Dr Clare Dowdall
Lecturer in Education
North Cloisters NC128
North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
I joined the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education as Lecturer in Education (Language and Literacy) in 2020. Prior to this, I was employed as a Lecturer in Language and Literacy Education at University of Plymouth from 2001.
I have a range of experiences in teaching and researching literacy education. I graduated from Exeter University with a BA(Ed) in English and Drama in 1997. I worked in Devon, as a teacher and literacy subject leader, and then completed an MA(Ed) in Language and Literacy with University of Plymouth. For this, I researched children’s text production in out of school contexts. In 2010 I was the recipient of the UKLA/Wiley Blackwell Research in Literacy Award for my paper: Impressions, improvisations and compositions: reframing children's text production in the digital age, Literacy, 43(2) pp 91-99. In 2012, I completed my PhD in children's text production in online social networking sites, also with University of Plymouth.
I have an active interest in all aspects of literacy education and policy. I am a long-standing member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association. I currently sit on their Executive Council, with responsibility for convening the UKLA Research Sub-Committee. From 2015-2018 I co-edited the UKLA’s journal Literacy. I have also co-edited two special issues of Literacy: Popular Culture and Curriculum (2014) and Assessment, Accountability and Policy (2017).
I have extensive experience teaching and supervising and examining across the full range of educational programmes, including PhD, EdD, MA, PGCE and B.Ed.
My current research focuses on children’s writing and text production in a variety of school-based and informal contexts. In 2016 I was awarded a small research award from UKLA to develop this work. Since 2017 I have co-convened the UKLA Digital Literacies in Education SIG. As part of this work, I co-convene the UKLA Digital Literacies in Education Task Group with Professor Cathy Burnett, Sheffield Hallam University. This group is currently funded by UKLA to develop research-informed resources for teachers to promote critical and creative engagement with digital literacies. Other projects involve ongoing work with Professor Victoria Carrington, University of Tasmania, to research vernacular creativity in urban textual landscapes.
BA(Ed)(Hons) Primary English with Education and Drama (QTS), University of Exeter - Dissertation Special Award
MA(Ed) Language and Literacy, University of Plymouth
PhD, University of Plymouth