Dr Sandra Eady is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology, Sociology and Education Division.

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  • Teaching and Learning

Sandra Eady is a Senior Lecturer in Education. Teaching across a range of programmes, her expertise and interests focus on teacher professional practice, outdoor learning and innovative pedagogies. She has a Doctorate in Primary Science Education: Policy and Practice. She is a qualified primary school teacher.

Sandra started her career as a primary school teacher teaching in various schools in England before moving into Initial Teacher Education. In the Higher Education sector Sandra has gained extensive experience working across a wide range of Undergraduate and Professional Masters in Education Programmes in England and Scotland. She previously held academic positions at Stirling University, University of Cumbria, and Canterbury Christ Church University

Affiliations/ Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of British Education Research Association
  • Executive member of Scottish Education Research Association
  • Fully registered with the General Teaching Council Scotland

Sandra is interested in the intersection between innovative pedagogies and professional practices in education. Sandra’s doctoral research explored the policy trajectories which influenced the co-construction and enactment of the science curriculum in English primary schools during the implementation of the Primary National Curriculum. Since then she has been involved in research projects which explored policy influences on teacher professional learning and practice including the influence of educational partnerships on Masters level learning. Sandra is currently exploring how novel and innovative pedagogies introduced to students on their undergraduate courses can become embedded in professional practice. She is currently a co-researcher on two research projects. One exploring students’ lived experience of social justice on the new education programmes and the other exploring student response to the ways in which film can be used in the classroom. In both studies Sandra is keen to explore the extent to which these interventions become embedded in student teacher professional practice.

Active research interests

  • Teacher professionalism and professional practice
  • Innovative pedagogies and interdisciplinary learning
  • Students lived experiences of social justice in teacher education
  • Film education as a vehicle for teaching social justice
  • Outdoor education and Forest Schools 


Research Methods:

  • Qualitative, interpretive, ethnographic
  • Case study, Action Research, Practitioner inquiry
  • Observation, interviews, focus groups, content analysis, questionnaires

Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Sandra teaches on the Education Studies (Primary), the Education Studies and the PGDE (Secondary) Home Economics programmes.