Institute for Research in Social Sciences

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Professor Linda Clarke

Research Associate
Institute for Research in Social Sciences

School of Education
University of Ulster
Coleraine campus
Cromore Road
Co. Londonderry
BT52 1SA
Phone: +44 28 70124254


Linda Clarke was born in Brooklyn, New York, moving to Northern Ireland in early childhood.  She  qualified as a teacher in 1983 and served as a Geography teacher and head of department for 15 years. Her Masters degree is in Education Technology and her PhD examines the use of Elearning in Teacher Education. She was appointed as a lecturer in Education at the University of Ulster in 2001 and senior lecturer in 2008, with teaching responsibilities in initial teacher education (as Course Director in PGCE Geography) and in CPD courses in the ICT pathway of the MEd.

Linda Clarke served as Head of the School of Education from 2009 to 2013, leading the school through a range of key strategic developments and series of professional course inspection and accreditation procedures.

Linda chaired the 2011-12 university-wide review of Widening Access and Participation and has just taken up the role as Chair of the University BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Project.  She is External Examiner for the innovative Graduate Diploma /Master of Arts in Digital Media Development for Education at the University of Limerick.

Research interests

Linda’s key research interests lie in Teacher Education and Pedagogical Practiceand are built around her teaching and leadership in Ulster and also her leadership and support roles in some of the key Education bodies, especially in respect of teacher education.  Linda is the Northern Chair of the cross-border body for teacher education – the Standing Council for Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS)  ( Linda opening recent annual conference with Northern Ireland Minister John O’Dowd, MLA and Irish Minister Ciaran Cannon, TD ). In June 2013, Linda was commissioned by the BERA-RSA Inquiry into Teacher Education to write a Review of UK policy and practice  (with Prof Gary Beauchamp, Dr Moira Hulme and Prof Jean Murray). Linda also served as Chair of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCETNI) Committee which comprises the leaders of teacher education in all of the local HEI ITE providers. She is a member of the UK Teacher Education Group Committee and also served as member of the steering committee of ESCalate, the HEA’s subject centre for Education.

Linda developed a PGCE Local and Global Citizenship Education partnership with Chancellor College, Malawi, (Lessons Today for Change Tomorrow) and, additionally, with Eduardo Mondale University, Mozambique and Makerere University, Uganda, for the British Council funded Developing More Effective School-HEI Partnerships in Initial Teacher Education Project (with Professor Anne Moran).

Linda also conducts research into the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning including the use of tablet computers in primary classrooms (see also Teaching Interests) and is a member of the Editorial Board of Technology, Pedagogy and Education

Linda Has worked in several collaborative teams to develop a range of curriculum projects several of which are interdisciplinary and all of which are research-based.  The Forward Thinking NI (with Prof Valerie McKelvey Martin) project is funded by the Wellcome Trust and Astra Zeneca and has supported the design, development and evaluation of the Communities of Scientific Enquiry  approach to teaching science in primary and post primary schools. Linda is part of the team which secured funding from DCAL for investigating and expanding Ulster Scots teaching resources for the Northern Ireland Curriculum.