Pauline Sangster


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  • MA (Hons) English Language and Literature (Edinburgh University)
  • PGDE (Secondary) (Moray House) English and German (with distinction)
  • Secondary Teaching qualification in Media Education (Edinburgh)
  • MEd (Edinburgh) (with distinction)
  • PhD (Edinburgh)

I studied English Language and Literature at Edinburgh University before working for fifteen years in several schools in the Edinburgh area. I returned to part-time academic study on a Master's Programme in 1992 in Edinburgh University when I joined the School of Education as a Lecturer in Language Studies, and completed the MEd in 1996. My PhD, completed in 2002, investigated the listening practices of pupils and the teaching practices of teachers within the sociocultural contexts of secondary school English classrooms. I teach on several Masters' courses including the School's Generic Research Methods courses. I also teach on the EdD Programme. I am currently the Director of the School's PhD Programme and Co-Director of the EdD Programme.

Current Research Interests

I am interested in language education and in teaching practices which lead to effective learning. Specific areas include:

  • literacy, language learning and teaching

  • listening

  • literature and language

  • media literacies

  • critical literacy and critical pedogogies

  • tutoring and reflective practice

  • teacher education

Research Supervision:

I am happy to supervise research under the headings above. I am currently supervising six doctoral students in the following areas:

  • Cross-curricular literacies

  • EAL provision in mainstream English classrooms.

  • Metacognition and listening in 2nd language learning.

  • Chinese students' transitions into Higher Education in Scotland

  • Critical literacy

Collaborative Activity

I am currently involved in six main areas of personal academic research:

  • The teaching and testing of writing: are they fit for purpose? With Dr Graeme Trousdale, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.
  • Listening within the sociocultural contexts of classrooms.
  • Framing pupils' engagement with genres of text: a case study. With Dr Charles Anderson, School of Education.
  • Investigating and analysing teachers in training/ tutor conferences. With Dr Charles Anderson, School of Education.
  • Early career researchers. With Dr Moira Hulme, Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow.
  • EAL and mainstreaming with Yvonne Foley and Dr Charles Anderson, School of Education.


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