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Dr Doreen Challen MA PGCE PhD

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Dr Doreen Challen is Senior Teaching Fellow within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

Doreen Challen studied languages and psychology before moving into primary education. She has held responsibility for teaching English on the primary PGCE programme since 2000, manages the MA Ed Dissertation through Flexible Study and contributes to MSc and doctoral programmes. Her research interest, originally in the area of language and literacy education, has led to a much wider interest in aspects of pedagogy, culture and identity.

Research interests

  • Socio-cultural approaches to literacy education 
  • Guided reading: pedagogy, theory and practice 
  • Classroom interaction 
  • Developing professional learning in higher education 
  • Learner aspirations and schooling

Research group

Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness (LSIE) Research Centre

Affiliate research group

Higher Education Research Group

  • Lead tutor, MA Ed Dissertation through Flexible study
  • Lead tutor, Primary PGCE English
  • School of Education Library Representative
  • Joint Lead Tutor, MSc module Mentoring and Staff Development

External Activities

  • External examiner, University of Warwick, PGCE (Primary and Early Years), 2010-2013
  • External examiner, University of Reading, PGCE (Primary/Primary with French),
  • Treasurer, member of Executive Council, Publications and Conference Committees, United Kingdom Literacy Association (2010-)


  • British Educational Research Association
  • Higher Education Academy
  • International Reading Association
  • United Kingdom Literacy Association

Awards & Memberships

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching, 2007,2011

  • Primary PGCE
  • MA (Ed) Dissertation through Flexible Study
  • MSc
  • MPhil/PhD
Dr Doreen Challen
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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