Elizabeth Scholefield

Elizabeth Scholefield


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Personal profile


Elizabeth Scholefield is a Lecturer in Education.  She joined the School of Education and Lifelong Learning in 2018 and teaches on both the BA Education and BSc Physical Education, Sport and Health programmes.  Elizabeth is also a Digital Champion within the School, supporting her peers to create optimal and effective online teaching and learning experiences. 

Elizabeth holds a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science (University of Hertfordshire, 2008), a PgDip in Psychology (University of Hertfordshire, 2009) and a PhD in Psychology (University of Hertfordshire, 2018).  Her doctoral research explored interpersonal processes in education and sport, specifically factors that can influence the psychological aspects of pedagogical relationships (e.g., stress, expectations and motivation).

Prior to joining UEA, Elizabeth worked as a performance consultant, applying her knowledge and research findings to supporting individuals and teams in sport, education and business settings to develop and maintain effective communication and reach their potential.  Elizabeth was also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.  

Key Research Interests

Elizabeth’s research focuses on factors that can influence interpersonal processes in pedagogical relationships.  Her recent work has focused on gaining an insight into the impacts of stress, expectations and motivations on mutual understanding in relationships.  Elizabeth is also interested in the stressors experienced by individuals in pedagogical settings (e.g., teachers, students, coaches and athletes) and the use of coping strategies employed to alleviate debilitating effects of stress on the individual and their practices.     Elizabeth is keen to continue developing research which explores the experiences of individuals in pedagogical environments.  

Elizabeth is a pragmatic researcher, adopting both qualitative and quantitative approaches to investigate a particular research problem.  Elizabeth often employs multiple-methods and mixed-methods in her research.     

Teaching Interests

Elizabeth teaches on a wide range of undergraduate modules within the School of Education and Lifelong Learning.  Current modules include: Motivation in Education, Educational Theory and Practice, Educational Psychology, Acquiring and Developing Skills, Sport and Exercise Psychology and High Performance Sport. She also supervises Dissertation projects.