I am a researcher and teacher in the field of Early Childhood Research, focusing on children’s friendships. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students within the Sheffield Institute of Education in the department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion.
I came to teach at Sheffield Hallam University having been a teacher in Primary and Nursery Infant Schools since 1996. During this time, I had leadership area responsibilities including English, Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and IT.
For two years I was an Assistant Headteacher in a Primary School, five years as a Deputy Headteacher in two Nursery Infant Schools and a year as Acting Headteacher. These experiences together with post-graduate study for the National Professional Qualification for Headship and an MA in Early Childhood Education from Sheffield University inspired me to apply to Sheffield Hallam University for a lectureship in 2007. I teach Early Education, Leadership and English modules on the undergraduate Early Childhood Studies Honours Degree. I also teach in postgraduate education courses. My University of Sheffield PhD research funded by Sheffield Hallam University investigated children's friendships.
Previous roles include:
Acting Headteacher in a Sheffield Infant School
Deputy Headteacher in two Sheffield Nursery Infant Schools
Assistant Headteacher in a Sheffield Primary School
Class teacher in a Sheffield Primary School
Quality and Effectiveness in Early Childhood Education
Literacy, including Digital Literacy
Leadership and Management in the Early Years Contexts
International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education
Social Sciences and Arts
I completed my doctoral research into children's friendships. I collected my data with children aged five to seven years. This is a research interest area that I have continued to pursue.
Carter, C., & Bath, C. (2016). The pirate in the pump: children's views of objects as imaginary friends at the start of school. Education 3-13, 46 (3), 335-344. http://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2016.1262887
Carter, C., & Nutbrown, C. (2016). A pedagogy of friendship: young children's friendships and how schools can support them? The Journal of Early Years Education, 24 (4), 395-413. http://doi.org/10.1080/09669760.2016.1189813
CARTER, C.A.R.O.N. (2019). Children's friendships. In FITZGERALD, D., & MACONOCHIE, H. (Eds.) Early Childhood Studies: A Student's Guide. (pp. 95-112). London: Sage Publishing
Carter, C. (2018). Successful Dissertations The Complete Guide for Education, Childhood and Early Childhood Studies Students. Bloomsbury Publishing.
Batty, E., Harris, C., Leather, D., Pearson, S., Wilson, I., Carter, C., ... Willis, B. (2020). Children’s Communities final evaluation report. Save the Children, UK. http://www.childrenscommunitynetwork.org.uk/sites/default/files/Childrens%20Communities%20final%20evaluation%20report.pdf
Batty, E., Harris, C., Leather, D., Pearson, S., Wilson, I., Coldwell, M., ... Willis, B. (2018). Children's Communities programme evaluation 2018 report. Save the Children UK. https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/content/dam/gb/reports/education/children%27s_communities_y2_report_final.pdf
- Recently a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Early Childhood Research.
- Regular reviewer for journals including the Journal of Early Childhood Research and Education 3-13.
- I am a School Governor (Vice Chair) at a Junior School in Sheffield.
Aimee Quickfall: Mothers Returning to Teaching after Maternity Leave (EdD Co-supervised with Dr Ning Tang).
Arwa Omar: The Overlapping Relationship between Theory of Mind, Executive Functions and Mathematics Achievement (PhD Co-supervised with Professor Tim Jay).
Hatti Sambrooks: Exploring the Function of Classroom Wall Displays (PhD Co-Supervised with Dr Rebecca Mallet).
Margaret Donoghue: The Implementation of Aistear (Early Childhood Curriculum Framework) in Ireland (EdD Co-supervised with Professor Mike Coldwell).
Ruby Brooks: Gendered Childcare: The Female Domination of the Early Years Workforce. (Phd Co-supervised with Dr El Formy and Dr Lynne Truelove).
Sally Pearse: Young Children’s Emotional Development – Thrive (EdD Co-supervised with Professor Mark Boylan).