I am interested in the impact on educational experience and outcomes from the interplay between adopted adolescents’ identity development, parental aspirations, teacher perceptions of adoption and academic expectations.
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My research examines the psychological identity of adopted adolescents and considers how this relates to mental health, relations with parents and peers, academic and career aspirations. There is an identified disparity in educational experiences and outcomes between adopted children and their non-adopted peers. Adopted children as a cohort form a hidden and vulnerable group; recently available data illustrates significant underperformance for adopted children.Using a mixed methods approach I will be exploring the impact on education experience and outcomes through the concept of narrative adoptive identity by taking account of adolescents’ perspectives and how these relate to perceptions of adoption by parents and teachers.
Using a mixed methods approach I will be exploring the concept of narrative adoptive identity by taking account of adolescents’ perspectives and how these relate to perceptions of adoption by parents and teachers.
Economic & Social Research Council, School of Psychology
1997 – 2000 BSc (Hons) Psychology (Staffordshire University)
2000 – 2001 PGCE Primary (University of Gloucestershire)
2006 – 2007 PG Cert Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (UWE)
2010 – 2012 MA Education (UWE)
2007 – 2011 External Examiner BA primary Education (University of Bedfordshire)
2001 – 2003 Class Teacher, Avening Primary School (Gloucestershire)
2003 – 2006 Head of Maths, St Rose’s Special School (Gloucestershire)
2006 – 2012 Senior Lecturer Primary & Early Years Education & Psychology (UWE)
2012 – 2015 Associate Lecturer Primary Education & Psychology, Professional Tutor (UWE)