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Ms Alison Baker

Senior Lecturer

Primary PGCE lecturer. English subject leader. Research interests: Social class in children's fiction; representation and picture books; developing reading for pleasure with Primary teachers

    I obtained my PGCE at University of Leeds, and taught in First, Primary and Middle schools in Yorkshire and London. I worked for London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and London Borough of Newham on teacher recruitment and Early Professional Development, then at the London campus of University of Gloucestershire, teaching English and Professional Studies on the Primary PGCE and GTPs. I joined UEL in 2010.

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Children's programme coordinator, Eastercon 2019 (Ytterbium)


    The use of social networking to support trainee teachers' reading for pleasure (with Caroline Elbra-Ramsay, York St John University) York St John and UEL Goodiscussion group:

    "Every child should be able to relate to their literature": Trainee teachers investigating cultural diversity in picture books




    Inside the world of Harry Potter

    Ed. Christopher, E. Bell. 2018. McFarland & Co.

    Presentation: "Using social networking to develop trainees teachers’ subject knowledge of children’s literature and the importance of reading for pleasure" Cass School of Education Research and Knowledge exchange



    Children's sense of genre and development of reading taste. Social Capital in children's fantasy fiction. The use of social media in extending and supporting trainee teachers' knowledge of children's literature. UEL Goodreads discussion group.

    "Every child should be able to relate to their literature": Trainee teachers investigating cultural diversity in picturebooks — Alison Baker

    I am in the final year of my PhD on white working class children in children's fantasy fiction. I am interested in the representation of social class in fantasy, and how child readers perceive it.
    I have carried out research with trainee teachers on representation in picture books, and their perceptions of the importance of children seeing diversity. 



    Primary PGCE
    Module leader for Assessment and Subject Knowledge in Children's Fantasy Fiction