Childhood and Society SIG Current Research Projects

How do we tell the story of early years? The shortest survey you’ll ever complete.

We’re researching the best way to communicate the importance of early years education to the rest of society. We need to know more about the best way to get the word out that early years education really does matter!  So what do you think the message should be? You’re about to complete the shortest survey … Continue reading How do we tell the story of early years? The shortest survey you’ll ever complete.

Playful Triangulation

Dr Jacqueline Harding has been working with Fisher Price to explore the benefits of play for children and adult carers. Bio-behavioural synchrony is key to the wellbeing of parents/carers and young children. In simple terms, it’s achieved through being in positive close proximity and maintaining eye to eye contact – that way they share neurobiological … Continue reading Playful Triangulation

Social Leadership in Early Years

Social Leadership in Early Years (SLEY) is a research project jointly led by Dr Mona Sakr at Middlesex University and June O’Sullivan MBE, CEO of the London Early Years Foundation. We are working together with international partners to explore: the nature of social leadership in early years practice: what it looks and feels like the impact … Continue reading Social Leadership in Early Years

Theory and Practice of Child-Initiated Pedagogies

Led by Dr Leena Robertson This international project examines the current early childhood education policies and pedagogical practices in four different countries, Finland, Estonia, England and the United States and constructs a theoretical framework of Democratically Appropriate Practices (DeAP) for child-initiated practices. In spite of differences in history, culture and economic situation in each country, … Continue reading Theory and Practice of Child-Initiated Pedagogies

Anxiety in Children

DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF A PROFESSIONAL ONLINE TRAINING COURSE TO SUPPORT TEACHERS IN IDENTIFYING AND RESPONDING TO ANXIETY IN CHILDREN Principal investigator: Rebecca Lerman Anxiety disorders are one of the most common disorders in childhood and are associated with significant distress and impairment. Research conducted in the United Kingdom has shown that teachers report difficulty identifying … Continue reading Anxiety in Children