Mrs Michelle Appleby

Position: Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Education Studies

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Subject area: Education Studies & SEND

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I lead the final year Educational Independent Studies module where students spend an entire academic year investigating a question that interests them in an educational context. I also help students understand the paradigms and methods involved in research in the second year Research Methods module. 

Teaching responsibilities

Educational Independent Studies (6ED998)

Research Methods (5ED509)

Professional interests

I am a passionate teacher and leader who is self-motivated and confident. I have a rich background in education which has given me extensive knowledge and experience of how to support learners in their early years through to university level.  I have been successful in creating democratic and empowering experiences in vibrant learning environments in which learners can realise their potential.

I graduated from the University of Michigan in the United States with a B.A. Education degree and a teaching qualification to teach kindergarten to fifth grade. While teaching full time, I gained my Master's degree as a Reading Specialist from Eastern Michigan University. I taught elementary school for 8 years before moving overseas to teach at an international school just outside of London. These experiences have piqued my interested in a multitude of areas such as international/ comparative education, alternative forms of education, the psychology of learning and social development throughout life, understanding and managing behaviour in a learning environment as well as Joint Honours Students' experiences and learning in Higher Education.

Research interests

I am currently working to achieve a Doctorate of Education degree by developing a research project to examine the learning experiences of joint hounours students. My estimated graduation date is January 2018.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the National Association of Disability Practitioners


  • BA Education with a qualification in Elementary Education- graduated with Hono, University of Michigan
  • MA Education with a qualification as a Reading Specialist- graduated with Dist, Eastern Michigan University

Recent publications

  • Appleby, M., Oates, R., Sanders, A. & Sedgwick, R. (2011) Consultancy for Evaluation of Parenting Courses. Derby: UoD
  • Appleby,M.(2013)The Nature of Practitioner Research: Critical distance, power and ethics. Practitioner Research in Higher Education, Vol 7 (1) pages 11-21.
  • Appleby, M. (2014)Chapter 13: Education in the United States of America in Brown, M. and White, J. (Eds)Exploring Childhood in a Comparative Context: An introductory guide for students. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Appleby, M. (2015) What are the benefits of interdisciplinary study. Available from:

Experience in industry

  • Elementary School teacher from 2000-2007 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
  • Elementary School teacher from 2007-2008 in Surrey, United Kingdom
  • FE College Skills for Life teacher in 2008-2009 in Kent, United Kingdom Senor Lecturer 2009- present in Derby, United Kingdom

International experience

Taught from 1999-2007 in the United States.

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