Professor Kate Wall


Personal statement

My work focuses on the development of innovative pedagogies and research methodologies (including visual approaches) that facilitate effective talk about learning (metacognition). I am interested in the development and exploration of democratic spaces where learners can talk about their experiences of learning.

I have worked extensively in partnership with teachers of all ages and stages, using practitioner enquiry approachesand have a growing interest in how tools with pedagogic and methodological origins can be used to support theorised practice. I have used the same ideas when working under a 'students as researchers' or student voice heading with children as young as 4. I am interested in methodologies for gathering learners’ views on experience, curriculum and learning. I am particularly interested in how visual approaches can facilitate voice with young children – I often think we have not been asking children their opinion or to participate in appropriate ways. I am interested in generating knowledge of ethical practice for eliciting voice within a democratic community and to do this, particularly with young children, then I think we need to look to more creative methods and practices for supporting the level of participation and ensuring authentic voice.


Look who's talking : factors for considering the facilitation of very young children's voices
Wall Kate, Cassidy Claire, Robinson Carol, Hall Elaine, Beaton Mhairi, Kanyal Mallika, Mitra Dana
Journal of Early Childhood Research Vol 17, pp. 263-278 (2019)
Engaging young children in the research process
Minnis Helen, Crawford Karen, Lang Jason, Moya Nasreen, Karagiorgou Olga, Wall Kate, Arnott Lorna, Cassidy Claire, Theriault Virginie, Blaisdell Caralyn
The way to be an enquiring practitioner : an interview with Professor Kate Wall
Shen W, Wall Kate
Teacher Development Research Vol 3, pp. 62-68 (2019)
Look who's talking : using creative, playful arts-based methods in research with young children
Blaisdell Caralyn, Arnott Lorna, Wall Kate, Robinson Carol
Journal of Early Childhood Research Vol 17, pp. 14-31 (2019)
Research Methods for Understanding Professional Learning
Hall Elaine, Wall Kate
Building a bridge between pedagogy and methodology : emergent thinking on notions of quality in practitioner enquiry
Wall Kate
Scottish Educational Review (2018)

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