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Principal Lecturer in Education, Leeds Beckett University

I am a Principal Lecturer in the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. Having taught English at secondary school, I now teach English subject knowledge and pedagogy to trainee teachers. My research focuses on the teaching of creative writing and I have published a book exploring at boys' identities in their writing as they make the transition from primary to secondary school.
Recent publications include:
Dobson, T. and Stephenson, L. (in press) Primary Pupils’ Creative Writing: Enacting Identities in a Community of Writers. Literacy.
Dobson, T. (in press) Disrupting hegemonic masculinity though creative writing. In: Gender Difference. Riejka, Croatia: InTech.
Dobson, T. (2016) “Just because I’m not a published author does not mean that I’m not a writer”: Primary Trainee Teachers’ Identities as Creative Writers. Writing in Practice.
Dobson, T. (2015) Developing a Theoretical Framework for Response: Creative Writing as Response in the Year 6 Primary Classroom. English in Education 49 (3): 252-265. DOI: 10.1111/eie.12075
Dobson, T. (2015) The mad genie in the attic. Gender and Education 27(1)): 37-52. DOI:10.1080/09540253.2014.978744
Dobson, T. (2014) Naming the Unnamable: Researching Identities through Creative Writing. Rotterdam: Sense.


  • 2005–2015
    Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University
  • 2000–2005
    English Teacher, Wetherby High School