Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis



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Area of academic expertise - outline

I am the UWS representative on the Scottish Government-funded project, Measuring Quality in Initial Teacher Education. I have conducted research on active learning in the early stages of primary school. I remain interested in the area of children's literature and its use in the primary classroom. 

Current research activities

Upcoming projects include an exploration and comparison of reflection by and among ITE students.

Desired research direction

With five years' experience leading a large undergraduate ITE programme, and five years' experience of leading the PGDE Primary programme, I have access to rich "data" regarding students, their experiences on placement, and their perceived competence.  I am keen to research more formally this area.



Target collaborative companies

Collaboration with colleagues in other Schools of Education or other universities in Scotland and elsewhere.

Target collaborative organisations

Other universities, such as the Department of Teacher Education and Sport at Sogn og Fjordane University College in Sogndal in Norway. 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Early childhood and literacy development

Active learning

Children's literature

ITE students' reflections on perceived professional competence

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

External examiner at the University of Dundee


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