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Prof Elaine Hall


Department: Northumbria Law School

Professor Elaine Hall joined Northumbria School of Law as a Reader in legal education research in October 2013. She was previously Lecturer in Research Methods at Newcastle University where she was a member of the Centre for Learning and Teaching.  Her research career has spanned twenty years and more than thirty funded projects.  This research has been directed towards the experience of teaching and learning from the early years to old age, as curriculum-specific, metacognitive and professional practices. The diversity of context has produced a unifying theory of pedagogic enquiry, which focuses on the intent of the researcher, the power of research and pedagogic tools and the critical engagement of research networks. 

Her doctorate Enacting Change in Classrooms focuses on the potential for professional learning for educators in all contexts through enquiry processes.  Elaine was also a UKCP registered psychotherapist with a private clinical, supervision and teaching practice in Newcastle.  She holds a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy from the University of Wales.

Elaine leads the Legal Education and Professional Skills Signature Research Area.

 Elaine is an Editor of the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (IJCLE) and organises its annual conference. She is a Board member of the Association of Law Teachers and the Law Teacher journal.

She is also an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Education Research; Guest Editor for the International Journal of Research Methods in Education; and a regular reviewer for journals including British Educational Research Journal, Educational Review, Teachers and Teaching, Teacher Development and the European Journal of Psychology of Education.

Elaine is co-convener of Network 15: Research Partnership in Education within the European Educational Research Association.  She acts as external examiner for the University of Glasgow Practitioner enquiry programme and the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Sciences at Queen Margaret University as well as conducting doctoral examinations at Glasgow, Durham, Sheffield and Middlesex.

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  • Practitioner Enquiry: exploring the method for understanding teacher learning, Wall, K., Hall, E. 11 Oct 2023, Innovation in Teacher Professional Learning in Europe, London, Routledge
  • Bridging the theory and practice of eliciting the voices of young children: findings from the Look Who’s Talking project, Cassidy, C., Wall, K., Robinson, C., Arnott, L., Beaton, M., Hall, E. Jan 2022, In: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal
  • Considering Space and Time: Power Dynamics and Relationships Between Children and Adults, Wall, K., Cassidy, C., Robinson, C., Beaton, M., Arnott, L., Hall, E. 28 Oct 2022, Student Voice Research, New York, US, Teachers College Press
  • The unitary idea of ‘the’ law school and other issues when defining ‘problems’ in legal education, Hall, E., Rasiah, S. 30 Sep 2022, What is Legal Education for? , London, Routledge
  • Foreword, Hall, E. 26 Nov 2021, Thinking About Clinical Legal Education, London, Routledge
  • Grasping the nettle of ‘doctorateness’ for practitioner academics: a framework for thinking critically about curriculum design, Hall, E. 4 May 2019, In: Studies in Continuing Education
  • Look who’s talking: Factors for considering the facilitation of very young children’s voices, Hall, E., Wall, K., Cassidy, C., Robinson, C., Beaton, M., Kanyal, M., Mitra, D. 1 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Early Childhood Research
  • Narcissus in peril: weighing the risks of unthinking practice and excellent practice against the cognitive and emotional load of reflection, Hall, E. 2 Oct 2019, In: Law Teacher
  • Research Methods for Understanding Professional Learning, Hall, E., Wall, K. 21 Feb 2019
  • "What we did over the summer": updates on proposed reforms to legal education and training in England and Wales and in the Republic of Ireland, Hall, E., Hodgson, J., Strevens, C., Guth, J. Oct 2019, In: Law Teacher

  • James Seymour Start Date: 01/09/2021 End Date: 30/11/2022
  • Elena Gray Start Date: 01/09/2021 End Date: 09/06/2022
  • Carol Boothby Supervising the supervisors: what are the challenges inherent in teaching in a law clinic environment and how can colleagues be supported on the transition from practitioner to practice-informed teacher and researcher? Start Date: 01/03/2016 End Date: 29/06/2021
  • Tribe Mkwebu Clinical Pedagogy: A Systematic Review of Factors Influential in the Establishment and Sustainability of Clinical Programmes and a Grounded Theory Explication of a Clinical Legal Education Case Study in Zimbabwe Start Date: 18/11/2013 End Date: 15/06/2017
  • Ashimedua Okonkwo What is the law on liens in Ireland Start Date: 01/09/2020 End Date: 10/06/2022
  • Marco Palladino Technology Law: a critical analysis of the contemporary legislative framework Start Date: 01/09/2020 End Date: 27/07/2021
  • Festus Ibi An exploration of the issues and challenges faced by refugees when applying for international protection under the International Protection Act 2015 in Ireland and the challenges faced by legal practioners when genuine cases are denied. Start Date: 13/11/2023
  • Mary McNamara Start Date: 01/09/2020 End Date: 12/03/2021
  • Tamsin Sharp Start Date: 01/09/2016 End Date: 17/02/2021
  • Rosemary Horgan Adoption at the Cross-Roads, in whose best interest is an adoption from the public care system? Start Date: 13/08/2020 End Date: 10/02/2023
  • Ana Speed To what extent do traditional forums of informal dispute resolution operate within community and religious organisations in Newcastle’s West End in relation to family law disputes and how does this facilitate and/or prohibit access to justice for female users? Start Date: 01/09/2018 End Date: 08/07/2021
  • Richard Lee How to Identify and Manage Corporate Risk Start Date: 01/09/2019 End Date: 30/03/2021
  • Andrew Watson Privacy and Data Protection: which factors impact on the enforcement of data protection rights in the UK Start Date: 01/09/2016 End Date: 14/06/2022
  • Christopher Mitford Start Date: 01/03/2018 End Date: 14/01/2020
  • Rachel Dunn The Knowledge, Skills and Attributes Considered Necessary to Start Day One Training Competently and Whether Live Client Clinics Develop Them Start Date: 01/10/2014 End Date: 23/04/2018
  • Christopher Simmonds Start Date: 01/03/2016

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