Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Early Childhood Studies
Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
Coordinator of Early Childhood Studies. Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme.
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, (open scholarship), Class II, Magdalen College, Oxford, 1981.
PGCE (Early Years), Bristol Polytechnic,1984.
MPhil University of the West of England (Andrew Pollard, Kathy Sylva), 1993.
Nursery and Reception class teacher 1984-93 with secondments to National Primary Centre, South West, 1989-91
University of Plymouth, Faculty of Education, 1993-
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Roles on external bodies
Co-editor (1998-) of Early Years - An International Research Journal, a fully refereed academic journal published by Taylor and Francis, and hosted at University of Plymouth since September 2001. Journal of Education for Teaching, Studies in Higher Education and other journals
Ex-officio member of executive committee of TACTYC (association for the professional development of early years educators) (1998-)
Referee for International Journal of Early Years Education,
Journal of Education for Teaching, Studies in Higher Education and other journals
Reviewer for Blackwell, Continuum, Open University Press, Pearson Education, Routledge, Sage and Wiley-Blackwell (book and book series proposals)
Reviewer and Rapporteur for ESRC
Approaches to researching development in infancy and early childhood, with particular focuses on playfulness, communication, early movement and social learning. History of concepts of childhood. My aim is to foster enjoyment of critical enquiry by helping students to relate their own 'private' interests, concerns and experiences to 'public' research findings, theoretical models and frameworks.
Playfulness - especially as this develops into adulthood, e.g in early years practitioners' willingness to interpret constraints, policies etc.
Approaches to understanding early development, especially early communication and the place of movement and self-initiated activity in early learning.
Affective factors in early development, including approaches to promoting and maintaining a sense of community in early years settings - involving children, families and practitioners and helping to make workplaces convivial and enjoyable.
Leader of TFAS project, Developing Sustainable Student Communities, with Joanna Haynes, Mel Joyner and students from Early Childhood Studies, Education Studies and Sociology programmes, 2011-12
Leader of CARITAS (Collaborative Application of Research Into Tutoring for Autonomous Study) RiT project (TQEF funding £21,300) 2007-8.
Member of Steiner Early Years Assessment research project (with David Reynolds, John Burnett, Mary Jane Drummond, Janni Nichol, Sally Jenkinson, Sarah Rees-Elford, Jenny Willan and Sue Waites) 2007-8 and editor of resulting book - 'Meeting the child in Steiner Kindergartens' Routledge 2010.
Member of Socrates 6.1 funded project 'Working on Basic competences in Teacher Training for Pre- and Primary Education', developing materials to support student teachers in developing skills in reflection and self-assessment, 2004.
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