Dr Jan Georgeson
Senior Research Fellow in Early Education Development
Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
Developing and conducting independent research projects and collaborating with colleagues in the development of research within Plymouth Institute of Education
BA Hons Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
MA Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
PG Cert Ed, University of Bristol
PG Certificate in Research Methods, University of Birmingham
EdD (Educational Disadvantage and Special Educational Needs), University of Birmingham
Teaching experience: Portage/Home Support (birth to 5 years); children with speech and language difficulties (3 to 5); reading difficulties and curriculum support (5-16 years)
Registered Nursery Inspector (educational programmes).
Research: contract work for Universities of Birmingham, Bath, Oxford and Gloucestershire, and for OECD, DCSF and CWDC.
HE teaching: Undergraduate level: Inclusion; Special Educational Needs; Child Development; Policy and Early Years provision; Leadership and Management; Dissertation supervision
Master's level:Professionalism in the Early Years; Leadership & Pedagogy; Child Development; Dissertation supervision.
Doctoral level: Research Methods. Thesis supervision
Member of BERA (British Educational Research Association); Convenor, Early Childhood Education and Care SIG (special interest group)
Editor, Early Years; an International Research Journal
Research Methods: using Activity Theory as a research framework; using multiple methods
Staff serving as external examiners
External Examiner at Leeds Metropolitan University: BA (Hons) Childhood in the Early Years
My research is strongly influenced by sociocultural and activity theory, in particular when applied to organisational structure, interactional style and approaches to pedagogy.
I have been involved in research projects investigating the experience of disabled students in Higher Education and the collection of data on disability in schools, with a particular focus in ways to access pupils' views.
I am currently researching the professionalisation of the early years workforce, professional development and interprofessional working, the semiotics of buildings for children’s services and ICT and pedagogy (including supporting language learning)
I am interested in supervising research projects concerned with Early Years provision, with disability, inclusion and special eduational needs across the age range, or projects where fine grain linguistic analysis and/or activity theory would offer an appropriate methodological approach.
- PhD in Education
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