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Linda Graham, SFHEA

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Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies

I joined University of Sunderland in November 2018, as a Senior Lecturer on BA Childhood Studies in the School of Social Sciences. Previous to this, I worked at Northumbria University for 10 years in a range of roles including Student Development Officer in a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Assessment for Learning, Senior Lecturer and lead on Childhood Studies part route on the Society Joint Honours programme and more recently as a departmental lead for Teaching and Learning (staff enhancement which involved working with academic staff in developing their pedagogic practice). I was awarded Senior Fellow status in Higher Education Academy (HEA).

At Sunderland, I teach undergraduate modules relating to representations of childhood, inclusion, global perspectives, values and ethics.

My research interests include pedagogic practice in higher education, academic literacy, assessment for learning, student engagement, children's reading in educational settings, (with a particular focus on reading for pleasure), visual literacy, participatory research and the children's voice.

I am currently completing a PhD which examines the children’s autobiographical narratives about their reading choices.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on a range of modules and I'm Module Lead for:
CHS 170: Inclusion, Integration and Exclusion
CHS 283: Children and Young People in Global Contexts 

I also student supervise dissertations on the Childhood Studies programme.

Research interests for potential research students

Childhood Studies
  • Children's reading in educational settings, (with a particular focus on reading for pleasure), visual literacy, participatory research and the children's voice. 

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Assessment for learning 
  • Academic literacy
  • The 1st year experience 
  • Student engagement


I am currently working on a three year research project working in partnership with Napier University exploring the use of exemplars to enhance student's assessment literacy.


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Book Section

Sambell, Kay and Graham, Linda (2014) Understanding and Developing Student Engagement. London: Routledge (SEDA Series). Chapter 16 Engaging Experienced Students As Academic Mentors in Support of the First Year Experience: The Epistemic Apprenticeship Project. In: Understanding and Developing Student Engagement (SEDA Series). Routledge. ISBN 978-0415843393

Sambell, Kay and Graham, Linda (2012) Staff-Student Partnerships in Higher Education. Chapter 3 Towards an assessment partnership model?: students’ experiences of being engaged as partners in Assessment for Learning (AfL) enhancement activity. In: Staff-Student Partnerships in Higher Education. Continuum. ISBN 978-1441119933


Sambell, Kay, Brown, Sally and Graham, Linda (2017) Professionalism in Practice: Key Directions in Higher Education Learning, Teaching and Assessment. Palgrave, Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN ISBN-13: 978-3319545516

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Last updated 02 February 2021

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