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School of Education

Staff Profile

Dr Caroline Walker-Gleaves

Senior Lecturer, Divisional Director Undergraduate Programmes in the School of Education

Contact Dr Caroline Walker-Gleaves (email at caroline.walker-gleaves@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Caroline Walker-Gleaves is Senior Lecturer in Special Education and Inclusion. Caroline teaches on the PGCE (both Secondary and Primary), the Primary BA (Ed), on the MA (Education) and EdD programmes, and in addition, supervises PhD and EdD thesis students.

Caroline's research has two strands: first, it asks whether autobiographical and narrative approaches to teacher education can help to prepare more caring teachers, whose practices are characterized by relational fidelity and complex reflection. On the basis of her work in this field, Caroline was in 2001, awarded a HEFCE National Teaching Fellowship and in 2005, nominated for the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Outstanding Pedagogic Scholarship. Caroline's other major research interest is in the educational achievements and social and emotional development of looked after children. She is particularly interested in how teachers frequently ‘problematize' such children's abilities, and the ways in which they conceptualize fostered and adopted children's behaviours as narratives of difference and dysfunction.

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.

Queen's Campus Telephone: 01913340186

Supervises

Research Interests

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

Research Groups

Publications

Journal papers: academic

Books: authored

Books: sections

Edited works: conference proceedings

Reports: official

  • 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.