Dr Gale Macleod is an expert in educational practices, examining the obstacles that prevent young people from engaging in learning. Her academic career began at Oxford University, where she gained BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology before entering therapeutic work and teaching, a field that has become the primary focus of Dr Macleod’s scholastic discipline and pedagogy.
Dr Macleod has an extensive background in care and teaching, working with young people described as having social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). She took up a post as lecturer in primary education and SEBD at Edinburgh University in 2004, before going on to gain her Masters in Education (MEd), Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), Postgraduate Diploma SEN Specific Learning Difficulties (PGDSpLD) and PhD.
Her undergraduate teaching focuses on the application of a range of theoretical perspectives to promote understanding of disaffected and disruptive behaviour in schools.
Her research centres on social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding disruptive behaviour, school disaffection, philosophy and educational research. She supervises PhD students on subjects relating to her primary research areas and has contributed to a significant number of publications on education.