Dr Norman Gabriel
Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies
Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies on the BA in ECS programme.
Teaching on the Master's Programme in Education and Ed.D programmes
D.Phil - University of Sussex, 1998
Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing - Glasgow Caledonian University, 1986
BA Social Sciences Honours 2:1 - University of the West of Scotland, 1983
British Sociological Association
Sociology of Early Childhood, Developmental Psychology
Staff serving as external examiners
BEd (Hons) Primary Programme, University of Aberdeen
Doctorate in Social Sciences, MSc in Training, Human Resources Management and Performance Management, Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester (2002-2010).
My research interests are in the sociology of early childhood and the relation between sociology and developmental psychology. I have an international reputation in applying the sociological work of Norbert Elias, co-editing a multi-disciplinary, social science Monograph for Sociological Review with Professor Stephen Mennell, Norbert Elias and Figurational Research: Processual Thinking in Sociology (2011). I have recently edited with Professor Lars Bo Kaspersen a special issue for The History of the Human Sciences, Norbert Elias and Process Sociology - Across Disciplines (2014).
I have recently written a book, The Sociology of Early Childhood: Critical Perspectives, published by Sage in 2017. You can link to the book's page on the Sage website at: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sociology-of-early-childhood/book241026
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Caroline Leeson, The involvement of looked after children in making decisions about their present and future care needs, awarded December 2009
Marie Lavelle, A Sociological Investigation of Sure Start Children's Centres: Understanding Parental Participation, awarded December 2011
Göran Krantz, Students' experiences of dance – a hermeneutic phenomenological study, awarded January 2015
Russell Shobrook, Greenies, Growlers and Goffers - the development of the Royal Navy Habitus, awarded July 2017
Zenna Kingdon, A qualitative exploration of children's experiences of role-play in two pack-away settings, awarded September, 2017
Grants & contracts
Director of Studies, ‘The Role of Children’s Centres in Addressing Issues of Inequality’, jointly funded PhD project over three years by Devon County Council and HEIFC - £50,000
Community Research Award (£9252) to work with the Lark Children’s Centre in Plymouth.
This project worked with the local community developing new and ongoing relationships with key stakeholders, such as Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Primary Care Trust.
- Early Childhood Studies
- PhD in Education
- Professional Theory and Practice
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Other academic activities
Co-editor for Plymouth University Journal of Postgraduate Education Study, an electronic journal that encourages research and critical reflection on school knowledge, practice and policy.
Peer Reviewer for Human Figurations - Long term perspectives on the human condition
External PhD examiner: ‘Parenthood and Civilisation: An Analysis of Parenting Discourse Produced in Australia in the Inter-War Years, awarded 2009 at Murdoch University, Australia