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Name Dr Malcolm Reed
Job title Senior Lecturer in Education
Department School of Education University of Bristol
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Qualifications BA (York), MA (Educ) (London), PhD (Bristol)
Professional details
Keywords sociocultural perspectives on literacy and interaction
applied sociocultural theory
narrative ethnography
managing the literacy curriculum
secondary school cultures
Areas of expertise Research Interests

Sociocultural perspectives on literacy and interaction; applied sociocultural theory; narrative ethnography.


I have a long-standing interest in children's writing in secondary schools and support pedagogic development in schools facing challenging circumstances. Previous research into literacy and interaction is published in Managing the Literacy Curriculum (Webster, Beveridge & Reed, 1996). At both theoretical and practical levels, I seek to apply and extend perspectives in cultural-historical and activity theory in relation to school classrooms. I also explore secondary school cultures through non-traditional, ethnographic methods and have published to date five narratives in educational journals.

Research Projects

Managing the Literacy Curriculum

Literacy in the Probation Services

Writing Wrongs

Purposeful Plenaries