Dr Sue Grey
Lecturer in Education
North Cloisters NC132
North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
My research interests are rooted in the field of Comparative Education, and arise from a love of language and diversity in cultures. My PhD, which followed a Masters in Comparative Education at the UCL Institute of Education, focussed on the media and policy discourses arising from the OECD PISA programme. My research used critical methodologies - multimodal semiotic analysis and critical discourse analysis, to examine the operations of the media in shaping policy and public perceptions around international comparisons of student performance, with particular emphasis on stereotyping of ‘other’ nations; discourses of crisis and blame; and ideas around policy learning and policy borrowing, as well as the governance role increasingly played by global organisations.
My teaching career began in Early Years, and I maintain an interest in the field, particularly around marginalised and suppressed conceptualisations of childhood, especially in light of moves by transnational actors to develop metrics to measure ‘what matters’ in EYE. I am a member of a network of comparative researchers in England and Ireland aiming to understand enactment of policy in EY settings, particularly in light of COVID 19.
My current research interests are in discourses around 21st Century skills and ‘World Class’ Education, especially attempts by global organisations to measure concepts often considered unmeasurable, e.g. creativity. I am also interested in the dominance of English as a lingua franca in academia and the issues around translation as cultural mediation, and the resulting exclusion of alternative conceptualisations of education. Lastly, I maintain an interest in media discourses around education policy.
I have taught extensively in the English education system, working in both primary and secondary schools, and in SEND and medical settings. Most recently I have taught on several Masters level courses at UCL, and have developed a special interest in working with international students and offering pastoral support where needed.
I speak several languages with varying degrees of fluency and am looking to expand my repertoire, with Arabic and Korean in my medium-term sights. I welcome approaches from students interested in working on topics around comparative education, policy borrowing, new discourses of ‘quality’ and measurement, as well as those looking to explore language analysis as a methodology. I am approachable and easy to chat to, and always interested in new ideas.
BA (Honours) German, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Postgraduate Certificate of Proficiency in Russian (University of Strathclyde)
Masters in Comparative Education (UCL Institute of Education, London)
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational and Social Research Methods (UCL Institute of Education, London)
PhD :PISA, the Media and the Governance of Education Policy in England and Sweden (UCL Institute of Education, London)
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