I am a lecturer in Early Childhood with a background in primary school teaching.
I am currently undertaking a PhD that explores my particular interest in researching the communicative practices of young children in super-diverse, educational environments.
I trained as a teacher at Griffith University, Australia where I taught in primary schools.
I later returned to England and settled in Sheffield where I continued to teach in primary schools and I found my niche in year 1, teaching children from diverse backgrounds who speak multiple languages.
This experience was the inspiration for my doctoral research and I subsequently began a PhD at Sheffield University exploring the communicative practices of young children in super-diverse, educational environments.
Throughout my thesis journey I began to take on more teaching and supervision at Sheffield University which led to a position as an associate teacher there. In 2018 I joined the early childhood team at Sheffield Hallam University as a lecturer in Early Childhood.
BA Early Childhood Studies, MA Education
An Investigation into the Communicative Practices of Young Children in Super-diverse, Educational Environments' (Funded by the Economic Social Research Council)
2016-2017: Nurturing Slovak Roma Children at Secondary School: A Longitudinal Study (Funded by the Academies and Enterprise Trust)
Fashanu, C., Wood, E., & Payne, M. (2019). Multilingual communication under the radar: how multilingual children challenge the dominant monolingual discourse in a super-diverse, Early Years educational setting in England. English in Education, 54 (1), 93-112. http://doi.org/10.1080/04250494.2019.1688657