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Dr Sarah Crafter

Sarah Crafter

Profile summary

  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Psychology
  • sarah.crafter

Professional biography

I started at The Open University in January 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Prior to that I worked in the Thomas Coram Research Unit at University College London, Institute of Education. I have also held a lectureship at the University of Northampton. My academic interests lie in the area of migration, diversity and the development of identities. I am a developmental and cultural psychologist by background and my theoretical and conceptual interests are grounded in sociocultural theory, transitions, critical or contested ideas of ‘normative’ development, past experience and cultural identity development. I am co-book editor for the journal Children & Society and I also co-coordinate a Special Interest Group (SIG21) in Teaching and Learning in Culturally Diverse Settings. This group is part of the European Association for Learning and Instruction (EARLI). Additionally, I belong to the British Psychological Society and belong to the Psychology of Women’s Section, Qualitative Methods in Psychology and Developmental Psychology section.

Research interests

My academic interests lie in the area of migration, diversity, belonging, identities and practices, with a focus on children, young people and families. By background I am a developmental and cultural psychologist and my theoretical and conceptual interests are grounded in sociocultural theory, transitions, critical or contested ideas of ‘normative’ development, past experience and cultural identity development. More recently, I have begun to explore the concept of cultural contact zones in culturally diverse settings and how they act as social spaces of uncertainties, clashes, ambiguities, unequal power relations and possibilities.

I have a longstanding interest in working with child language brokers, who are children and young people who translate and interpreter for family members after migration to a new country. This interest began whilst I was working in an ESRC funded-project, led by Dr. Lindsay O’Dell, which sought to understand young people’s representations of children’s work. Two ‘non-normative’ or ‘atypical’ forms of work that we focused on were child language brokering and young caring. From there, I became Co-I on a Nuffield Foundation funded project looking at child language brokering in schools. More recently, the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded a project under the ‘Translating Cultures Innovation Fund’ to examine how child language brokers negotiate cultural knowledge across different spaces of identity belonging. This project was supplemented by funding from a Beacon Bursary for Public Engagement fund, which facilitated arts-based workshops and exhibitions with young people who act as language brokers. I have also overseen the development of a web-based resource about child language brokering aimed at children and young people, professionals and academics.

  • Many Voice, many languages: Being a young interpreter. Beacon Bursary for Public Engagement with H. Iqbal and C. Robins, awarded 2015)

  • Child language brokering: Spaces of belonging and mediators of cultural knowledge. Arts and Humanities Research Council (awarded 2015)

  • Child language brokering in school. Nuffield Foundation (with T. Cline [PI], awarded 2012)

  • Language Brokering: online public user information and engagement tool. HEIF Next Generation Fund (with A. Phoenix, awarded 2013)

Recently I have been working in collaboration with Rachel Rosen (UCL) on research that explore the care of children, by other children when they are unaccompanied refugee minors. Preliminary work in this area was funded by the UCL Global Engagement Fund and involves working with an interdisciplinary team of academics, professionals and charities/NGOs to examine how unaccompanied minors navigate care and asylum systems.

In the past I have been funded by the National Institute of Health Research to examine users’ experiences of the built environment in outpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health settings. With team members at the Thomas Coram Research Unit we also won a tender from the Department of Education to evaluate three government interventions aimed at improving the uptake of school meals. More recently, I have been invited by Risbo University to act in a consultancy capacity to be part of an EU ERASMUS Plus project called NAOS. The overall project seeks to improve issues of diversity and migration in schools. My involvement will include visits to schools to deliver workshops that use contemporary media to examine social psychological issues such as stereotyping and ethnic identity issues.

Recent Publications

Crafter, S., Cline, T. & Prokopiou, E. (2016). Young adult language brokers’ and teachers’ views of the advantages and disadvantages of brokering in school. In R. Weisskirch (ed.). Language Brokering in Immigrant Families:  Theories and Contexts

Crafter, S., Prokopiou, E., &Stein, S.  (2016). Children’s Spaces of Mental Health: The Built Environment as Places of Meaning. In Evans. B. Horton, H. & Skelton, T. (Eds.) Play, Recreation, Health and Well Being (pp 589-600). Springer.

Crafter, S. (2015). Cultural psychology and deconstructing developmental psychology. Feminism & Psychology, 25(3), 388-401.

O’Dell, L., & Crafter, S., Abreu, G.de., & Cline, T., (2014) Children, money and work: transitions to adulthood. Special Issue in Australian Community Psychology Paper, 26(1), 28-36.

Cline, T., Crafter, S., & Prokopiou, E. (2014). Child language brokering in schools: A discussion of selected findings from a survey of teachers and ex-students. Educational and Child Psychology, 31(2), 34-45.

Crafter, S., Abreu, de.G., Cline, T & O’Dell, L. (2014). Using the vignette methodology as a tool for exploring cultural identity positions. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 28(1), 83-96.

Teaching interests

Investigation Psychology 2 (DE200) and Evaluating Psychology: Research and practice (DD803)

Research Degree Supervision

I welcome enquiries from students who wish to study for a PhD. I am most interested in research that takes a cultural and/or critical psychological perspective on everyday practices of children, young people and families. This could be in areas of migration, identities, belonging, transitions and diversity. I usually supervise qualitative projects.

Publications

Young peoples’ reflections on what teachers think about family obligations that conflict with school: A focus on the non-normative roles of young caring and language brokering (2017)
Crafter, Sarah; Cline, Tony; Abreu, Guida de and O'Dell, Lindsay
Childhood ((In Press))
Cultural Psychology and Deconstructing Developmental Psychology (2015)
Crafter, Sarah
Feminism and Psychology, 25(3) (pp. 388-401)
Using vignette methodology as a tool for exploring cultural identity positions of language brokers (2014-11-24)
Crafter, Sarah; de Abreu, G; Cline, T and O'Dell, Lindsay
Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 28(1) (pp. 83-96)
Children, money and work: transitions to adulthood (2014-06)
O'Dell, Lindsay; Crafter, Sarah; Abreu, Guida and Cline, Tony
Australian Community Psychologist, 26(1) (pp. 28-36)
Child language brokering in schools: a discussion of selected findings from a survey of teachers and ex-students (2014)
Cline, Tony; Crafter, Sarah and Prokopiou, Evangelia
Educational and Child Psychology, 31(2) (pp. 34-45)
Child language brokering in schools: why does it matter? (2013-06-01)
Prokopiou, E; Cline, T and Crafter, Sarah
Race Equality Teaching, 31(3) (pp. 33-36)
The problem of interpretation in vignette methodology in research with young people (2012-12)
O'Dell, Lindsay; Crafter, Sarah; Abreu, Guida de and Cline, Tony
Qualitative Research, 12(6) (pp. 702-714)
Understanding transitions using a sociocultural framework (2012-03-01)
Crafter, Sarah and Maunder, Rachel
Educational and Child Psychology, 29(1) (pp. 10-18)
Parental cultural models and resources for understanding mathematical achievement in culturally diverse school settings (2012)
Crafter, Sarah
Educational studies in Mathematics, 81(1) (pp. 31-46)
On gaining a cultural identity and 'being white': reflexivity and moments of (dis)connection (2011-10)
Crafter, Sarah
Psychology of Women Section Review, 13(2) (pp. 13-19)
Young people’s representations of language brokering (2011)
Cline, Tony; Crafter, Sarah; O'Dell, Lindsay and de Abreu, Guida
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development , 32(3) (pp. 207-220)
Constructing 'normal childhoods': Young people talk about young carers (2010-10)
O'Dell, L.; Crafter, S.; De Abreu, G. and Cline, T.
Disability and Society, 25(6) (pp. 643-655)
Constructing identities in multicultural learning contexts (2010)
Crafter, Sarah and Abreu, Guida de
Mind, Culture and Activity, 17(2) (pp. 102-118)
Recent research on child language brokering in the United Kingdom (2010)
Cline, Tony; De Abreu, Guida; O'Dell, Lindsay and Crafter, Sarah
MediAziono: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies on Language and Cultures, 10 (pp. 105-124)
Changing families, changing childhoods: changing schools? (2009-03)
Cline, Tony; Crafter, Sarah; de Abreu, Guida and O'Dell, Lindsay
Pastoral Care in Education, 27(1) (pp. 29-39)
Young peoples' representations of 'atypical' work in English society (2009)
Crafter, Sarah; O'Dell, Lindsay; Abreu, Guida de and Cline, Tony
Children and Society, 23(3) (pp. 176-188)
Parents' past experiences as a mediational tool for understanding their child's current mathematical learning (2005-03)
O'Toole, Sarah and de Abreu, Guida
European Journal of Psychology of Education, 20(1) (pp. 75-89)
Child language brokers’ representations of parent-child relationships (2017)
Cline, Tony; Crafter, Sarah; Abreu, Guida de and O'Dell, Lindsay
In: Antonini, Rachele; Cirillo, Letizia; Rossato, Linda and Torresi, Ira eds. Non-professional Interpreting and Translating: State of the art and future of an emerging field of research. Benjamins Translation Library (129) (pp. 281-294)
ISBN : 9789027258755 | Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing Company
Exploring parents' cultural models of mathematical knowledge in multiethnic primary schools (2013)
Crafter, Sarah and de Abreu, Guida
In: Marsico, Giuseppina; Komatsu, Koji and Iannaccone, Antonio eds. Crossing boundaries: Intercontextual Dynamics Between Family And School. Advances in Cultural Psychology: Constructing Human Development (pp. 209-228)
Publisher : Information Age Publishing
Making sense of homework: parental resources for understanding mathematical homework in multicultural settings (2012-05)
Crafter, Sarah
In: Hjörne, Eva; van der Aalsvoort, Geerdina and Abreu, Guida de eds. Learning, Social Interaction and Diversity - Exploring Identities in School Practices (pp. 53-68)
ISBN : 978-94-6091-801-8 | Publisher : Sense Publishers | Published : Rotterdam
The social construction of home and school learning in multicultural communities (2011-11-03)
Crafter, Sarah
In: O'Dell, Lindsay and Leverett, Stephen eds. Working with Children and Young People: Co-constructing Practice (pp. 131-142)
ISBN : 9780230280083 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan in association with The Open University | Published : Basingstoke, UK
The care of children, by children (2016-11-28)
Rosen, R. and Crafter, S.
In : Global Engagement Funds: Celebrating UCL's international collaborations (28 November 2016)
Child language brokering in cultural contact zones: Young people's experiences of critical moments. (2016-08-28)
Crafter, Sarah and Iqbal, H
In : Special Interest Group 10, 21 & 25 Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (28-29 August 2016)
Child language brokering in school: when should a child not be used as a language broker? (2016-05)
Cline, Tony; Crafter, Sarah and Prokopiou, Evangelia
In : 3rd International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation (05 - 07 May 2016, Winterthur, Switzerland)
Child language brokering: Spaces of belonging and mediators of cultural knowledge (2016-05)
Crafter, S. and Iqbal, H.
In : Non-professional Interpreting and Translation (05 May - 07 May 2016, Winterthur, Switzerland)
Child language brokering in school: whose interests does it serve? (2016-01)
Cline, Tony; Crafter, Sarah and Prokopiou, Evangelia
In : DECP Annual Conference 2016: Towards an inclusive psychology – do labels and diagnoses help or hinder? (6-8 January 2016, London)
Developing evidence-based guidance on child language brokering in schools (2014)
Cline, Tony; Prokopiou, Evangelia and Crafter, Sarah
In : 2nd International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation (NPIT2) (29-31 May 2014, Germersheim, Germany)
What is this thing called bullying? : using sociocultural framing to interpret research on defining school bullying. (2013-11)
Maunder, R and Crafter, Sarah
In : British Psychological Society Psychology of Education Section Conference (8-10 November 2013, The Mariott Hotel, York)
Young children's representations of identities of high and low achievers in mathematics (2013)
Crafter, Sarah and de Abreu, Guida
In : European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (27-31 Aug 2013, Munich)
Understanding immigrant students' transitions as mathematical learners from a dialogical self perspective (2013)
Crafter, Sarah; de Abreu, Guida; Prat, Montserrat and Gorgorio, Núria
In : 15th EARLI and JURE Conference on Responsible Teaching and Sustainable Learning (26-31 Aug 2013, Munich, Germany)
Teachers' representations of immigrant students and their home cultures: a dialogical self analysis (2011-09)
Abreu, Guida de; Crafter, Sarah; Hale, Hannah and O'Sullivan Lago, Rita
In : European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) (30 Aug - 3 Sep 2011, Exeter, UK)
Teachers discussions about parental use of implicit and explicit mathematics in the home (2011-02)
Crafter, Sarah and de Abreu, Guida
In : Seventh Conference of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (9-11 February 2011, Rzeszow, Poland)
Using the vignette methodology as a tool for exploring cultural identity positions (2010-09)
Crafter, Sarah; De Abreu, Guida; Cline, Tony and O'Dell, Lindsay
In : European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Special Interest Group 21: Learning and Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings: Moving through cultures of learning (2-3 Sep 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands)
The mediating role of a minority ethnic teacher's past experiences as a tool for understanding mathematical learning and teaching (2010-09)
Crafter, Sarah and De Abreu, Guida
In : European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Special Interest Group 21: Learning and Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings: Moving through cultures of learning (2-3 Sep 2010, Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Researching children and young people's lives: the problem of interpretation in vignette methodology (2010-08)
Crafter, S.; O'Dell, Lindsay; Cline, T. and de Abreu, G.
In : BPS Qualitative Research in Psychology Section QMiP conference (23–25 Aug 2010, Nottingham, UK)
Parental re-sources of understanding mathematical achievement in culturally diverse settings (2008-05)
Crafter, Sarah
In : European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction Conference: 1st SIG 21 (Learning and Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings) Meeting (19–20 May 2008, Gothenberg, Sweden)
The care of children, by children: Forced Displacement and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) (2016-12)
Crafter, S. and Rosen, R.
UCL UNICEF Panel Discussion: Children in Crisis
Adoption reform : messages from local authorities on changes in processes and timescales: final report (2014-07)
Crafter, Sarah; Quy, K; Munro, E; Meetoo, V and Hollingworth, K
Department for Education
Child Language Brokering in School: Final Research Report (2014)
Cline, T.; Crafter, S. and Prokopiou, E.
The Nuffield Foundation
The online multi-agency support barometer (2013-04)
Crafter, Sarah; Stein, Samuel; Butler, Helen and Smith, Lesley-Ann
South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT)

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