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Caron Carter

Dr Caron Carter BEd(Hons), NPQH, MA, Phd

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education


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.

  • About

    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

    Teaching interests

    Children’s Friendships

    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

  • Teaching

    Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    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.

  • Publications

    Carter, C. (Eds.). (2018). Successful Dissertations: The Complete Guide for Education, Childhood and Early Childhood Studies Students (2nd ed.). London: Bloomsbury.

    Carter, C. and Bath, C. (2016). 'The Pirate in the Pump: Children's Views of Objects as Imaginary Friends at the Start of School', Education 3-13. Published online: 07 Dec 2016.

    Carter, C. and Nutbrown, C. (2016). ‘A Pedagogy of Friendship: Young Children’s Friendships and how Schools can Support them’, The International Journal of Early Years Education. Published online: 07 Jun 2016.

    Carter, C. and Nutbrown, C. (2013). The Tools of Assessment: Watching and Learning, In Pugh, G. And Duffy, B. (2010) Contemporary Issues in the Early Years (5th Edition) London: Sage.

    O'Hara, M., Carter, C., Dewis, P., Kay, J. and Wainwright, J. (2011). Successful Dissertations: The complete guide for education, childhood and early childhood studies students. London, Continuum.

    Nutbrown C, and Carter, C. (2010) The Tools of Assessment: Watching and Learning, In Pugh, G. And Duffy, B. (2010). Contemporary Issues in the Early Years (5th Edition) London: Sage.

    Conference presentations include:

    BERA Leeds Conference 13/9/16-15/9/16 Children’s Views of Objects as Imaginary Friends at the Start of Formal Schooling (completed article)

    Canterbury Christ Church University Kent: OMEP Conference 5/5/16-7.5.16 Children’s Views of Objects as Imaginary Friends at the Start of Formal Schooling (developing ideas)

    University Campus Suffolk Children and Childhood Conference 14/07/15 & 15/07/15 A Pedagogy of Friendship: Young children’s friendships

    The University of Sheffield Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth Conference 02/07/14 & 03/07/14 Children’s Friendships and Peer Culture

    CARTER, Caron and BATH, Caroline (2018). 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.

    CARTER, Caron and NUTBROWN, Cathy (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.

  • Other activities

    Member of the editorial board for the Journal of Early Childhood Research

    Regular reviewer for journals including the Journal of Early Childhood Research

    Convener of the special interest group ‘Research in Childhood and the Early Years’

    I have been a governor at an infant school and a junior school in Sheffield for several years

  • Post graduate supervision

    Margaret Donoghue: The Implementation of Aistear (Early Childhood Curriculum Framework) in Ireland (EdD Co-supervised with Dr Mike Coldwell)

    Sally Pearse: Young Children’s Emotional Development – Thrive (EdD Co-supervised with Dr Mark Boylan)

    Aimee Quickfall: Mothers Returning to Teaching after Maternity Leave (EdD Co-supervised with Dr Ning Tang)

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