Dr Louise Webber
Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies
Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
BA Hons Early Childhood Studies and Foundation Lecturer and Programme Leader
- Doctor of Education, (2010-2015), Plymouth University.
- Master of Education, (2003-2005),Open University.
- Advanced Diploma in Child Development, (2001-2003), Open University.
- Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status (QTLS) (2011), Institute for Learning.
- Certificate in Education, (1999-2001), Plymouth University.
- D32, D33 Assessor’s Awards, (2000), Petroc College (formerly East Devon).
- NVQ 3 in Playwork, (1999), Petroc College (formerly East Devon).
- NNEB (Nursery Nursing), (1988-1990), Petroc College (formerly North Devon)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2014)
My teaching interests include professional practice, WBL/reflective practice, Foundation Year modules, research methods.
Staff serving as external examiners
Cardiff Met University - BA Hons Early Years Education and Professional Practice with Early Years Practitioner Status (EYPS)
Doctorate research title: 'Mature Women and Higher Education: Reconstructing Identity and Family Relationships'.
My past and current research mainly focuses upon the effects of identity transformation on mature women and the family unit as a whole, through a consideration of the impact of HE on family life. I am interested in the narrative accounts of women students (Undergraduate and Professional Doctorate) who juggle study and family lives. The themes of identity change, transformations and family capital are central to my research.
More recently I have researched into the effects of studying on family life from a child's perspective and I have begun to explore Foundation Year Students' experiences of studying. I am also starting a project working collaboratively with ECS students looking at WBL and reflection.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Webber, L. & Dismore, H. (2020) Mothers and higher education: balancing time, study and space, Journal of Further and Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2020.1820458
SRHE Conference for Newer and Early Career Researchers, Coldra Court Hotel, Wales,December 2017, ’My mummy studies’ – An investigation into the effects of higher education on family life’ .
Mature Learners in Further and Higher Education: a symposium, Plymouth University,June 2017, 'Juggling Higher Education Studies and Family Life'.
Petroc Scholarly Activity Conference, Barnstaple College, June 2017, 'Juggling Higher Education Studies and Family Life'.
SRHE Conference for Newer and Early Career Researchers, Celtic Manor Hotel, Wales,December 2016, 'Women and Professional Doctorates: Changing professional identity and family relationships'.
Inaugural International Research Conference organised by the Further Education Research Association (FERA), Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, 12th July 2014, ‘Mature Women and Higher Education:Threatening or enriching marital relationships?’
Early Childhood Workforce Conference, 20th June 2014, Plymouth University, ‘Being a Mature Early Years Degree Student: Certainties, Challenges and Opportunities’.