Claire is a Staff Tutor in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport. She started her career as a primary school teacher, having trained at Homerton College, Cambridge. She moved into higher education in 2006 and her most recent previous post was as a Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching at Solent University, where she was Course Leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Claire's doctoral thesis was entitled, 'Building a community of learners in a university: An ethnographic study' and investigated the role of a writing group in developing the academic writing practices of lecturers in a teaching-led university. Her ongoing research interests relate to the academic writing practices of both lecturers and students.
Claire's interests lie mainly the in the area of teacher development, with a particular focus on the ways in which teachers can support their students' academic literacy and critical thinking development.
2018 Saunders, C., Groll, A., Bates, S. and Smith, R. ‘The teacher educator experience: Guardians of the pedagogy’ in Identity and Resistance in Further Education. Bennett, P. and Smith, R. (eds). London: Routledge.
2018 Jessop, T., Saunders C. and Pontin, C. ‘The challenges of academic development as a first job: Am I doing it right?’ International Journal for Academic Development.
2018 Jessop, T. and Saunders, C. ‘Curriculum as counter-narrative: co-constructing a framework for personal knowing’, Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Autumn Conference, Birmingham.
2018 Jessop, T. and Saunders, C. ‘Old and new hands at academic development: Bringing the student heartbeat closer to the action’, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Bergen, Norway.
2018 Saunders, C. and Jessop, T. ‘The writer’s banquet: Creating space for teaching-focused academics to write’, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Bergen, Norway
2018 Jessop, T. and Saunders, C. ‘The unexamined curriculum is not worth knowing (apologies to Socrates), International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Bergen, Norway.
2019 Saunders C. and Powis, B. 'Breaking the code: An academic literacies approach to building students' reading and writing capability', Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Spring Conference, Belfast.
Building a community of writers in a university: An ethnographic study (2020-07-27)
edd thesis The Open University
Building a community of writers in a university (2020)
The Open University