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Research and publications

Stefan Kucharczyk, BA Hons, PGCE, PGCHE, FHEA MRes

Recent teaching roles

Associate Lecturer, (2018-present) - The Open University
Education Studies, Primary Education 

Visiting Lecturer (2015-2020) - Leeds Trinity University
Primary Education

Research interests

  • creativity and children's writing in primary education
  • children as authors and auteurs
  • film-making, visual literacy, digital literacy
  • teacher identity

Keywords: writing, creativity, children as authors, film-making, graphic novels, teacher identity, performativity, children as auteurs



Kucharczyk, S. and Kucharczyk, M. (forthcoming 2021) Teaching Shakespeare in Primary Literacy: All the World’s A Stage, London: David Fulton
Gill, A., Kucharczyk, S. and Lenahan, C. (forthcoming 2021) Reading and children’s lives. In A. Gill, M. Stephenson, and D. Waugh (Eds.) Developing a Love of Reading and Books. London: Sage.

Kucharczyk, S. and Kucharczyk, M. (2017) All the World’s A Stage: Ideas for teaching Shakespeare in the primary classroom, Leeds: ARTiculate Education


Kucharczyk, S and Hanna, H., (2020) 'Balancing teacher power and children’s rights: rethinking the use of picturebooks in multicultural primary schools in England' in Human Rights Education Review 3(1):49-68, June 2020

Kucharczyk, S. (2020)  'Teacher identity in a performative age: Coming to research through autoethnography' BERA Blog Series, 5 May 2020 [ONLINE] Available at:  [Accessed on 5 May 2020]

Kucharczyk, S. (2018) ‘Ode to nowhere’, Storymakers Dialogues: Making Sense of Ourselves in the World, Issue 1, June 2018 [Online] Available at:

Hanna, H. and Kucharczyk, S. (2017) ‘How to use picture books to get your class talking about emotions’ The Guardian Teacher Network, 26 October 2017 [Online] Available at:

Kucharczyk, S. (2017) An Author Way: a shift in the pedagogy of writing [Online] Available at:

Hanna, H. and Kucharczyk, S. (2016) ‘Five ways to help migrant children settle in your class.’ The Guardian Teacher Network, 22 November 2016 [Online] Available at:

Kucharczyk, S. (2016) ‘More than a thousand words: a salute to the genius of picture books.’ TES Online, [Online] Available at:

Kucharczyk, S. (2016) ‘Engaging your rogue ones: using Star Wars in the classroom.’ TES Online [Online] Available at:

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