Dr Jan Georgeson

Dr Jan Georgeson

Associate Professor

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Jan can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Education
  • Research
  • Early years
  • Special educational needs
  • Disability
  • Professional development

Developing and conducting independent research projects and collaborating with colleagues in the development of research within Plymouth Institute of Education .

Research Practice Lead, overseeing University Practice Settings


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); Teacher-in-charge: children with speech and language difficulties (3 to 5); reading difficulties and curriculum support (5-16 years). Registered Nursery Inspector (educational programmes).

Previous research experience: 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; participatory research with children; Dissertation supervision

Master's level:Critical Perspectives on Inclusion and Diversity; Professionalism in the  Early Years; Leadership & Pedagogy; Child Development; Research Methodology; Dissertation supervision. 

Doctoral level: Research Methods. Thesis supervision in Inclusion (including international perspectives); Transitions; International study trips;

Professional membership

Member of BERA (British Educational Research Association); Member of BERA Engagement Committee; Co-convenor, Early Childhood Education and Care SIG (special interest group)
Member of ISCAR (International Society For Cultural And Activity Research)
Member of Scientific Committee: EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association)
Member of Scientific Committee: CIPE (Congreso Internacional de Psicología y Educación)

Trustee of TACTYC (Association for the Professional Development in Early Years)

Editor, Early Years; an International Research Journal
Editorial board member, Methodological Innovations Online

Teaching interests

Supervision of doctoral students towards EdD and PhD

Joint Module lead for MAED701 Researching Education Practice in Context (REPIC) MA Ed Core module 

Research Methods: using Activity Theory as a research framework; using multiple methods
Special Educational Needs and Disability; Ontology of Difference
Writing skills: writing for publication; dissertation and thesis writing

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner at UCL: Master's in Early Years (F2F and Online)

Research interests

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 University Practice Settings, professionalisation of the early years workforce, professional development, the semiotics of buildings for children’s services; ICT and pedagogy (including robotics and computational thinking).

I am interested in supervising research projects concerned with professional development, early years provision, with disability, inclusion and special educational needs across the age range, or projects where fine grain linguistic analysis and/or activity theory would offer an appropriate methodological approach.

Research groups

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Dimitriadis C, Georgeson J, Paliokosta P & Van Herwegen J 2021 'Twice-Exceptional Students of Mathematics in England: What Do the Teachers Know?' Roeper Review 43, (2) 99-111 , DOI
Georgeson J 2021 'Editorial' Early Years 1-4 , DOI
Georgeson J 2020 'Editorial' Early Years 40, (2) 157-160 , DOI
Georgeson J 2018 'Editorial' Early Years 38, (4) 333-334 , DOI
Passy RA, Georgeson J & Gompertz B 2018 'Building learning partnerships between schools and universities: an example from south-west England' Journal of Education for Teaching 44, (5) , DOI Open access
Georgeson J 2017 'Editorial' Early Years 37, (4) 339-340 , DOI
Dimitriadis C & Georgeson J 2017 'Provision for mathematically able children in primary schools: a review of practice five years after England dropped the gifted and talented initiative' Educational Review 358-380 , DOI Open access
Payler J, Georgeson J & Wong S 2016 'Young children shaping interprofessional practice in early years settings: Towards a conceptual framework for understanding experiences and participation' Learning, Culture and Social Interaction 8, 12-24 , DOI
Georgeson J & Campbell Barr VJG 2015 'Attitudes and the early years workforce' Early Years 1, (35) 321-332 Publisher Site , DOI
Campbell Barr VJG, Georgeson J & Nagy Varga A 2015 'The role of Higher Education in forming loving early childhood educators in Hungary and England' Hungarian Educational Research Journal Publisher Site
Campbell Barr VJG, Georgeson J & Nagy Varga A 2015 'Developing Professional Early Childhood Educators in England and Hungary: Where Has All the Love Gone?' European Education (4) 311-330 Publisher Site , DOI
Georgeson J, Campbell-Barr V, Bakosi É, Nemes M, Pálfi S & Sorzio P 2015 'Can we have an international approach to child-centred early childhood practice?' Early Child Development and Care 1-18 Author Site , DOI Open access
Seale J, Georgeson J, Mamas C & Swain J 2015 'Not the right kind of ‘digital capital’? An examination of the complex relationship between disabled students, their technologies and higher education institutions' Computers & Education 82, 118 - 128-118 - 128 Publisher Site , DOI
Georgeson JM, Porter J, Daniels H & Feiler A 2014 'Consulting young children about barriers and supports to learning: teachers' evaluations and children's responses' European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 22, (3)
Georgeson J, Porter J, Daniels H & Feiler A 2014 'Consulting young children about barriers and supports to learning' EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL 22, (2) 198-212 Author Site , DOI
Georgeson JM & Payler JK 2013 'Multiagency working in the early years: confidence, competence and context' Early Years: An International Research Journal 33, (4) 380-397
Payler JK & Georgeson JM 2013 'Personal action potency: early years practitioners participating in interprofessional practice in early years settings' International Journal of Early Years Education 21, (1) 39-55 , DOI
Porter J, Georgeson JM, Daniels H, Martin S & Feiler A 2012 'Reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils: what support do parents want for their child?' European Journal of Special Needs Education 28, (1) 1-18 , DOI
Porter J, Daniels H, Martin S, Hacker J, Feiler A & Georgeson JM 2012 'Supporting Schools in Identifying and Safeguarding the Needs of Disabled Children: the challenges for data collection' Educational Review 64, (1) 77-98 , DOI
Feiler A, Porter J, Daniels H & Georgeson JM 2012 'The use and usefulness of a parent questionnaire to help schools identify disability' Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs Volume 12, (1) 22-27 , DOI
Porter J, Daniels H, Feiler A & Georgeson J 2011 'Collecting disability data from parents' RESEARCH PAPERS IN EDUCATION 26, (4) 427-443 Author Site , DOI
Porter J, Daniels H, Feiler A & Georgeson JM 2011 'Recognising the needs of every disabled child: the development of tools for a disability census' British Journal of Special Education 120–125 38, (3) 120-125
Porter J, Daniels H, Feiler A & Georgeson JM 2009 'Collecting disability data from parents. 11 November 2009 (iFirst), pp. 1-17' Research Papers in Education 1-17
Healey M, Roberts H, Fuller M, Georgeson JM, Hurst A, Kelly K, Riddell S & Weedon E 2008 'Reasonable adjustments and disabled students' experiences of learning, teaching and assessment' Interchange Publisher Site
Georgeson MA, Lampard J & Georgeson JM 2005 'Kits, colours and confusion: a pilot study of vision and football' Perception 34, 633-637
Georgeson MA & Georgeson JM 1987 'Facilitation and masking of briefly presented gratings: time-course and contrast dependence' Vision Res 27, (3) 369-379 Author Site , DOI
Georgeson MA & Georgeson JM 1985 'On seeing temporal gaps between gratings: a criterion problem for measurement of visible persistence' Vision Res 25, (11) 1729-1733 Author Site , DOI
Georgeson J & Campbell-Barr V 2017 Places for two-year-olds in the early years: Supporting learning and development. , DOI
Moyles J, Georgeson JM & Payler J 2017 Beginning teaching beginning learning in Early Years and Primary Education. Open Univ Pr
Georgeson JM; Campbell-Barr V 2015 International Perspectives on Early Years Workforce Development. Northwich Critical Publishing
Moyles J, Payler & Georgeson 2014 Early Years Foundations Meeting the Challenge. Open University Press
Moyles J, Payler J & Georgeson J 2014 Early Years Foundations: Critical Issues. McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
Georgeson JM & Payler J 2013 international Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care. Maidenhead Open University Press
Fuller M, Georgeson J, Healey M, Hurst A, Kelly K, Riddell S, Roberts H & Weedon E 2013 Improving disabled students’ learning: Experiences and outcomes. , DOI
Georgeson J 2017 'Sustainable leadership in the early years' Early Childhood Education and Care for Sustainability Routledge 124-136 , DOI
Georgeson JM & Campbell-Barr V 2017 'Researching the “Free Places for 2-Year-Olds” Initiative From Multiple Perspectives With a Mixed-Methods Approach: Managing Time and Timings' Sage , DOI
Georgeson J & Jarvis P 2017 'Parenting and the family in the 21st Century' BERA-TACTYC Early Childhood Research Review 2003-2017 London BERA 30-48
Georgeson JM, Payler J & Røn Larsen M 2016 'Using Early Years practitioners’ knowledge
from ‘being alongside’ to support the development
of children with special educational needs' in Sozio P Diventare un professionista esperto nei Servizi Educativi. Competenze, transizioni
e processi di crescita (Becoming an Expert Practitioner in the Educational Services. Competences, Transitions and Trajectories) Lecce Pensa MultiMedia 57-68
Georgeson JM & Campbell-Barr V 2015 'Pulling the threads together' in Georgeson JM; Campbell-Barr V International Perspectives on Early Years Workforce Development 136-142
Georgeson JM 2015 'Becoming a disabled student in Higher Education: rights and relationships' in Cornacchia M Andare a tempo. Ripensare la vita indipendente dell'adulto con disabilità
Georgeson JM & Payler J 2014 'Work or play: how children learn to read the signals' in Moyles J The Excellence Of Play McGraw-Hill Education (UK) 159-172
Payler J & Georgeson J 2014 'Qualifications and Quality in the Early Years Foundation Stage' in Moyles J; Payler J; Georgeson J Early Years Foundations: Critical Issues McGraw-Hill Education (UK) 52-63
Georgeson JM 2013 'Using CHAT to understand systems to support disabled students in Higher Education' in Wells G; Edwards A Pedagogy in Higher Education: A Cultural Historical Approach
Georgeson JM, Payler JK & Wickett K 2013 'Early Childhood Development and Care in England: Piecemeal development through Philanthropy, Propagation, Pluralism and Pragmatism' in Payler JK International Perspectives on Early Childhood Development and Care
2012 'Debates on Early Childhood Policies and Practices' Routledge , DOI
Payler J & Georgeson JM 2011 'Social class and culture: building bridges' in Moyles J; Georgeson JM; Payler J Btbl in Primary Education Open Univ Pr 203-214
Georgeson JM 2011 'Diverse needs, different provision; how differences in preschool settings support children to learn how to be learners' in Daniels H; Hedegaard M Vygotsky and Special Needs Education Continuum Intl Pub Group 191-206
Georgeson JM & Payler J 2010 'Work or play: How children learn to read the signals about activity type in today’s early years provision' in Moyles J The Excellence of Play Open University Press 34-52
Roberts H, Georgeson JM & Kelly K 2009 'Identity work: ways of being a disabled student in higher education' in Fuller M; Georgeson JM; Healey M; Hurst A; Kelly K; Riddell S; Roberts H; Weedon E Improving disabled students' learning 96-113
Georgeson JM 2009 'Organisational Structures for Disability Support: Contradictions as Catalysts for Change' in Fuller M; Georgeson J; Healey M; Hurst A; Kelly K; Riddell S; Roberts H; Weedon E Improving disabled students' learning 146-163
Georgeson JM 2009 'The Professionalisation Of The Early Years Workforce' in Edwards S; Nutall J Professional Learning in Early Childhood Settings Sense Pub 115-130
Georgeson JM 2008 'Constructing meanings together: differences in the interactional microclimate' in Moyles JR; Papatheodorou T Learning together in the early years 120-135
2008 'Learning Together in the Early Years' Routledge , DOI
Conference Papers
Georgeson J & Campbell-Barr V 2017 'Places for Two-year-olds in the Early Years' Routledge , DOI
Georgeson J 2012 'Methodological issues in accessing children's views: using interviews and questionnaires' 1605-1609 , DOI
Passy RA, Georgeson J, Schaefer N & Kaimi I 2017 Evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination. Department for Education https://afaeducation.org/media/1301/evaluation-of-the-impact-and-effectiveness-of-the-national-award-for-special-educational-needs-coordination.pdf Achievement for All Publisher Site Open access
Georgeson J & Passy R 2017 Review of the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination Provider Group quality assurance processes. Department for Education https://afaeducation.org/media/1302/review-of-the-national-award-for-special-educational-needs-coordination-provider-group-quality-assurance-processes.pdf Achievement for All Publisher Site Open access
Georgeson J, Campbell-Barr V, Mathers S, Boag-Munroe G, Parker-Rees R & Caruso F 2014 TWO-YEAR-OLDS in England: an exploratory study. Tactyc Author Site
Porter J, Daniels H, Feiler A, Georgeson JM, Martin S & Hacker J 2010 Testing of Disability Identification Tool for Schools: Preparing for the 2011 School Census. Testing of Disability Identification Tool for Schools: Preparing for the 2011 School Census Nottingham Publisher Site
Porter J, Daniels H, Georgeson JM, Hacker J, Gallop V & Feiler A 2008 Disability Data Collection for Children's Services. Disability Data Collection for Children's Services. DCSF Nottingham DCSF
Evangelou M, Sylva K, Edwards A & Smith T 2008 Supporting Parents in Promoting Early Learning The Evaluation of the Early Learning Partnership Project. Supporting Parents in Promoting Early Learning The Evaluation of the Early Learning Partnership Project DCSF Nottingham
Other Publications
Campbell Barr VJG & Georgeson J 2017 Comparative Research on the Attitudinal Competence for Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe. Sage Research Methods , DOI Open access