Sue Smedley

Sue Smedley


  • 227 Grove House, Froebel


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Personal profile


I currently teach a range of undergraduate courses on the Education and Early Childhood Studies programmes. I am Head of Undergraduate Taught Programmes. My research interest at the moment is the contemporary relevance of Froebel's theories and I am involved in a Froebel Trust funded project, with lead researcher Dr Kate Hoskins. Prior to joining Roehampton, I worked as a primary school teacher in South East London. I spent several years teaching in the English Department of the teacher training programme here, before transferring my teaching focus to Education and Early Childhood Studies, where I teach courses about aspects of psychology, history, sociology and philosophy, as well as contemporary issues, critical reading and the Froebelian legacy.

Research interests

My doctoral research was entitled, 'Men learning to be primary school teachers.' My research approach is qualitative, underpinned by a focus on gender, autobiography, language and discourse, and informed by contextualised, critical reading and writing.

Current research interests include:

  • Men student teachers and teachers' professionalism.
  • The contemporary relevance of Froebel's theories.
  • The culture of being a student.
  • Creative ways to support reflective writing.

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