BiographyI started out my professional career as a teacher of young children and was fascinated by how the outdoor environment so suited young children's learning needs. My interest and love of this environment has continued and I have written extensively about it. This interest has captured me such that I am interested in the outdoor space for all phases of education.
I teach across all education programmes at the University and supervise a number of doctoral students on a range of topics.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Early Years Education: 3,4,5 year olds.
Outdoor play and provision for the Early Years and Primary.
The environment for learning and teaching.
Playtime, break-time, recess: making it more successful for children, staff, teaching and learning.
Support staff (nursery, primary and secondary): roles and responsibilities in the class and at break times.
Oral Language development in the outdoor environment.
Children interacting with staff outside.
Gender: boys and girls in class and outside, interests and control of the environment.
Behaviour Management: individual class management and whole school approach.