Dr Kelly Stone

Lecturer in Primary Education (Early Literacies)


I have had the great pleasure of being a teacher of English language, literature and literacies in primary and secondary schools in Scotland and Canada, and I now have the privilege of working with student teachers who are developing their knowledge and love of teaching in this field.  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. Currently, I am exploring the intersections between critical literacy and learning for sustainability, with a focus on how children's literature can be used to advance children's understanding of the issues and of how they might take action at individual and community levels.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA); co-convenor (with Dr Jennifer Farrar at the University of Glasgow) of the UKLA's Critical Literacy Special Interest Group and; a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)'s Peer Review College.

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)

Postgraduate teaching

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
  • children's literature
  • critical literacy and learning for sustainability
  • children's rights
  • critical health literacy

Current PhD students supervised

Beth Davies - Child protection and inclusion in registered childminders' settings

Research summary

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

Critical and creative pedagogies

Critical health literacy

Children's rights

Project activity

Current and recent projects:

Environmental justice in the early years: transformative practices (current - seedcorn funding awarded November 2019)

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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