Dr Verity Campbell Barr
Profiles

Dr Verity Campbell Barr

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer)

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

Role

I am currently a European Research Fellow in the Faculty of Child and Adult Education at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. Whilst in Hungary I will be conducting a research project on the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudinal Competences for Quality Early Childhood Education and Care

. The project includes four stages:


European mapping of ECEC qualification and child outcome data 
Systematic (qualitative) analysis of qualifications in selected European countries of the knowledge, skills and attitudes advocated
Hungarian online survey of knowledge, skills and attitudinal competences advocated by kindergarten pedagogues
 Micro analysis of Hungarian approaches to ECEC pedagogue training

Qualifications

BCs in Sociology, University of Plymouth
MA in Gender Culture and Modernity, Goldsmiths College, University of London
PhD 'The Economy of Childcare' Canterbury Christ Church University

Research interests

Understandings of quality early childhood education and care from multiple perspectives

The mixed economy of childcare and early years education provision

Experiences of working in early childhood occupations (including things such as the role of qualifications and dispositions, work-life balance, and managing settings)

The role of childcare in supporting employment and the welfare to work agenda

Qualitative research methods

Grants & contracts

Current Research: 

  • ‘Knowledge, Skills and Attitudinal Competences for Quality Early childhood Education and Care’ – Funded by the European commission under the Marie Curie European Research Fellow Scheme, 109 679 Euro - CURRENT     
        https://ececworkforce.wordpress.com/

Past Projects have included: 
  • Two-Year-Olds in England: and exploratory study - Funded by Tactyc
  • Key Attitudinal Competences for Early Childhood Practitioners: Exploring Global Approaches to Teaching and Learning - Funded by Pedrio
  • ‘Investigate the role of Early Years Professionals in leading communities of quality practice in early years settings in Devon’ – Funded by Plymouth University
  • Teaching Fellowship Award: Connecting Across Boarders (with Valerie Huggins and Steve Wheeler) - Funded by Plymouth University 
  • Parent Initiated Training (with Karen Wickett, Caroline Leeson and Jocey Quinn) - funded by Somerset County Council
  • Quality Measurement Framework: Value for money comparison of public and third sector provision of pre-school childcare and education. - Funded by The Office for National Statistics
  • Parents and Childcare: A Literature Review - Funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and being written in association with the Daycare Trust
    Local Authority Use of Childcare Sufficiency Assessments. - Funded by Government Office South West
  • Employment Retention and Advancement Evaluation - Department of Work and Pensions
  • New Deal Pilots: A Qualitative Evaluation of Quarterly Work Focussed Interviews, Work Search Premium and In Work Credit - Funder Department for Work and Pensions
  • Camden Sufficiency Assessment – Camden Council
  • Paid Officials and Community Engagement in Governance – Joseph Rowntree Foundations
  • The Economy of Childcare – Kent County Council

Research groups

  • Early Childhood Studies
  • PhD in Education
  • Professional Theory and Practice

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Campbell-Barr V 2017 'Editorial' European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 25, (4) 477-482 , DOI PEARL
Campbell-Barr V 2017 'Quality early childhood education and care – the role of attitudes and dispositions in professional development' Early Child Development and Care 187, (1) 45-58 , DOI
Campbell-Barr V 2017 'What does child-centred really mean?' Early Years Educator 18, (12) 38-44 , DOI PEARL
Campbell-Barr V 2016 'Continental workforce' Early Years Educator 17, (12) 33-35 , DOI PEARL
Campbell Barr VJG, Georgeson J & Nagy Varga A 2016 'The role of Higher Education in forming loving early childhood educators in Hungary and England' Hungarian Educational Research Journal Publisher Site
Georgeson J, Campbell-Barr V, Bakosi É, Nemes M, Pálfi S & Sorzio P 2015 'Can we have an international approach to child-centred early childhood practice?' Early Child Development and Care 1-18 Author Site , DOI
Campbell Barr VJG, Georgeson J & Nagy Varga A 2015 'Developing Professional Early Childhood Educators in England and Hungary: Where Has All the Love Gone?' European Education (4) 311-330 Publisher Site , DOI
Campbell-Barr V 2015 'What you need to be made of' Early Years Educator 17, (8) 8-8 , DOI
Campbell Barr VJG 2014 'Constructions of Early Childhood Education and Care Provision: negotiating discourses' Contemporary Issues in Early childhood (1) 5-17
Campbell Barr VJG & Nygard M 2014 'Losing sight of the child? Human capital theory and its role for early childhood education and care policies in Finland and England since the mid-1990s' Contemporary Issues in Early childhood (4) 346-359 Publisher Site
Campbell-Barr V & Coakley A 2014 'Providing choice? A comparison of UK and Ireland's family support in a time of austerity' Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy 1-14 Author Site , DOI
Schoenborn P, Poverjuc O, Campbell Barr VJG & Dalton F 2013 'Limitations of ‘Students as Producers’ in Web 2.0: a reflective account' Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology 2, (2) 5-20
Nygård M, Campbell Barr VJG & Krüger N 2013 'The financial crisis and recent family policy reforms in Finland, Germany and the United Kingdom. Is there a connection?' Journal of Comparative Social Work (2013/2)
Campbell-Barr V 2012 'Early years education and the value for money folklore' EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL 20, (3) 423-437 Author Site , DOI
Leeson C, Campbell Barr VJG & Ho D 2012 'Leading for quality improvement: a comparative research agenda in early childhood education in England and Hong Kong' International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice,
Campbell Barr VJG, Lavelle M & Wickett K 2011 'Exploring alternative approaches to child outcome assessments in Children's Centres' Early Child Development and Care 182, (7) 859-874 Publisher Site , DOI
Leeson C, Campbell-Barr V & Ho D 2010 'Exploring the interplay of leadership and quality improvement in early years settings in England and Hong Kong' JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING 36, (3) 333-335 Author Site , DOI
Ho D, Campbell Barr VJG & Leeson C 2010 'Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings in Hong Kong and England: a Framework for Comparative Studies' International Journal of Early Years Education 3, (18) 241-256 , DOI
Campbell-Barr V 2009 'Care and business orientations in the delivery of childcare: an exploratory study' 7, (1) 76-93 Author Site
Campbell-Barr V 2009 'Contextual issues in assessing value for money in early years education' National Institutes Economic Review 207, 90-101 Author Site , DOI
Ray K, Hoggart L, Taylor R, Vegeris S & Campbell-Barr V 2009 'Rewarding Responsibility? Long-Term Unemployed Men and the Welfare-to-Work Agenda' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 27, (6) 975-990 , DOI
Alderton T & Campbell-Barr V 2005 'Quality early education—quality food and nutrition pracices? Some initial results from a pilot research project into food and nutrition practices in early years settings in Kent, UK' International Journal of Early Years Education 13, (3) 197-213 , DOI
Editorial comments
Georgeson J & Campbell Barr VJG 2015 'Attitudes and the early years workforce' Early Years 1, (35) 321-332 Publisher Site , DOI
Books
Campbell-Barr V & Leeson C 2016 Quality and Leadership in the Early Years Research, Theory and Practice. SAGE
Georgeson JM; Campbell-Barr V 2015 International Perspectives on Early Years Workforce Development. Northwich Critical Publishing
Chapters
Nygård M, Kuisma M, Krüger N & Campbell-Barr V 2016 'Investing in our future? The influence of social investment ideas on family policy discourses in Finland, Germany, and the UK' Discursive Governance in Politics, Policy, and the Public Sphere 31-46 , DOI
Campbell Barr VJG 2016 'Knowledges for the Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce' in Sorzio P Becoming an Expert Practitioner in Educational Services Italy Pensa Multi Media 23-36 PEARL
Selbie P, Blakemore L, Farley C & Campbell Barr VJG 2015 'Britain: a complex mix of philosophy and politics' in Campbell-Barr V; Georegson J International Perspectives on Early Years Workforce Development Northwich Critical Publishing
Georgeson J, Payler J & Campbell Barr VJG 2013 'The importance of international perspecitves' in Georgeson J; Payler J International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care Berkshire Open University Press 3-8
Campbell Barr VJG, Leeson C & Ho D 2013 'The quest for quality early childhood education and care: leadership in a changing political context in England and Hong Kong' in Georgeson J; Payler J International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care Open University Press 103-113
Campbell Barr VJG 2010 'The research, policy and practice triangle in early childhood education and care' in Parker-Rees R; Leeson C Early Childhood Studies: An Introduction to the Study of Children's Worlds and Children's Lives (Third Edition) Exeter Learning Matters 163-178
Internet Publications
Campbell Barr VJG & Georgeson J 2017 'Comparative Research on the Attitudinal Competence for Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe' , DOI PEARL
Reports
Georgeson J, Campbell-Barr V, Mathers S, Boag-Munroe G, Parker-Rees R & Caruso F 2014 TWO-YEAR-OLDS in England: an exploratory study. TWO-YEAR-OLDS in England: an exploratory study Tactyc Author Site
Campbell-Barr V 2010 Providing a context for looking at quality and value in early years education. Office for National Statistics Newport Office for National Statistics
Campbell Barr VJG & Garnham A 2010 What Parents Want - parents and childcare: a literature review. What Parents Want - parents and childcare: a literature review Equality and Human Rights Commission Manchester Equality and Human Rights Commission
Riccio JA, Bewley H, Campbell-Barr V, Dorsett R, Hamilton G, Hoggart L, Marsh A, Miller C, Ray K & Vegeris S 2008 Implementation and second-year impacts for lone parents in the UK Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) demonstration. Department of Work and Pensions DWP
Ray K, Hudson M, Campbell-Barr V & Shutes I 2008 Public Officials and Community Involvement in Local Services. York Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Campbell-Barr V, Hoggart L, Soberman P & Andrei L 2007 Camden: Parental Demand for Childcare. Policy Studies Institute
Dorsett R, Campbell-Barr V, Hamilton G, Hoggart L, Marsh A, Miller C, Phillips J, Ray K, Riccio J & Rich S 2007 Implementation and first year impacts of the UK Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) demonstration. DWP Research Report 412
Vegeris S & Campbell-Barr V 2007 Supporting an interenerational centre in London: Scoping the evidence. London Development Agency London London Development Agency
Ray K, Vegeris S, Brooks S, Campbell-Barr V, Hoggart L, Mackinnon K & Shutes I 2007 The lone parents pilots: A qualitative evaluation of quarterly work focussed interviews (12+), work search premium and in work credit. DWP Reseasrch Report No 423