Ms Clare McAlister

Teaching Fellow


Personal statement

I joined the University in 2009. Prior to this I was Principal Teacher of Geography in a secondary school and completed a two year secondment to the University of Glasgow between 2005-2007.  I am the Deputy Course Leader for the PGDE and the Course Leader for Secondary.  I teach across the Masters, PGDE and the BA courses. 

My aim is to assist new, and etablished,  teachers in developing approaches to learning and teaching that support active learning in and outside of the classroom.  I am enthusiastic about teaching geography in secondary and primary schools and in pedagogies that develop understanding of sustainable development. I have introduced 'Learning for Sustainability' across all courses and supported colleagues in developing skills in this area. 

I work with a varity of approaches to support students including cooperative learning, outdoor learning and disciplinary literacy and I work in schools with teachers on cooperative learning and disciplinary literacy.


Literacy across learning. Contemporary? Empowering? Better change for children
McAlister Clare, Ellis Susan
Contemporary Childhood Conference (2014)
Genre pedagogy and literacy across learning
McAlister Clare, Ellis Susan
Scottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2014 (2014)
Implementing literacy across the curriculum – a case study of geography teachers' change and development
McAlister Clare, Ellis Susan
BERA Annual Conference (2013)
Geography education
McAlister Clare
Scottish Education (2013) (2013)
Implementing literacy across the curriculum – a case study of geography teachers' change and development
McAlister Clare, Ellis Susan
Dissemination Conference Comenius Project: Teacher Learning for European Literacy Education (TeL4ELE) (2013)
Successful cooperative learning training : a case study in initial teacher education (ITE)
McAlister Clare, Casal Sonia
European Conference on Educational Research 2012 (2012)

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Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Deputy Course Leader/Secondary Course Leader

PGDE CCL Geography - Geography Coordinator


PGDE PL - Geography

PGDE Professional Specialisation - Cooperative Learning

PGDE CCL Primary - Social Studies Coordinator - Geography/LfS

PGT Masters - Learning for Sustainability

Masters Dissertations Supervisor

BA 4 People Place and Environment (PPE) and Outdoor Learning

BA 3 Learning for Sustainability through Social Studies, RME and PE (Social Studies Coordinator)

BA 2 Learning for Sustainability Theory and Practice



Research interests

I am interested in disciplinary literacy and how experienced teachers can be empowered to embed new literacy pedagogies into the secondary curriculum.  I am currently working in a large secondary school in Glasgow with teachers of all disciplines to improve literacy in their subject area.  In addition, I work with pedagogical frameworks that impact on student teacher learning about cooperative and collaborative pedagogies. 

Professional activities

IGU-CGE (External organisation)

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Disciplinary literacies in Secondary School Education
Ellis, Susan (Co-investigator) McAlister, Clare (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 31-Aug-2021

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