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Qualifications

Master of Education; PGCE/PCET; BSc (Hons)

About

Wendy is a part time PhD researcher at the University of South Wales Newport, examining tolerance and ethno-cultural empathy in the classroom in the context of multicultural societies, using an interdisciplinary approach. She is also Module Leader for Research Methods for the BA in Youth and Community Work, and is currently supervising dissertations in social policy. Wendy is a Research Assistant/Evaluation Officer for the Family Skills project on alleviating poverty through education, in conjunction with the University of South Wales and SEWREC, and has recently taken on the role of evaluating the Women’s Advocacy project. She is also carrying out exploratory research with Roma families in Newport. Wendy has taught part time as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of South Wales since 2012 (modules include social psychology; sociology; criminology and research methods), and teaches Safeguarding for the local authority, as well as running her own business.

Experience

2018 to Present: University of South Wales
 Module Leader for Research Methods for the BA in Youth and Community Work, and supervising dissertations in social policy
2017 to Present: South East Wales Regional Equality Council
 Evaluating the Women’s Advocacy project, and exploratory research with Roma families in Newport
2014 to Present: University of South Wales/ Families First
 Research Assistant/Evaluation Lead (part time post): Evaluation of the Family Skills education project (funding tender obtained by the University of South Wales)
2012 to Present: University of South Wales
 Visiting Lecturer: Introducing Sociology; Psychology of Crime; Preparing for HE (preparation of course materials and their delivery; setting and marking assignments)
2009 to Present: Community Learning, Newport City Council
 Tutor: Sociology; Safeguarding Children; Sociology of Crime (course design; classroom observations, and inspections; maintaining assessment records)
2009 to Present: Self Employed: copywriting and private tuition (undergraduate and post graduate)
 Private tuition for undergraduates and postgraduates; a wide range of writing services according to clients’ requirements; designing and maintaining a business website

Responsibilities

Evaluation Lead for a formative evaluation of the Families First Families Skills Project, which aims to alleviate poverty through education. Design of relevant and accessible research tools; qualitative research methodologies and working alongside the project’s leadership team.

Chairing of panels at the Ideals and Reality in Social Ethics SERG (Social Ethics Research Group) conference (April 2013) University of Wales Newport

Secretary of the Community Space Partnership Newport 2012-2014 (a multi-ethnic partnership working to provide space for BME communities); grant of £80,000 received from Tudor Trust

Consultation on Child protection (2012) Safeguarding our Children: A Guidance for Mosque Schools and other Islamic Studies Settings published by Newport Safeguarding Children Board and Newport Communities First Black and Minority Ethnic Partnership

Funding scholarship received from All Saints Educational Trust (2012)

Publications

Currently out for peer review: The Impact of Soft Skill Courses such as Mindfulness and Resilience on Family Members’ Ability to Deal with Adversity: An Evaluation of the Family Skills Project (2017) Wallace, C. Booth, W. Price, T.

Family Skills Project Evaluation Final Report (2017) Wendy Booth and Dr Carolyn Wallace University of South Wales, Families First Newport

An interdisciplinary approach to the high school curricula: Incorporating elements of social psychology into the Citizenship curriculum to increase levels of tolerance and Ethnocultural empathy in Anastasiou, N. Faustmann, H. Hadjipavlou, M. Karahasan, H. Psaltis, I. Zackheos, M. (Eds) (2017) The Role Of Education In A Multicultural Cyprus Cambridge Scholars Publishing http://www.cambridgescholars.com/education-in-a-multicultural-cyprus

An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Citizenship Curriculum: The Inclusion of Elements of Social Psychology to Increase Levels of Tolerance and Ethno-Cultural Empathy European Journal of Social Sciences ISSN 1450-2267 Vol. 45 No 1 November, 2014, pp.44 – 48

An Interdisciplinary Approach To Citizenship Education Through The Incorporation Of Elements Of Social Psychology Into The Curriculum: The Results From An Initial Case Study 8-10 September 2014- Istanbul, Turkey Proceedings of SOCIOINT14- International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities ISBN: 978-605-64453-1-6

Education, Tolerance and the Sociological Imagination The Sociological Imagination
http://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/14510

Book review: Managing the Undesirables: Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Government Central European Journal of International and Security Studies (CEJISS) http://www.cejiss.org/book-review/managing-the-undesirables-refugee-camps-and-humanitarian-government

Paper presented at the graduate Conference University of South Wales (May 2014) An interdisciplinary approach to the Citizenship curriculum in schools through the inclusion of social psychology: the results from an initial case study

Paper presented at the Ideals and Reality in Social Ethics at the University of South Wales (April 2014) Teaching social psychology in schools as an alternative or addition to intercultural contact: The results from an initial case study

Paper presented at the Role of Education in a Multicultural Cyprus (November 2013) University of Nicosia Cyprus An interdisciplinary approach to the high school curricula: Incorporating elements of social psychology into the Citizenship curriculum to increase levels of tolerance and ethno-cultural empathy

Paper presented at the European Sociological Association conference (August 2013) University of Turin, Italy: Educating to Foster Tolerance and Community Cohesion: An interdisciplinary Approach to the Citizenship/PSE Curriculum

Paper presented at Educating The Nations conference (July 2013), University of Huddersfield: Educating to Foster Tolerance and Promote Community Cohesion: Evidence for an Interdisciplinary Approach

Memberships

IFL
Social Ethics Research Group (SERG)

External

Family Skills: Families First: South East Wales Regional Equality Council

Consultancy

Child protection (2012) Safeguarding our Children: A Guidance for Mosque Schools and other Islamic Studies Settings published by Newport Safeguarding Children Board and Newport Communities First Black and Minority Ethnic Partnership

Research

PhD: (2012-2018). Main research question: Tolerance and Empathy in the Classroom and Beyond: Do secondary school pupils who have studied elements of Sociology and Psychology as part of the PSE or Citizenship curriculum show higher levels of tolerance and report greater ethno-cultural empathy than those who have not?
Other Research Interests: The application of social psychology within the school curricula of other countries; conflict resolution; inequalities; the impact of poverty
Director of Studies: Professor Steven Smith; Supervisor: Dr Susan Haywood
External Examiner: (Transfer viva- MPhil to PhD): Kenan Cayir, Bilgi University, Istanbul

Research Assistant and Evaluation Lead for the Families First Family Skills Project, which aims to alleviate poverty through education. Design of relevant and accessible research tools; qualitative research methodologies, including carrying out staff interviews and client focus groups; questionnaire design; report writing; feeding back to academic lead and the project’s leadership team.

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