Staff Profiles: Ben Screech

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Staff Profile: Ben Screech
Lecturer in Primary English

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Ben Screech

Lecturer in Primary English

Teacher Education

Ben Screech is an English subject specialist with a particular interest in children's and young-adult fiction, and specifically; its innovative use to support teaching and learning.

Biography

?Ben Screech has previously worked as a primary teacher (in both mainstream and SEND environments) and youth worker with a Bristol-based children’s charity. At the University of Gloucestershire, Ben teaches mostly on modules relating to his subject specialism - children’s and young-adult literature. In addition, he is in the process of completing his PhD in English, which focuses on representations of marginalised young people in contemporary children’s and YA fiction.

Qualifications

Award Title Institution Date
BA (Hons) English University of the West of England 2008
MA English University of the West of England 2009
PGCE Primary Education University of the West of England 2010
PhD Reading Otherness in British Fiction for Young People, 2001 - 2012 University of the West of England

Awards

2015 Santander Travel Award

Teaching and research

Teaching

BE4005 (1st Year English)

BE5005 (2nd Year English)

Core Strength / Subject Specialism (English)

Post-Graduate ‘School Direct’ route – Professional Studies

Level

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Research

?My PhD thesis is entitled: ‘Reading Otherness in British Fiction for Young People, 2001-2012’. It is an inter-disciplinary study, merging literary analysis of contemporary children’s literature with a qualitative ‘reader-response’ study of young readers’ reactions and responses to the theme of ‘otherness’ in the thesis’s primary texts.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Children’s and Young-Adult Literature

Pedagogical uses of children’s books

Qualitative Research Methods in Education

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