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Dr Sheryl Clark

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PositionLecturer in Educational Studies
Department Educational Studies
Email sheryl.clark (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Sheryl Clark

Sheryl Clark is a researcher and lecturer in the field of educational studies with particular interests in gender, sport, identities, youth, schooling and girlhood. In particular, Sheryl’s research makes use of qualitative methods working with children and young people in schools and other physical activity settings. Sheryl’s work draws on poststructural perspectives to consider processes of social identification in relation to learning, gender and achievement in schooling and other contexts. Her work critically interrogates the discursive effects of health and achievement codes on children and young people’s embodied subjectivities with particular attention to social inequalities.

In addition to her PhD research into young women’s participation in sport over the transition to secondary school, Sheryl has been involved in a number of recent research projects. These projects have investigated widening participation, children’s learner identities, playwork and tomboy identities in primary school children.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Educational Studies (2010), Goldsmiths
  • MA in Cultural Anthropology (2006), University of British Columbia
  • BA in Cultural Anthropology (2001), University of Calgary

Teaching

Sheryl teaches on the BA Education, Culture and Society in modules on; Research Methods, Dissertation, Culture and the Construction of Identity, and Children’s Cultures. She also teaches on the MA module: Masculinities and Femininities in Education.

Featured publications

  • Clark, S. (2016 forthcoming) Fitness, Fatness and Healthism Discourse: Girls constructing ‘healthy’ identities in school. Gender and Education.
  • Clark, S., Mountford-Zimdars, A. & Francis, B. (2015) Risk, Choice and Social Disadvantage: Young People’s Decision-Making in a Marketised Higher Education System. Sociological Research Online, 20(3), p.9 ISSN 1360-7804 [article].
  • Paechter, C. & Clark, S. (2015) Being ‘nice’ or being ‘normal’: girls resisting discourses of ‘coolness’, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 37 (3), pp. 457-471. ISSN 0159-6306 [article].
  • Clark, S. (2013) ‘Running into Trouble: Constructions of danger and risk in girls' access to outdoor space and physical Activity’, Sport, Education and Society, Published online December 2013.
  • Clark, S. (2012) ‘Being ‘good at sport’: Talent, Ability and Young Women’s Sporting Participation.’ Sociology, Volume 46, Issue 6, December 2012 pp. 1178 - 1193.

Research Interests

  • Children and Young People
  • Girlhood and young femininities
  • Sport and physical activity
  • Physical identities and embodiment
  • Neoliberalism and risk discourses
  • Children’s friendship and peer cultures

Publications

Book Section

Schoolgirls and power/knowledge economies : using knowledge to mobilize social power
Paechter, Carrie F. and Clark, Sheryl. 2010. Schoolgirls and power/knowledge economies : using knowledge to mobilize social power. In: Carolyn Jackson; Carrie F. Paechter and Emma Renold, eds. Girls and Education 3-16 : Continuing Concerns, New Agendas. Berkshire, UK: Open University Press, pp. 117-128. ISBN 9780335235629

Article

Fitness, fatness and healthism discourse: girls constructing ‘healthy’ identities in school
Clark, Sheryl. 2016. Fitness, fatness and healthism discourse: girls constructing ‘healthy’ identities in school. Gender and Education, ISSN 0954-0253

Being ‘nice’ or being ‘normal’: girls resisting discourses of ‘coolness’
Paechter, Carrie F. and Clark, Sheryl. 2016. Being ‘nice’ or being ‘normal’: girls resisting discourses of ‘coolness’. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 37(3), pp. 457-471. ISSN 0159-6306

Risk, Choice and Social Disadvantage: Young People’s Decision-Making in a Marketised Higher Education System
Clark, Sheryl; Mountford-Zimdars, Anna and Francis, Becky. 2015. Risk, Choice and Social Disadvantage: Young People’s Decision-Making in a Marketised Higher Education System. Sociological Research Online, 20(3), p. 9. ISSN 1360-7804

Running into trouble: constructions of danger and risk in girls' access to outdoor space and physical activity
Clark, Sheryl. 2013. Running into trouble: constructions of danger and risk in girls' access to outdoor space and physical activity. Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322

Conference or Workshop Item

"I don't want to be skinny, I just want to be fit' Healthism discourse and girls' participation in physical activity
Clark, Sheryl. 2015. '"I don't want to be skinny, I just want to be fit' Healthism discourse and girls' participation in physical activity'. In: Feminisms, Power and Pedagogy: 10th Biennial Conference of the Gender and Education Association. University of Roehampton, United Kingdom.

Thesis

Girlhood, Sport and Physical Activity: The Construction of Young Femininities in the Transition to Secondary School
Clark, Sheryl. 2010. Girlhood, Sport and Physical Activity: The Construction of Young Femininities in the Transition to Secondary School. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London