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Dr Elizabeth Smears

Dr Elizabeth Smears

Telephone: 0151 231 5447

Biography

The focus of my teaching is on learning development, therapeutic practice, health and wellbeing, particularly through creative engagement. I am qualified as an Integrative Psychotherapist and I work as a therapist in school and University settings I also practice as a counsellor with adults in the voluntary sector. My current research focuses is on creativity and mental health. Previous projects include Esmee Fairbairn funded research into creativity and professional development, Curious Minds funded evaluation of Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education (SLiCE).

If you are interested in any of the areas of practice as described above please do get in touch with me, enquiries about research supervision are also welcome.

Degrees

Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, PhD
University of Central Lancashire, UK, PG Dip Integrative Psychotherapy
Boston University, USA, MEd
University of Central Lancashire, UK, MA

Postgraduate training

Essential Skills in Supervision, United Kingdom, SDS accredited by British Psychological Society, ? - 2015
Diploma: Learning Through Movement, United Kingdom, Jabadao: Health Research and Training Company, ? - 1997

Publications

Conference publication

Smears E, Walsh B, Hiett S. 2015. The Art of Professional Practice in Education International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

Smears E, O'Brien C. 2010. Student voice and creative approaches to learning TARC International Conference on Teaching and Learning: Emerging Trends in Higher Education Learning and teaching A1-3 :25-30

Smears E, Richards K, Franklin S, Sheppard E. How do I handle this? The development of a model of supervision which supports academics engaging with vulnerable students Learning and Teaching Conference

Walsh B, Cronin S, Smears E, Adams J, Stanley G, Elton-Chalcraft S, Hiett, S. Creativity and Beginning Teachers; beliefs and attitudes in times of policy emergence and political change BERA

Smears E, Enriquez-Gibson J, Bath C, Hiett S. Engagement: Research in the Arts and Education. Seminar for Curious Minds/Arts Council England Research Agendas

Smears E, MacRaghnaill S. Mental Health and Wellbeing; academic staff engagement with vulnerable students Teaching and Learning Conference

Smears E, Bird J, Hiett S. Evaluation of SLiCE Project: Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education International Journal of Art and Design Education

Smears E, Hiett S. Assessing the impact of the Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education Project C:ED Talks C: ED Talks

Frankham, J, Smears E. Taking A/Part: the quiet voices of ethnographic research’ International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign

Smears E, O'Brien C. Teaching and assessment at Master’s level: making meaningful connections LJMU Learning and Teaching Conference

Stronach I, Smears E. The politics of ‘touch’: engendering private parts and public wholes International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

Report

Smears E, Hiett S. 2014. Evaluation of SLiCE Project: Cultural Leaders in Education. Commissioned Report for Curious Minds / Arts Council for England

Smears E, Hiett S. 2013. An Investigation into the Understanding and Implementation of State Guidance and Policy on Creativity in Teacher Education. Final report on funded project to Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Frankham J, Smears, E. 2011. Evaluation of Memory’ Report for the National Conference on Dance and Dementia, Arts Council; Chaturangan and Merseyside Dance Initiative

Smears E, Hiett S. An Investigation into the Understanding and Implementation of State Guidance and Policy on Creativity in Teacher Education’ Annual report on funded project to Esmée Fairbairn Foundation An Investigation into the Understanding and Implementation of State Guidance and Policy on Creativity’ Annual report on funded project to Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Smears E, Hiett S. An Investigation into the Understanding and Implementation of State Guidance and Policy on Creativity’ Annual report on funded project to Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Journal article

Frankham J, Smears E. 2012. Choosing not choosing: The indirections of ethnography and educational research Discourse (Abingdon): studies in the cultural politics of education, 33 :361-375 >DOI

Stronach I, Smears E. 2011. The politics of ‘touch’: engendering private parts and public wholes International Review of Qualitative Research, Vol. 4 :271-289

Smears E. 2011. Nana’s Hands International Review of Qualitative Research, Vol 4 :315-316

Smears E, Cronin S, Walsh B. 2011. A Risky Business: creative learning in education TEAN, Vol 1

Smears E, Unsworth M. 2009. Silent witness: student voice and creative approaches to learning Journal of Innovations in Practice, 2 :84-90

Smears E. 2009. An aGENDER for developing professional practice Journal of Innovations in Practice, 1 :48-54

Smears E. 2009. Breaking old habits: professional development through an embodied approach to reflective practice Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 1 :99-110

Smears E. 2008. Our body of knowledge Journal of Innovations in Practice, 1 :69-75

Brown CA, Dickson R, Humphreys A-L, McQuillan V, Smears E. 2008. Promoting academic writing/referencing skills: Outcome of an undergraduate e-learning pilot project BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, 39 :140-156 >DOI >Link

Chapters

Stronach I, Smears E. 2010. Dual ontologies and new ecologies of knowledge: rethinking the politics and poetics of 'touch' Hillyard S. New Frontiers in Ethnography :81-100 Emerald Group Publishing 9781849509428

Engagement & Impact

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: TERN Fellow, Organisation: Teacher Education Research Network ESRC

Fellowship title: Visiting Fellow, Organisation: International Institute of Qualitative Inquiry University of Illionois Urbana-Champaign

Research Grants Awarded:

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, An Investigation into the Understanding and Implementation of State Guidance and Policy on Creativity in Teacher Education, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Hiett, S. Adams, J. Cronin, S. Walsh, B. Jones, M., Grant value (£): £63,000, Duration of research project: 3 years