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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 : using creative, playful arts-based methods in research with young children
Blaisdell Caralyn, Arnott Lorna, Wall Kate, Robinson Carol
Journal of Early Childhood Research, (2018)
What does learning look like? Using cartoon story boards to investigate student perceptions (from 4 to 15) of learning something new
Wall Kate, Higgins Steve, Hall Elaine, Gascoine Louise
Good QuestionsGood Questions, (2017)
Look who's talking : eliciting the voices of children from birth to seven
Wall Kate, Arnott Lorna, Cassidy Claire, Beaton Mhairi, Christensen Pia, Dockett Sue, Hall Elaine, I'Anson John, Kanyal Mallika, McKernan Gerard, Pramling Ingrid, Robinson Carol
International Journal of Student Voice Vol 2, (2017)
The teacher in teacher-practitioner research : three principles of inquiry
Wall Kate, Hall Elaine
Teachers and Teacher Educators Learning Through InquiryTeachers and Teacher Educators Learning Through Inquiry, (2017)
Exploring the ethical issues related to visual methodology when including young children’s voice in wider research samples
Wall Kate
International Journal of Inclusive Education Vol 21, pp. 316-331, (2017)
The assessment of metacognition in children aged 4-16 years : a systematic review
Gascoine Louise, Higgins Steve, Wall Kate
Review of Education Vol 5, pp. 3-57, (2017)

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