An insight into provision in the US. Pastoral Care in Education, (Accepted for Publication)

Skipper, Y. and Pepler, D. (2020) Knowledge mobilization: stepping into interdependent and relational space using co-creation. Action Research, (Accepted for Publication)

de Carvalho, E. and Skipper, Y. (2020) A two-component growth mindset intervention for young people with SEND. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 20(3), pp. 195-205. (doi: 10.1111/1471-3802.12472)

Bagnall, C. L., Skipper, Y. and Fox, C. L. (2020) ‘You're in this world now’: students’, teachers’, and parents’ experiences of school transition and how they feel it can be improved. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 90(1), pp. 206-226. (doi: 10.1111/bjep.12273)

Skipper, Y. and Douglas, K. M. (2019) Examining teachers’ ratings of feedback following success and failure: a study of Chinese English teachers. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 89(4), pp. 804-817. (doi: 10.1111/bjep.12261) (PMID:30734921)

Skipper, Y. (2019) Higher education psychology teacher of the year: Finalist case study 2019. Psychology Teaching Review, 25(2), pp. 114-117.

de Carvalho, E. and Skipper, Y. (2019) “We’re not just sat at home in our pyjamas!”: a thematic analysis of the social lives of home educated adolescents in the UK. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 34(3), pp. 501-516. (doi: 10.1007/s10212-018-0398-5)

Skipper, Y. and de Carvalho, E. (2019) “I have seen the opportunities that science brings”: encouraging girls to persist in science. Educational Forum, 83(2), pp. 199-214. (doi: 10.1080/00131725.2019.1576820)

Kent, A., Berry, D. M., Budds, K., Skipper, Y. and Williams, H. L. (2017) Promoting writing amongst peers: establishing a community of writing practice for early career academics. Higher Education Research and Development, 36(6), pp. 1194-1207. (doi: 10.1080/07294360.2017.1300141)

Skipper, Y. and Leman, P. J. (2017) The role of feedback in young people’s academic choices. International Journal of Science Education, 39(4), pp. 453-467. (doi: 10.1080/09500693.2017.1294783)

Skipper, Y. and Douglas, K. M. (2016) The impact of a selective entry examination on children's feelings as they approach the transition to secondary school. British Educational Research Journal, 42(6), pp. 945-961. (doi: 10.1002/berj.3242)

Leman, P. J., Skipper, Y. , Watling, D. and Rutland, A. (2016) Conceptual change in science is facilitated through peer collaboration for boys but not for girls. Child Development, 87(1), pp. 176-183. (doi: 10.1111/cdev.12481)

Kent, A. and Skipper, Y. (2015) Making a difference with psychology: reporting on a module to develop psychological literacy in final year undergraduates. Psychology Teaching Review, 21(2), pp. 35-47.

Skipper, Y. and Douglas, K. (2015) The influence of teacher feedback on children's perceptions of student-teacher relationships. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 85(3), pp. 276-288. (doi: 10.1111/bjep.12070)

Skipper, Y. (2015) An evaluation of an intervention to change first-year psychology students’ theory of intelligence. Psychology Teaching Review, 21(2), pp. 69-80.

Skipper, Y. and Douglas, K. (2012) Is no praise good praise? Effects of positive feedback on children's and university students’ responses to subsequent failures. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 82(2), pp. 327-339. (doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8279.2011.02028.x)

Book Sections

Hulme, J.A., Stanyard, R., Kent, A. and Skipper, Y. (2019) Making a difference with psychology: case study. In: Kahn, P. and Anderson, L. (eds.) Developing Your Teaching: Towards Excellence. Series: Key guides for effective teaching in higher education. Routledge: New York, pp. 39-40. ISBN 9781138591189

Cruwys, T., Gaffney, A. M. and Skipper, Y. (2017) Uncertainty in transition: The influence of group cohesion on learning. In: Mavor, K. I., Platow, M. J. and Bizumic, B. (eds.) Self and Social Identity in Educational Contexts. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781315746913

Douglas, K. M. and Skipper, Y. (2012) Subtle linguistic variation in feedback. In: Sutton, M.R., Hornsey, M. and Douglas, K.M. (eds.) Feedback The Communication of Praise, Criticism, and Advice. Peter Lang. ISBN 9781433105128

This list was generated on Mon Oct 19 11:35:44 2020 BST.

Grants

Year

Total amount

Funder and Title

2019

£1,000

ESRC Festival of Social Science: Psychology in Action. Funding to run outreach activity giving young people the chance to use psychology to solve real problems in their community.

2018

£9,500

British Academy: Development and validation of a conspiracy theory belief questionnaire for adolescents

2017

£66, 547

Higher Horizons and NCOP: White Water Writers. Funding to run the project in 35 local schools and evaluate its’ impact.

2017

£4,869

Society for Research in Higher Education: “Why not me?” – The Extent to which Students’ Academic Identity impacts their sense of community and mental health.

2017

£7,715

Higher Horizons and NCOP: Are you App4it?: Funding to develop and run a project giving school students the chance to develop their own apps.

2015

£49,000

SHINE: White Water Writers for Disadvantaged Young People. Funding to run the project in a number of local schools and evaluate the longer term impact on literacy.

2015

£6,600

Earnest Cook: White Water Writers

2015

£22,000

HEFCE and UnLTD: White Water Writers

2014

£32,000

Higher Education Innovation Fund: White Water Writers

Supervision

Previous students

Dr Nicola Ralph: Risk and protective factors for bullying and peer victimisation of children with and without Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Current students

Nick Garnett:  Enabling teachers to promote incremental theories of intelligence in young children: an intervention and an instrument

Charlotte Bagnall: How can we improve children’s emotional wellbeing over the secondary school transition period?

Hana Butrova: Exploring character-focused mentoring as a means of facilitating character growth and Positive Youth Development (PYD) in middle and late childhood

Teaching

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2019 was a Finalist in the UK Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year Award.

I am the Programme Lead for MSc Psychological Studies.  I also lead in the delivery of the dissertation module, and teach developmental psychology, individual differences, educational psychology, psychology of adult learning and approaches to inclusive learning.

Additional information

Awards

2014: Keele University. New outreach academic of the year

2015: Keele University. Outstanding Outreach Session Deliverer

2016: Keele University. Innovative Session of the Year

2017:  Keele University. Teaching Excellence Award. 

2019:  Finalist ‘UK Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year’. This national level award recognises excellence in teaching and learning in psychology.