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Dr Vivienne Smith



Personal statement

Dr. Vivienne Smith is a lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Strathclyde.

Her interests are in language, literacy and literature and she has published both on the development of children as readers and on children’s literature. She is particularly interested in the positioning reading as a creative and social practice, and in the role of texts in this process: how texts encourage readers to think, to reflect and to moderate their understandings of reading itself.

Recent projects have included Creative Reading  a project with Inverclyde Council, funded by Creative Scotland and,  with Evelyn Arizpe, Reading Fictions: a series of seminars funded by the British Academy to investigate the way readers and reading is portrayed in children’s books.

Her current project: Playful Reading, with Helen Marwick, bridges psychological  and educational perspectives on the teaching of reading, and attempts to develop a robust theoretical understanding of the relationship between play, reading and playfulness in the early years and beyond.


Literacy, language and wellbeing
Smith Vivienne, Ellis Susan
Wellbing, Education and Contemporary SchoolingWellbing, Education and Contemporary Schooling, (2017)
Assessment, teacher education and the emergence of professional expertise
Ellis Sue, Smith Vivienne
Literacy Vol 51, pp. 84-93, (2017)
Children's literature in the classroom and the curriculum
Smith Vivienne
The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and AssessmentThe SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, (2015)
The forbidden word : readers in dystopia
Smith Vivienne
Children as Readers in Children's LiteratureChildren as Readers in Children's Literature, (2015)
Children as Readers in Children's Literature : the Power of Texts and the Importance of Reading
Arizpe Evelyn, Smith Vivienne
Telling aliens about books : what young children think about reading
Marwick Helen, Smith Vivienne
UK Literacy Association (UKLA) 50th International Conference, July, 2014, University of Sussex, UK, (2014)

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Professional activities

Literacy (Journal)
Guest editor
Literacy (Journal)
Editorial board member
Literacy (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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Trainee Teachers’ Perceptions of Poetry and their attitudes to Poetry Teaching
Smith, Vivienne (Academic) Jajdelska, Elspeth (Academic)
The aim of this investigation is to explore student teachers’ attitudes bring to their studies towards poetry at an early stage of their career, before they have had any pedagogical input from course tutors on the topic. The investigation will seek to identify these attitudes and the formative influences on these attitudes.
Period 31-Oct-2014 - 30-Jun-2015
Reading Fictions
Smith, Vivienne (Principal Investigator)
seires of research seminars in children's literature investigating the way reading is positioned in texts for young readers
Period 14-Oct-2011 - 14-Jun-2013
Inspiring authors, creative reading
Smith, Vivienne (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2012 - 31-Dec-2013

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