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Ester Ehiyazaryan White

Dr Ester Ehiyazaryan-White PhD, BA

Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies


I completed my Doctoral thesis focusing on creativity and the use of interactive media in educational contexts. This led me to roles as an educational researcher focusing on the student experience as well as working as a consultant for education charities, focused on school based and curriculum research.

  • About

     In my role as a researcher for education charities I completed projects which resulted in publishable teaching resources for schools as well as conducting evaluative research for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.                                                                  

    I was later employed as an educational researcher with the Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Sheffield Hallam University. Within this role I completed a range of projects focusing on students' experiences of learner autonomy in Higher Education as well as pathways to enhancing learner employability.

    Between 2009 and 2014 I worked as a lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies, at University Centre Doncaster and as an associate lecturer at the Open University. In my role as lecturer, I maintained my research profile by conducting action research on the use of e-portfolios and completing a funded Teaching Fellowship with the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education - this work focused on developing open education and open educational resources to support learning and teaching research methods in education.

    I started working at Sheffield Hallam University in my current role as Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies in 2014. Since joining the university my research interests have focused on children learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) as well as digital literacies in the early years.

    Senior Lecturer

    Teaching Interests

    Children learning English as an Additional Language, digital literacies in childhood and early childhood

  • Teaching

    Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

    Social Sciences and Arts

    Childhood Studies

    The Story of Childhood and Adolescence

    Child and Adolescent Development

    Researching Childhood

    Research Project

    Evidence and Evaluation (MA)

  • Research

    Between 2016-2018 I was part of the evaluation team for Integrating English: Training mainstream teachers in improving their language pedagogy, through “LILAC” and ongoing support. Funded by Enfield Council.

    I am part of a working group exploring Teachers' beliefs and perceptions of the use of digital literacies in children aged 0-8 years in England. This project is part of a larger European research network COST action study (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) exploring digital literacies in the early years.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Daniels, K., Burnett, C., Bower, K., Escott, H., Ehiyazaryan-White, E., Hatton, A., & Monkhouse, J. (2019). Early years teachers and digital literacies: Navigatinga kaleidoscope of discourses. Education and Information Technologies, 25 (4), 2415-2426.

  • Other activities

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance

    Member of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC)

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