Dr Louise Webber

Dr Louise Webber

Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

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

BA Hons Early Childhood Studies Lecturer


  • 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)

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)  (2014)

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include professional practice, research methods and developmental perspectives.

Current Teaching:
EEC401 - An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies
EEC404 - Understanding Development: Biology and Psychology
EEC412 - Multi-Professional Perspectives: Working Together in the Early Years
EEC501 - Introduction to Research in Early Childhood Studies
EEC503 - Developing Communication in the Early Years
EEC526 - Work Based Learning
EEC512 - Working with a Range of Professionals: The Impact on Young Children
FLECS601 - Dissertation Supervisor
EEC/FLECS611 - Independent Study Module.

Research interests

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.

I have also conducted research in a primary school focusing on strategies used to support children who are looked after and adopted who may struggle with establishing emotional bonds and relationships in schools. 

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Webber L 2020 'Researching with children using Skype interviews and drawings: methodological and ethical issues explored' Journal of Early Childhood Research , DOI PEARL
Webber LA, Goodall H, Wickett K & Huggins V 2017 'From student to graduate: Four learners’ perspectives of the professional doctorate journey' Management in Education , DOI PEARL
Webber LA 2017 'Women, higher education and family capital: ‘i could not have done it without my family!’' Research in Post-Compulsory Education , DOI PEARL
Webber LA 2017 ''Supporting professional doctorate women students through identity change and turbulent times: who cares?'' Pastoral Care in Education , DOI PEARL
Webber L 2017 'A school’s journey in creating a relational environment which supports attachment and emotional security' Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties 1-15 , DOI PEARL
Webber L 2015 'Mature women and higher education: reconstructing identity and family relationships' Research in Post-Compulsory Education 20, (2) 208-226 , DOI PEARL
Webber L 2014 'Accessing HE for non-traditional students: ‘Outside of my position’' Research in Post-Compulsory Education 19, (1) 91-106 , DOI PEARL
Webber L 2017 Juggling Higher Education Study and Family Life. Trentham Books Limited