Carol Smith

Bicentennial Education Fellow


My background is in Primary Education. After graduating in 1984 I spent 24 years undertaking a variety of teaching and management roles in Scottish primary schools, focusing on Nursery to P7. In 2008 I was seconded to work as part of a new initiative to support Probationer teachers throughout their induction year. Then in 2010 I was seconded to Stirling University to work on the BA Professional Education programmes at Stirling University, and then as part of the tutor team on the ITE primary programme. In 2012 I moved permanently to Moray House School of Education and Sport as a Bicentennial Education Fellow, working across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in primary education.

My main areas of interest are early years education, active and play-based approaches to learning, school spaces, and teachers’ professional practices.  I am currently undertaking an EdD at Moray House School of Education and Sport, and my research explores the time when children begin compulsory education in a Scottish primary school context, looking at the children’s own perspectives of their experiences of this time and place.




Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Research, Stirling University, 2012

Masters in Education (MEd): Professional Enquiry in Education, Stirling University, 2005

Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Education, Northern College, 1997

Bachelor of Education, Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh, 1984