Rod Parker-Rees
Profiles

Rod Parker-Rees

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Early Childhood Studies

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

Role

Coordinator of Early Childhood Studies. Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme.

Qualifications

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-

Professional membership

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.

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

Teaching interests

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.

Research interests

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.

Other research

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.  

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Parker-Rees R & Mello S 2014 'De nós para você para mim: a co-construção da identidade nas interações iniciais (From us to you to me: the co-construction of identity in early interactions)' Perspectiva 32, (3) 901-917 Publisher Site , DOI
Parker-Rees R & Haynes J 2012 'Informal aspects of ‘becoming peer’ in undergraduate research: ‘still connected but going our separate ways’' Pastoral Care in Education 31, (1) 79-91 , DOI
Parker-Rees R 2007 'Liking to be liked: imitation, familiarity and pedagogy in the first years of life' Early Years: an international journal of research and development 27, (1) 3-17 , DOI
Books
Parker-Rees ROD; Leeson C 2015 Early Childhood Studies. 4th London Sage/Learning Matters Limited 1 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R; Brooker L; Oberhuemer P 2014 Professional Issues in Work with Babies and Toddlers. Abingdon Routledge Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R, Drummond MJ, Jenkinson S, Rees S, Waite S, Nicol J, Burnett J & Mepham T 2011 Meeting the Child in Steiner Kindergartens: an exploration of beliefs, values and practices. Routledge
Parker-Rees R; Leeson C 2010 Early Childhood Studies: an introduction to the study of children's worlds and children's lives. 3 Exeter Learning Matters Publisher Site
Willan J; Parker-Rees R; Savage J 2007 Early Childhood Studies: an introduction to the study of children's worlds and children's lives. 2 Exeter Learning Matters Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R; Willan J 2006 Early Years Education. London Routledge Major Themes in Education Publisher Site
Willan J; Parker-Rees R; Savage J 2004 Early childhood studies: an introduction to the study of children's worlds and children's lives. 1 Exeter Learning Matters Publisher Site
Chapters
Parker-Rees R 2015 'Concepts of childhood: meeting with difference' in Parker-Rees ROD; Leeson C Early Childhood Studies: an introduction to the study of children's lives and children's worlds London Sage/Learning Matters 191-203 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 2015 'Developing Communication: getting to know each other' in Parker-Rees ROD; Leeson C Early childhood Studies: an introduction to the study of children's lives and children's worlds London Sage/Learning Matters 42-56 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 2015 'Introduction' in Parker-Rees ROD; Leeson C Early Childhood Studies: an introduction to the study of children's lives and children's worlds London Sage/Learning Matters 1-11 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 2014 'Hunting and gathering: : two distinct forms of learning from play' in Moyles J The Excellence Of Play McGraw-Hill Education (UK) 74-83
Parker-Rees R 2014 'Playfulness and learning who we are: the co-construction of identity in the first years' in Brooker E; Blaise M; Edwards S The Sage Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood London Sage 366-377
Parker-Rees R 2013 'Collaborative Re-creation' in Lake R; Connery C Constructing a Community of Thought: letters on the scholarship, teaching and mentoring of Vera John-Steiner New York Peter Lang 172-176 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 2013 'Collaborative Recreation:‘…more is learned than is taught’' in Lake R; Connery M Constructing a Community of Thought: letters on the scholarship, teaching and mentoring of Vera John-Steiner New York Peter Lang 172-176
Parker-Rees R & Rees S 2011 'How the Steiner kindergarten environment helps adults and children to get to know each other' in Parker-Rees R Meeting the Child in Steiner Kindergartens Abingdon Routledge 41-52 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 2011 'Introduction: ways of knowing children' in Parker-Rees R Meeting the Child in Steiner Kindergartens Abingdon Routledge 1-12 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 2010 'Active Playing and Learning' in Parker-Rees R; Leeson C Early Childhood Studies: an introduction to the study of children's worlds and children's lives Exeter Learning Matters 27-38 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 2010 'Developing Communication: enjoying the company of other people' in Parker-Rees R; Leeson C Early Childhood Studies: an introduction to the study of children's worlds and children's lives Exeter Learning Matters 39-49 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 2010 'Hunting and Gathering: how play helps us to let in, as well as to get in, information about our environment' in Moyles J The Excellence of Play Maidenhead, UK Open University Press 67-79 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 2010 'Introduction' in Parker-Rees R; Leeson C Early Childhood Studies: an introduction to the study of children's worlds and children's lives Exeter Learning Matters 1-10 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 2007 'Primary communication – what can adults learn from babies?’' in Moyles J Early Years Foundations: meeting the challenge Maidenhead, UK Open University Press/McGraw Hill 27-39 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 1999 'Protecting Playfulness' in Abbott L; Moylett H Early education transformed London Routledge 61-72 Publisher Site
Parker-Rees R 1997 'The Tale of a task: learning beyond the map' in Pollard A; Thiessen D; Filer A Children and their curriculum London Routledge Falmer 34-48 Publisher Site