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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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Newcastle University

External positions

Associate Editor, International Journal of Student Voice

1 Sep 2015 → …

Deputy Editor, International Journal of Educational Research

1 Jan 2013 → …


  • Practitioner Enquiry
  • Innovative Pedagogies
  • Visual Methodology
  • Metacognition/Thinking Skills
  • Professional Learning
  • Enquiry-Based approaches
  • Democratic Education
  • Voice
  • Ethical Process

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Projects 2020 2020

Research Output 2001 2019

Engaging young children in the research process

Minnis, H., Crawford, K., Lang, J., Moya, N., Karagiorgou, O., Wall, K., Arnott, L., Cassidy, C., Theriault, V. & Blaisdell, C., 23 Apr 2019, Glasgow. 17 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
research process
28 Downloads (Pure)

Look who's talking: factors for considering the facilitation of very young children's voices

Wall, K., Cassidy, C., Robinson, C., Hall, E., Beaton, M., Kanyal, M. & Mitra, D., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Early Childhood Research. 17, 4, p. 263-278 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
United Nations
educational setting
age group


Framing, explaining and forming the National Improvement Framework

Author: Coutts, L., 1 Oct 2018

Supervisor: Adams, P. (Supervisor) & Wall, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Research Briefing: using creative, playful arts-based methods in research with young children.

Lorna Arnott (To be assigned), Kate Wall (To be assigned), Caralyn Blaisdell (To be assigned)
Jul 2018 → …

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation