Dr Kelly Stone

Lecturer in Primary Education (Early Literacies)


I taught in primary and secondary schools in Scotland and Canada for seventeen years and also worked as an education officer, supporting the inclusion of children with complex and exceptional needs in mainstream schools. My doctoral studies, undertaken here at Moray House, explored critical literacy policy and practices in Scotland. I joined Moray House as a lecturer in August 2016.

My research is primarily concerned with issues of equity and social justice, and specifically with critical literacies and the use of children's literature as a platform for social justice. I have been involved in a number of research studies which have focused on educational, health and social inequalities.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Responsibilities & affiliations

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

Undergraduate teaching

MA Primary Education - Primary Literacies 2 (course organiser)

PGDE Primary Education - Language strand leader (with Pete Tarrant)

MSc Transformative Learning and Teaching  - Literacy, Learners and Learning tutor

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I would welcome enquiries and applications to supervise postgraduate research in the areas of:

  • critical literacy policy and practice
  • literacy learning and teaching
  • children's rights
  • critical health literacy
  • children's literature

Research summary

Literacies (in particular, critical literacies and children's literature)

Critical and creative pedagogies

Critical health literacy

Children's rights

Research activities

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Project activity

Current and recent projects:

Too close to home? Student support in mental health teaching (2017) Innovation Initiative Grant funded. Research team: Dr Katie Cebula and Dr Gale Macleod (Moray House) and Dr Stella Chan (Health in Social Science).

Student teachers' perceptions of responsibilities for all across learning (2017) Seedcorn funding. Research team: Dr Tom Macintyre (PI), Dr Louise Campbell, Dr Shirley Gray.

Evaluation of a service for fathers and grandparents (2015) Funded by Midlothian Sure Start. Research team: Kelly Stone (PI), Cheryl Burgess (University of Stirling).

Nurture corners in Glasgow pre-schools: the views of parents, educators and partner agencies (2014) Funded by Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Research team: Dr Christine Stephen (PI), Professor Brigid Daniel, Cheryl Burgess, Jo Smith (University of Stirling)

Evaluation of the 'A Good Start' programme  (2014) Funded by Midlothian Sure Start. Research team: Cheryl Burgess (PI) (University of Stirling).

Literature review and small qualitative study of bullying and cyberbullying (2014) Funded by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (PI).

Evaluation of a framework used in child protection cases (2013) Funded by Falkirk Children's Commission (Co-I with Cheryl Burgess).

The administration of medicines and health care procedures in schools: the views of parents and carers (2013) Funded by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (PI).

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