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School of Education

Staff Profile

Dr Caroline Walker-Gleaves

Deputy Head of Faculty (UG), Social Sciences & Health, Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education in the School of Education

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Caroline Walker-Gleaves is a former secondary school teacher with specialisms in Physics and Music. She has a Masters Degree in Political Science, and she earned her Doctorate in Education from the University of Leicester with a thesis on Pedagogical Caring Philosophy and Practice. Walker-Gleaves has been Senior Lecturer at Durham University since 2010, and prior to that, was Director of Postgraduate Teacher Development at the University of Sunderland.

Walker-Gleaves’ work has been recognized for outstanding pedagogic praxis and scholarship: she was the recipient of a HEFCE National Teaching Fellowship in 2001, and in 2005 she received the International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology (awarded by the US Association of Colleges of Education), and she was also a finalist for the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Outstanding Pedagogic Scholarship. Since joining Durham University, Walker-Gleaves has been honoured with the Durham University Faculty Scholar’s Award for Outstanding contribution to Outreach in 2011, the Durham University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2013, and the Durham University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision in 2014.

Walker-Gleaves teaches Inclusive Education, with areas of specialization in Teachers’ and Academics’ beliefs and values, Relational and Authentic approaches to pedagogical practice, Autobiographical Narrative and Phenomenological approaches to practitioner research, and the educational experiences of looked after and adopted children.

Information for prospective doctoral research student supervisions

Caroline welcomes enquiries from potential doctoral students with interests in special educational needs, inclusive teacher praxis, theories of teacher development, looked after children's educational experiences, and adoptive parents' involvement in their children's learning within school.

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2014: Education Subject Judge:

    International Undergraduate Awards Panel

  • 2014: National Teaching Fellowship Scheme:

    Individual Applicant Reviewer

  • 2013: Visiting Associate Professor:

    Professional Learning, Hong Kong University

  • 2010: Editorial Board Member:



Research Interests

  • Special and Inclusive Education
  • Teachers Beliefs and Practices
  • Narrative and Phenomenological Research

Research Groups


Journal papers: academic

Books: authored

Books: sections

  • Walker, C. & Gleaves, A. (2015). Beyond Longhand: the mentality and physicality of writing by hand. In Beyond Early Writing. Waugh, D., Bushnell, A. & Neaum, S. London: Critical Publishing.
  • Walker-Gleaves, C. (2015). Understanding the educational achievements and difficulties of looked after children. In Making an Impact: Preparing to Teach in Specialist Provision. Martin-Denham, M. London: Sage.
  • Walker, C. & Gleaves, A. (2011). Exploring Creativity within ICT: Concepts, Themes and Practices. In Creativity for a New Curriculum: 5-11. Newton, L.D. Routledge. 94-108.
  • Walker, C. (2011). Listening, Nurturing, Pulling: a passion to teach with care. In Ten Years of the National Teaching Fellowships: Four Stories from Education. Brown, T., Chapman Hoult, E., Hewitt, D., Sadler, D., Walker-Gleaves, C. & Watson, D. Bristol: ESCalate. 17-20.
  • Walker, C. & Gleaves, A. (2011). Thinking back and feeding forward: analyzing the effects of multimedia commentaries on student learning. In Multimedia in Higher Education. InTech Publishers.
  • Reeson, M., Walker-Gleaves, C. & Jepson, N. (2009). Emerging themes: a commentary on interprofessional training between undergraduate dental students and trainee dental technicians. In Dental Implantation and Technology. P.A. Williams New York: Nova Scientific. 71-89.

Edited works: conference proceedings

Reports: official

  • Walker-Gleaves, C. (2014). The Teacher-Learning framework in further education: analysis of its theoretical basis as a means to improving student outcomes. Report to the Further Education Learning Consortium. London: FELC Publications.
  • Walker, C., Gleaves, A. & Grey, J. (2004). An investigation into the use and application of PDAs in the teaching placements of ITT ICT student teachers. Department for Education and Skills. London, TTA/DfES.