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Dr Jill Dunn

Senior Lecturer
Teacher Education
Building: Central Building
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90 384 442


Background & Qualifications

       BSc Food Science, QUB (1988)
       MSc Food Science, QUB (1990)
       PGCE, Stranmillis University College(1992)
       MEd, QUB (1997)
       Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007)
       EdD, QUB (2013)
       ATS (2014)
       I taught in FS and KS1 classes in a number of primary schools and was a Key Stage One Coordinator before moving to Stranmillis University College


BEd Courses / M-Level Courses / Other Teaching :
             BEd Curriculum Studies modules in Language and Literacy
             BEd Professional Studies and Placement modules
             BEd Working with Parents
             BEd Writing, Popular Culture and the Child
             PGCE Implementing a Play Based Curriculum
             PGCE Teaching the KS1 Curriculum

Scholarship and Research

Recent Publications/Conference Papers
             Dunn, J. and Sweeney, T. (2017) Writing and iPads in the Early Years - Perspectives from Children and Teachers. Paper presented at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Annual Conference, Bologna, August
             Dunn, J., Gray, C., Mitchell, D. and Moffett, P. (2016) The impact of resources on the literacy landscape: young children's views on using iPads in early years classrooms. Paper presented at The Literacy Association of Ireland (LAI) Conference, Dublin, September
             Gray, C., Dunn, J., Moffett, P. & Mitchell, D. (2017 Mobile devices in early learning: evaluating the use of portable devices to support young children's learning. Report funded by the Belfast Regeneration Fund and commissioned by the Education Authority for NI. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.15948.82568 Available at:,756133,en.pdf
             Dunn, J. and Sweeney, T. (2017) Writing and iPads in the Early Years. A Report for the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South. Belfast: Stranmillis University College
             MacBlain, S., Dunn, J. and Luke, I. (2017) Contemporary Childhood, London: Sage
             Dunn, J., Gray, C., Moffett, P. and Mitchell, D. (2016) 'It's more funner than doing work': children's perspectives on using tablet computers in the early years of school, Early Child Development and Care, DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1238824
             Dunn, J. (2015) Using popular culture in the primary classroom: let's ask the experts. Literacy News (Autumn Newsletter),The Literacy Association of Ireland: Dublin
             Dunn, J. (2015) Insiders' perspectives: a children's rights approach to involving children in advising on adult-initiated research, International Journal of Early Years Education, Published online August 2015, DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2015
             MacBlain, S., Long, L. and Dunn, J. (2015) Dyslexia, Literacy and Inclusion. London: Sage.
Research Interests
             Literacy in the early years
             Popular Culture in the teaching of literacy
             iPads and learning


       Module Coordinator for Language and Literacy
       Module Coordinator for Working with Parents
       Module Coordinator for Writing, Popular Culture and the Child
       Module Coordinator for PGCE School Based Work
       Advisor of Studies BEd

External Interests / Community Service

       Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
       Associate Teacher Status with the British Dyslexia Association