About Sarah Whiter
Sarah is the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies programme. She teaches on the Childhood Studies and Early Childhood Education Courses.
Sarah's academic background is broad. She taught in prison education for a number of years, and within both the private and state sectors of education. Initially teaching IT she then taught excluded children. She has also worked as a private tutor for children with additional needs.
Sarah has worked on several youth and community projects with children and young people from deprived areas in rural and city areas.
She is currently involved as an expert panel member in safeguarding children online. She has also contributed to political debate concerning the use of digital media and rioting.
She is an alumnae of our University having completed both Undergraduate and Masters Study.
Her teaching experiences have influenced her interest in role modelling and attachment. This led to her interest in identity formation in a digital environment. Her doctoral research is in the area of identity; considering the impact of real and virtual identities upon relationships.
- BA (Hons) Childhood Studies
- BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education
- Introduction to Psychology
- Children and Young People's Rights
Current research in to digital communication and virtual identities will be useful to childhood professionals as they increasingly rely on digital media to socialise; this will raise awareness of online behaviours and role modelling.
This research could also be used to influence policy making and safeguarding for both children and young adults working with children and young people.