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Sharon Smith

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542625

Sharon joined the Institute of Education at Worcester in 2013, as Senior Lecturer in Education. Her expertise has been extensively in training teaching assistants and early year’s practitioners. She has worked closely with the University of Worcester for some years delivering Foundation Degrees and engaging in research within the University through funded seconded projects.

Prior to her role at the University of Worcester, the majority of her teaching has been within Further Education and she has also been involved in teaching a range of adult learners including those with learning difficulties and disabilities (and learners with Acquired Brain Injury). In addition she has worked in schools with pupils with Special Educational Needs.


MA Education
BA (Hons)
PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Foundation Degrees
Inclusive education and Special Education
The work of Teaching Assistants
Reflective Practice

Research Interests:

Guide project – Perspectives of Inclusive education
Teaching assistant and early years practitioners - the new professionals
Online learning

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy




Smith, S. & Hewston, R. (2015). Using problem-based learning (PBL) and a VLE to promote independent learning. Enhancing Student Engagement through Online Learning Communities, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 20th April 2015.

Hewston , R ., Smith , S., and Woolley, R. ( 2015) Experiences of education professionals supporting learners with additional needs in European Union partner countries. Aston University , Birmingham. TEAN .

Hewston , R ., Smith , S., and Woolley, R. ( 2015) Developing teaching education across Europe: Experiences of partnership working. Dundee. TEPE .

JISC WM –Shared Repository Project “An Institutional Case Study” ( and provided a further evaluation report to JISC(

JISC Project Seconded Post Manage Learning Environment and Virtual Learning Environments
Conference paper – Worcester
(JISC WM –Shared Repository Project “An Institutional Case Study” ( 2006

Smith,S ( 2011) Identifying What has been found – explaining a new position in Callan ,S.and Reed,M.( 2011) Work-Based Research in the Early Years. London. Sage.

Callan,S. , Reed,M. and Smith,S. ( 2012) A pedagogy for educating ‘new professionals’ :an English perspective. in Papatheodorou , T (2012) Early Childhood Policy and Pedagogy in the 21st century: An International Debate. London. Routledge .

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities



External Examiner- Roehampton University

External Examiner- Roehampton University 2010- 2013

University of Chichester 2014 - ongoing