Sharon Dobson is the Head of Department for Education (incorporating the English Language Centre) in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law. The Education aspects of Sharon's Department currently encompasses the discipline areas of education, initial teacher education, early childhood, childhood and youth and initial teacher training. The English Language Centre supports the attainment of international students across the University.
Sharon began her teaching career in a local college of further education in the field of adult and further education. This included the development and delivery of a range of initial teacher training and continuing professional development programmes for teachers practising in what is now the Lifelong Learning Sector. She has worked in higher education for 14 years and has a particular interest in higher education and dyslexia support, which is the focus of her doctoral thesis.
Sharon is a dyslexia specialist, and completed a postgraduate diploma through the University of York and the Dyslexia Institute in Sheffield in 1998. She has developed a range of modules that sit within the subject groups BA Education Studies and MA Education which enable educational practitioners to develop their expertise in this area of specific learning difficulty as well as more general issues around inclusion.
Sharon is interested in dyslexia in adults and the motivation of adult learners. She completed her MA Education at Teesside University in 2005.
Summary of Research Interests
Sharon has a particular interest in dyslexia, inclusion issues, special educational needs and the motivation of adults as learners.