Dr Clare Dowdall
Lecturer in Education
+44 (0)1392 724888
North Cloisters NC128
North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
I joined the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education as Lecturer in Education (Language and Literacy) in 2020. My current research focuses on children’s writing and text production in a variety of school-based and informal contexts. I completed my PhD in children's text production in online social networking sites in 2012, and have been working in this evolving area ever since.
In March 2022 I was awarded a British Academy/ Leverhulme SR grant to investigate teaching narrative writing with digital resources and apps.
I am currently deputy programme lead for the MA Education Online Programme, and most of my teaching is within this Programme. I also supervise doctoral candidates on the MPhil/ PhD and EdD Programmes. Prior to working in the School of Education, I was employed as a Lecturer in Language and Literacy Education at University of Plymouth from 2001. I have extensive experience of teaching, supervising and examining across the full range of educational programmes, including PhD, EdD, MA, PGCE and B.Ed.
I have an active interest in all aspects of literacy education and policy. I am a long-standing member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association. I currently sit on their Executive Council, with responsibility for convening the UKLA Research Sub-Committee. From 2015-2018 I co-edited the UKLA’s journal Literacy. I have also co-edited two special issues of Literacy: Popular Culture and Curriculum (2014) and Assessment, Accountability and Policy (2017).
I graduated from Exeter University with a BA(Ed) in English and Drama in 1997. I worked in Devon, as a teacher and literacy subject leader, and then completed an MA(Ed) in Language and Literacy with University of Plymouth. For this, I researched children’s text production in out of school contexts. In 2010 I was the recipient of the UKLA/Wiley Blackwell Research in Literacy Award for my paper: Impressions, improvisations and compositions: reframing children's text production in the digital age, Literacy, 43(2) pp 91-99.
BA(Ed)(Hons) Primary English with Education and Drama (QTS), University of Exeter - Dissertation Special Award
MA(Ed) Language and Literacy, University of Plymouth
PhD, University of Plymouth
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My current research focuses on children’s writing and text production in a variety of school-based and informal contexts. In March 2022 I was awarded a British Academy/ Leverhulme SR grant to investigate teaching narrative writing with digital resources and apps. In 2016 I was awarded a small research award from the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) to investigate teacher knowledge about writing.
From 2017 to 2020 I co-convened the UKLA Digital Literacies in Education SIG. As part of this work, I co-convened the UKLA Digital Literacies in Education Task Group with Professor Cathy Burnett, Sheffield Hallam University. This group was funded by UKLA to develop research-informed resources for teachers to promote critical and creative engagement with digital literacies.
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MA Education Online experience and responsibilities
Deputy Programme Leader (from September 2022)
Module leader and tutor - Dissertation Module (EFPM013)
Module leader and tutor - Language and Literacy 'Reading Rights' Module (EFPM009)
Module leader and tutor - Language and Literacy 'Writing Matters' Module (EFPM012)
- EFPM009Z1 - Reading Rights
- EFPM009Z3 - Reading Rights
- EFPM012Z1 - Writing Matters
- EFPM012Z3 - Writing Matters
- EFPM012Z5 - Writing Matters