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Dr Linda Graham, SFHEA

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Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies

I joined the University of Sunderland in November 2018, as a Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Childhood Studies in the School of Social Sciences. I was awarded Senior Fellow status in Higher Education Academy (HEA).

I teach undergraduate modules relating to representations of childhood, inclusion, values and ethics, childhood from global perspectives, research methodologies and methods.

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

PhD (2023) ‘Once my mam and dad have gone out of my room when it’s bedtime, I unlock my duvet cover on my bed, and I get inside and read’.
Listening to Young Children’s Voices: Researching Children’s Experiences of Reading for Pleasure.

Teaching and supervision

I teach a range of modules and I'm module leader for:

  • The Nature and Culture of Childhood
  • Children and Young People in Global Contexts 
  • Researching Childhood 
  • Theorising Childhood

I also supervise student dissertations on BA (Hons)  Childhood Studies and MA Childhood and Youth Studies.

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 first year experience
  • Student engagement


I am currently working on a research project working exploring the use of exemplars to enhance students' assessment literacy.


Last updated 28 February 2024