Susannah Smith is a Lecturer in Education in the School of Education. Susannah’s main teaching responsibility is on the PGDip Primary Education (PGCE Advanced) General or Early Years programme where she co-ordinates and teaches the English element of the course. Before joining the University in 1996, Susannah taught for seven years in primary schools in Birmingham and Northamptonshire. Her initial interest was in early years education and she completed her Master’s thesis on teaching through play. Her doctoral thesis was on young successful boy readers.
BEd (Hons) (Leeds)
Susannah’s main teaching responsibility is on the PGDip Primary Education (PGCE Advanced) General or Early Years programme where she co-ordinates and teaches the English element of the course. As well as University-based training, she also works with mentors and trainees in partnership schools.
In addition to this, Susannah teaches on the BA programme.
Susannah supervises students on the MEd (Teaching Studies), EdD, MPhil and PhD programmes.
Susannah’s main research interest is the teaching and learning of English in the early years and primary school curriculum. Within this, her current areas of interest are:
How young children learn to read
Gender aspects of children’s reading
Successful boy readers
The links between reading and identity
Socio-cultural influences on children’s reading
Use of home language in the classroom
Children’s literature, particularly picture books
Multi-modal texts in English teaching
Encouraging children’s voices to be heard in research
Post-structural feminist discourse and methodologies
Editorial board of The Journal of Reading, Writing and Literacy.
Smith, G. and Smith, S. (2012) From values to virtues: an investigation into the ethical content of English primary school assemblies, British Journal of Religious Education, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2011.649344
Smith, S. (2006) The Reading Behaviours of Young Successful Boy Readers in the Classroom, The Journal of Reading, Writing and Literacy, 1(1)
Smith, S. (2004) The non-fiction reading habits of young successful boy readers: forming connections between masculinity and reading. Literacy, 38 (1)
Smith, S. (2000) Children at Play, In Mills, J. and Mills, R. (eds.) Childhood Studies: A Reader in perspectives of childhood. Routledge