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Dr Claire Saunders

Dr Claire Saunders Director, PRAXIS & Staff Tutor, Education

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Professional biography

Having started her career as a primary school teacher, Claire moved into higher education in 2006. Prior to joining the OU full-time in 2019, Claire worked in academic development at Solent University and was Course Leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. She was also an AL at the OU for 8 years, teaching on the Childhood Studies pathway. She now combines a Staff Tutor role in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport with her role as Director of PRAXIS, the scholarship and innovation centre in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education abd Language Studies.

Research interests

Claire's doctoral thesis was entitled, 'Building a community of learners in a university: An ethnographic study' and investigated the role of a writing group in developing the academic writing practices of lecturers in a teaching-led university. Her ongoing research interests relate to the academic writing practices of both lecturers and students.

Teaching interests

Claire's interests lie mainly the in the area of teacher development, with a particular focus on the ways in which teachers can support their students' academic literacy and critical thinking development.

Impact and engagement

PUBLICATIONS
2018 Saunders, C., Groll, A., Bates, S. and Smith, R. ‘The teacher educator experience: Guardians of the pedagogy’ in Identity and Resistance in Further Education. Bennett, P. and Smith, R. (eds). London: Routledge.

2018 Jessop, T., Saunders C. and Pontin, C. ‘The challenges of academic development as a first job: Am I doing it right?’ International Journal for Academic Development.

CONFERENCE PAPERS
2018 Jessop, T. and Saunders, C. ‘Curriculum as counter-narrative: co-constructing a framework for personal knowing’, Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Autumn Conference, Birmingham.

2018 Jessop, T. and Saunders, C. ‘Old and new hands at academic development: Bringing the student heartbeat closer to the action’, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Bergen, Norway.

2018 Saunders, C. and Jessop, T. ‘The writer’s banquet: Creating space for teaching-focused academics to write’, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Bergen, Norway

2018 Jessop, T. and Saunders, C. ‘The unexamined curriculum is not worth knowing (apologies to Socrates), International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Bergen, Norway.

2019 Saunders C. and Powis, B. 'Breaking the code: An academic literacies approach to building students' reading and writing capability', Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Spring Conference, Belfast.

 

Publications

Building a community of writers in a university: An ethnographic study (2020-07-27)
Saunders, Claire
edd thesis The Open University


Building a community of writers in a university (2020)
Saunders, Claire
The Open University