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Dr Linda Saunders

Senior Lecturer - Master's in Education and EdD

Tel: 020 8240 4805

About Research


Linda is a senior lecturer in primary English. She teaches on the Educational Doctorate and on the MA courses in Pedagogy and Leading Innovation and Change. She is a PhD and Ed Doc supervisor. Her initial work in ITT began in 2000, as the first English tutor for the Primary Catholic Partnership SCITT in Southampton.

Linda taught for 26 years in special and mainstream primary schools. She has been a primary class teacher, leading literacy teacher, primary deputy head teacher and advisory support teacher for special educational needs. She has studied and taught at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

A specialist in the assessment of primary English, Linda continues to combine university-based work with secondary and primary school CPD training and long-term school consultancy contracts.

Professional / Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD. Aliteracy in the young adolescent: An investigation of reading preferences, selection techniques and motivations for recreational reading
  • M.Ed. Assessment and Learning/ Specific Learning Difficulties/ Research Methods in Education
  • B.Ed. Education of Children with Severe Learning Difficulties/ Primary Education
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Journal review work:

  • Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy: International Literacy Association
  • Reflect Ed: School of Education, St Mary’s University


  • Reading motivation
  • Reading selection strategies
  • Achievement motivation

Presentations and publications:

  • Saunders. L.C. ( 2018). Reading aliteracy in young adolescents: Exploring pedagogy to support disengaged readers. Paper presented at the BERA International Conference Newcastle, UK.
  • Saunders L.C. (2018). Establishing classroom pedagogy for reading motivation and engagement Paper presented at the Literacy skills in educational environments conference by the Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education, Biała Podlaska, and the University of Lublin, Poland
  • Saunders. L.C. (2016). A cross-phase investigation into the construct validity of tools for the measurement of reading motivation and engagement in 11–14 year old pupils. Paper presented at the Finra |3rd Baltic Sea Conference/ 17th Nordic Literacy Conference, Turku/˚Abo, Finland 
  • Saunders. L.C. (2016). Measuring reading motivation and engagement in 11-14 year old pupils: An investigation of existing methods in diverse school settings. Paper presented at the International Conference of the United Kingdom Literacy Association, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Saunders, L (2015) Progression in Primary English London: Sage 
  • Tulloch, Cullen, Jones, Saunders, Turner (2012) Primary English across the curriculum, Learning Matters/Sage 
  • Saunders, L.C. (2011). Empowering aliterate adolescents to engage with personal reading. Paper and article presented at the International Conference of the United Kingdom Literacy Association, University of Chester, United Kingdom
  • Saunders, L .C. (2010). Addressing the international issue of aliteracy from a New Zealand perspective. Paper presented at the International Reading Association World Reading Conference, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Saunders, L.C. (2009). The book selection strategies of young adolescents: An investigation of reading preferences and selection techniques for recreational reading.  Paper presented at the Arts and Language Educational Research Forum, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

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