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Academic Biography

Maggie began her working life as a teacher of French and English in a community college in the West Midlands and then taught Drama and English in a Community Home with Education in Leeds. She then went to the School of Social Work at the University of Leicester, qualifying with a CQSW and an MA in Social work.  

Her work as a Specialist Social Worker, and later as a Senior Practitioner, in a Local Authority Psychological Service involved her working with children; specialising further and then gaining a Diploma in Play therapy. The work in the psychological service also lead to an interest and specialism in working with children and loss, with a particular focus on death education.

Since coming to Teesside University she has continued her interest in death education, introducing modules within the BA social work programmes and also across other schools in an MSc in Mass Fatalities Management and Victim Identification and also a BSc in Death Investigation.

She has been until recently, the programme leader for MA in Social Work and continues to teach and write about death education. Her Ed. D., which she gained from Durham University, explores the social construction of childhood and death in Children's literature. 

Research interests

Maggie has carried out a range of work over the last 20 years in the field of Death Education, with a particular focus on children.

Currently she is working on death in children's picture books.

Academic Biography

Maggie is a member of the editorial board for the Greenwich Social Work Review.

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Doctorate, Durham University

Award Date: 15 May 2018

Master, University of Leicester

Award Date: 15 May 1998

Bachelor, Neville's Cross Durham

Award Date: 27 Jun 1981

External positions

External Examiner, University of Greenwich

1 Jan 2020 → …

External approver, University of Salford

14 May 2018

External Examiner, Coventry University

9 Sep 20149 Sep 2018

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Research Output

Death, Playfulness and Picture Books

Jackson, M., 1 Aug 2020, Death, Culture & Leisure: Playing Dead. Coward-Gibbs, M. (ed.). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., p. 55-66 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Human growth and development. An introduction for social workers John Sudbery and Andrew Whittaker

    Jackson, M., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Social Work. 20, 2, p. 263-264 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Child-centred social work: Theory and Practice Vivienne Barnes: Reviewed by: Maggie Jackson

    Jackson, M., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Social Work. 19, 5, p. 694-695 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  • Sneaking Death Into the Classroom

    Jackson, M., 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper