Teresa Cremin is Professor of Education (Literacy) at the Open University. A fellow of the English Association and the Academy of Social Sciences, Teresa is also a director of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, (CPRT), a trustee of the UK Literacy Association (UKLA), and the Society for Educational Studies (SES), and a Board Member of Booktrust. Additionally Teresa co-convenes the British Educational Research Association’s Creativity Special Interest Group and is a member of the Education and Social Research Council’s Peer Review College. Previously she has served as president of the UK Reading Association and the UKLA and as a trustee of the Poetry Archive.
Teresa undertakes research and consultancy with and for various organisations, including for example The Reading Agency, The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, The Carnegie UK Trust, The British Council, Cheltenham Festivals, Arts Council England and the Arvon Foundation. Her socio-cultural research focuses mainly on teachers’ literate identities and practices, the pedagogies of reading and writing for pleasure, and creativity in teaching and learning from the early years through to Higher Education. Her research is frequently co-participative, involving teachers as researchers both in school and children’s homes. Her most recent reading focused research explored the nature and practices of Reading Teachers-teachers who read and readers who teach (Commeyras, 2003) and the social practices which characterise communities of readers in the primary phase. She has also explored extracurricular reading groups in secondary schools and is seeking to research teachers’ reading groups. Currently Teresa is working on projects examining teachers as writers, professional writers’ identities and composing practices, and the impact of Punchdrunk Enrichment’s immersive theatre Prospero’s Island on KS3 students. Teresa has written and edited over 25 books and numerous academic papers and professional texts.
America: the twilight years?
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