Vivienne Smith


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Personal Statement

Dr. Vivienne Smith is a lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Strathclyde.

Her interests are in language, literacy and literature and she has published both on the development of children as readers and on children’s literature. She is particularly interested in the positioning reading as a creative and social practice, and in the role of texts in this process: how texts encourage readers to think, to reflect and to moderate their understandings of reading itself.

Recent projects have included Creative Reading  a project with Inverclyde Council, funded by Creative Scotland and,  with Evelyn Arizpe, Reading Fictions: a series of seminars funded by the British Academy to investigate the way readers and reading is portrayed in children’s books.

Her current project: Playful Reading, with Helen Marwick, bridges psychological  and educational perspectives on the teaching of reading, and attempts to develop a robust theoretical understanding of the relationship between play, reading and playfulness in the early years and beyond.


  • reading; comprehension; children's literature

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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 2003 2019

Teacher noticing in language and literacy landscapes of practice

Ellis, S., Rowe, A., Carey, J. & Smith, V., 15 Oct 2019, Developing Habits of Noticing in Literacy and Language Classrooms: Research and practice Across Professional Cultures. Ssimpson, A., Pomerantz, F., Kaufman, D. & Ellis, S. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 59-78 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Citations (Scopus)
41 Downloads (Pure)

Assessment, teacher education and the emergence of professional expertise

Ellis, S. & Smith, V., 31 May 2017, In : Literacy. 51, 2, p. 84-93 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
student teacher
teaching situation


Wiley Research in Literacy Education

Susan Ellis (Recipient) & Vivienne Smith (Recipient), Dec 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2007 2018

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial board member
  • 1 Journal or guest editorship
  • 1 Journal peer review

Contemporary Childhood Conference

Philip Tonner (Participant), Vivienne Smith (Participant), Sharon Jessop (Participant), Valentina Bold (Participant)
6 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Literacy (Journal)

Vivienne Smith (Guest editor)
Jul 2010

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal or guest editorship