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Dr Sharon McMurray
MBE, PhD, BSc, BEd, DASE, AMBDA, CCET, APC

Principal Lecturer-Head of SEN Literacy Unit.
Education Dept.
Building: Central Building
Room: 2nd Floor
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90 384 361

email: s.mcmurray@stran.ac.uk

Background & Qualifications

       2017 MBE Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to Children with Literacy Difficulties and to those with Special Educational Needs
       1980 B.Ed. Queens University, Belfast
       1984 L.L.C.M. Licentiate of the London College of Music
       1985 L.G.S.M. Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music
       1987 Adv Cert (Literacy & Numeracy, 2 years part time) QUB
       1998 D.A.S.E. QUB
       1998 B.Sc. Open University
       2004 Ph.D. Faculty of Education, Queens University, Belfast
       2010 CCET Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (British Psychological Society)
       2016 APC SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate
      
       Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA)
       Associate Assessor (Special Education) on ETI (Education and Training Inspectorate) inspection teams
       Member of the British Dyslexia Association Course Accreditation Board
       External Examiner Edinburgh University M.A. in Primary Education
      
       TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN PRIMARY EDUCATION
       From 1980-2006 teaching experience in the primary sector in preparatory, mainstream and special schools
       15 years class teaching in mainstream primary education
       2 years as an advisory teacher on the primary team, SELB (1997-1999)
       4 years class teaching in a school for children with moderate learning difficulties
       Dissemination of Good Practice Project (2000-2002): released from class teaching duties for two years to write a reading programme for children with extensive literacy difficulties
       3 years experience teaching children with specific literacy difficulties (dyslexia) in a reading unit and also in an outreach support capacity
       SENCO Harberton School and Outreach Services 2001-2006
       Assessment Coordinator Harberton School and Outreach Services 2000-2006

Teaching

      
BEd Courses / M-Level Courses / Other Teaching :
             M.Ed Degree Specialist Options
             1. M.Ed in Teaching Children with Specific Literacy Difficulties
             2. M.Ed in Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development
             B.Ed Undergraduate modules: Factors Affecting Literacy Difficulties (Year 3)
             Informal Assessment and Models of Intervention (Year 4)


Scholarship and Research

      
Recent Publications/Conference Papers
             _____________________PUBLICATIONS_____________________
             McMurray, S. O'Neill, s. and Thompson, R. (2016). An Innovative Model for Professional Development. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs.Volume 16  Number s1, 145-149 doi: 10.1111/1471-3802.12139
             Murray, S. and Thompson, R. (2016). Issues in Inclusion and Individual Learning Needs Learning to Read. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. Volume 16  Number s1, 679-683 doi: 10.1111/1471-3802.12200
             McMurray, S. and Thompson, R. (2016). Inclusion, Curriculum and the Rights of the Child. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. Volume 16  Number s1, 634-638 doi: 10.1111/1471-3802.12195
             McMurray, S. & McVeigh, C. (2016) The case for frequency sensitivity in orthographic learning. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, Volume 16  Number 4, 243-253 (online. 15 SEP 2014) DOI:10.1111/14713802.12079
             McMurray,S.(2013) An evaluation of the use of Lexia Reading software with children in Year 3, Northern Ireland (6- to 7-year olds)Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 15-25, online August 2012
             McMurray S.(2012) Book Review: Rethinking Learning Disabilities- By Deborah Waber, British Journal of Special Education, January 2012
             McMurray, S. (2011) Phonics: Levels of Sound and Orthographic Knowledge, Capacity Building Resources for SEN and Inclusion, pgs 142-143, DE, Rathgael, Bangor
             McMurray, S. and Drysdale, J. (2011) Handwriting Difficulties, Capacity Building Resources for SEN and Inclusion, pgs 132-141, DE, Rathgael, Bangor
             McMurray, S. (2011) Understanding Memory Difficulties, Capacity Building Resources for SEN and Inclusion, pgs 95-109, DE, Rathgael, Bangor
             McMurray S. (2011) Book Review: Improving Working Memory: supporting students learning- By Tracey Packiam Alloway, British Journal of Special Education, Vol 38, Issue 3, Page 155
             McMurray, S. (2010) 'Dyslexia: the role of the mental lexicon'. Conference Proceedings, HICE 8th International Education Conference, USA, ISSN 1541 - 5880, pages 1121-1151 http://www.hiceducation.org/EDU2010.pdf
             McMurray, S. (2010) Learning to Spell : Evidence from a three year longitudinal research study- Conference Proceedings, HICE 8th International Education Conference, USA, ISSN 1541 - 5880, pages 1152-1175 http://www.hiceducation.org/EDU2010.pdf
             McMurray, S., Drysdale,J. and Jordan,G.(2009) 'Motor processing difficulties:guidance for teachers in mainstream classrooms' Support for Learning. Vol 24, No.3, 119-125
             McMurray, S. (2008) 'Sounds Alone Spells 'trubel'' The Journal of the Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (Patoss Bulletin). Volume 21, No.2, 27-31
             McMurray, S.(2006) 'Learning to spell: raising standards in spelling and independent writing' Support for Learning, Vol 21, No.2 pgs 100-107
             _________________CONFERENCE PAPERS____________________
             McMurray, S. & Thompson, R. (2015) Issues in Inclusion and Individual Learning Needs: Learning to Read. ISEC Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
             McMurray, S. O'Neill, S.& Thompson, R. (2015) An Innovative Model of CPD, ISEC Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
             McMurray, S.& Thompson, R. (2015) Inclusion, Curriculum and the Rights of the Child. ISEC Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
             McMurray, S. (2014) Difficulties in literacy development: the influence of research on policy in Northern Ireland. British Dyslexia Association International Conference, March, 2014
             McMurray, S. (2014) Learning to Read: The case of children with moderate learning difficulties and severe literacy difficulties. British Dyslexia Association International Conference March, 2014
             McMurray, S. (2014) Masters Level Study: The importance of theory - practice links, British Dyslexia Association International Conference, March, 2014
             McMurray, S. and Montgomery, R. (2014) A whole school approach to literacy difficulties: An innovative model of course delivery. British Dyslexia Association International Conference, March 2014
             McMurray, S. (2010) Orthographic learning: practical implications of a developing theory', ISEC conference 2010, Queens University, Belfast
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Research Interests
             ___________________COMPLETED RESEARCH_________________
             Ph.D (2004) Learning to Spell
             Learning to Read (2000-2006)
             Evaluation of Lexia Reading Software (2010)
             Prevalence and severity of dyslexia and literacy difficulties in Year 3 children in a sample of 10 schools in N.Ireland (2009)
             Evaluation of SEN CPD Literacy Project (2015)
             __________________RESEARCH FUNDING________________________
             16,700 (September 2009- September 2010) Lexia Learning Systems: funding obtained to conduct an evaluation of Lexia Reading Software
             4m for 3 year SEN CPD Literacy Project to include research and evaluation in 60 primary schools (1st April 2012- 31st March 2015)

Responsibilities

       ___________________RESEARCH___________________________
       1. Evaluation of Lexia Reading Software
       2. Prevalence and severity of Dyslexia and literacy difficulties in Year 3 children in a sample of 10 schools in N.Ireland
       Evaluation of SEN CPD Literacy Project
       ________________POST GRADUATE TEACHING________________
       Masters level courses for serving teachers
       Development of SEN Literacy Unit

External Interests / Community Service

       Associate Assessor (Special Education) on ETI (Education and Training Inspectorate) inspection teams
       Member of the British Dyslexia Association Course Accreditation Board
       External Examiner Edinburgh University M.A. in Primary Education