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Dr Sharon McMurray MBE

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

M.Ed Degree Specialist Options

  • Developer and Course Co-ordinator for
  • M.Ed in Teaching Children with Specific Literacy Difficulties (with AMBDA)
  • M.Ed in Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development (with ATS)
  • M.ED Individual Specialist Assessment,SEN and Access Arrangements

Teaching responsibility for

  • M.Ed in Teaching Children with Specific Literacy Difficulties with AMBDA
  • M.Ed in Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development with ATS

Modules

  • EDC9093 Factors Affecting Literacy Development
  • EDC9094 Informal Assessment of Literacy Difficulties and Models of Intervention
  • EDC9095 Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties
  • EDC7024 Research Methods with psychometrics
  • EDC7030 Masters dissertation supervisor for all AMBDA students on M.Ed specialist option 2

M.ED Individual Specialist Assessment, SEN and Access Arrangements

Modules

  • EDC9097 Educational Testing
  • EDC9099 Specific Literacy Difficulties, Assessment and Access Arrangements
  • EDC9070 Specific Literacy Difficulties and Co-occurring Difficulties: Issues in assessment and intervention. (EDC9070 is currently under development)

B.Ed Undergraduate modules

  • Course co-ordinator and teaching responsibility for SES3081 Factors Affecting Literacy Difficulties (Year 3/4)

External Interests / Community Service

  • 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

Research Interests

  • SEN
  • Literacy
  • Assessment

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
  • 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Dyslexia Association
  • 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

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles

McMurray, S., O’Callaghan, P & McVeigh, C. (2018) Quality assurance issues in the teacher-based assessment of students with literacy difficulties for examination access arrangements. Dyslexia. 24:3-16., http://doi.org/10.1002/dys.1576. Accepted 14 November 2017

McMurray, S. O’Neill, s. and Thompson, R. (2016). An Innovative Model for Professional Development. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs.Volume 16 [1] 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 [1] 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 [1] 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 [1] 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. (2010) ‘Dyslexia: the role of the mental lexicon’. Conference Proceedings, HICE 8th International Education Conference, USA, ISSN 1541 – 5880, pages 1121-1151 http://hiceducation.org/proceedings-library/

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. Available to download from 2010 Conference Proceedings at http://hiceducation.org/proceedings-library/

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

Books/Book Chapters

McMurray, S. (2018) Why did Northern Ireland schools perform so well on the PIRLS 2016 study? In Margaret M Clark OBE (ed) Teaching Initial Literacy: Policies, evidence and ideology, Glendale Education Birmingham

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

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, Queen’s University, Belfast