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Linda Clarke

Research Director
School of Education
Ulster University
Ireland

Biography

Linda Clarke was born in Brooklyn, New York, moving to Northern Ireland in early childhood. She qualified as a teacher in 1983 and served as a Geography teacher and head of department for 15 years. Her Masters degree is in education technology and her PhD examines the use of Elearning in initial teacher education. She was appointed as a Lecturer in education at Ulster University in 2001 and Senior Lecturer in 2008, with teaching responsibilities in initial teacher education (as Course Director in PGCE Geography) and in CPD courses in the ICT pathway of the MEd. Linda served as Head of the School of Education from 2009 to 2013 leading the school through a range of key strategic developments including external course inspection and professional accreditation procedures. She chaired the 2011-12 University-wide review of Widening Access and Participation and the Bring your Own Device (BYOD) Project Board, 2013-14. She has worked in several interdisciplinary collaborative teams to develop a range of curriculum projects including 'The Forward Thinking NI' project is funded by the Wellcome Trust and Astra Zeneca (with Prof Valerie McKelvey Martin) which led to the design, development and evaluation of the Communities of Scientific Enquiry approach to teaching science in primary and post primary schools.

Research Interest

Her key research interests lie in teacher education and pedagogical practice and are also based in her leadership and support roles in some of the key teacher education bodies. Linda also conducts research into the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning, including, most recently, the use of tablet computers, She is a member of the Editorial Board of Technology, Pedagogy and Education and a reviewer for several key education journals.

Publications

  • A place for fundamental (British) values in teacher education in Northern Ireland? Journal of Education for Teaching Date: (2016)

  • Mapping teacher status and career-long professional learning: the Place Model Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education Date: (2016)

  • Education for democratic citizenship in Malawian secondary schools: balancing student voice and adult privilege Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education Date: (2017)

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