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Ester Ehiyazaryan White

Dr Ester Ehiyazaryan-White PhD, BA

Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies

Summary

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

    Ehiyazaryan-White, E. (2013) ‘The student experience of learning with open educational resources and real world data in studying research methods’, UCD Journal of Research and Scholarship, 3.2. pp. 1-18.

    Sieber, V., Fairweather, I. and Ehiyazaryan, E. (2012) Open Educational Resources for Researcher Development. Higher Education Academy. [Online] Available from: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/oer/oer-phase-3-SCORE. Accessed: 27 June 2014.

    Ehiyazaryan-White, E. (2012) ‘Developing Open Academic Practices in Research Methods Teaching within an HE in FE Context’, Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME), [online], Available from: http://www-jime.open.ac.uk/, Accessed: 04/10/2012.

    Hitchcock, G. & Ehiyazaryan, E. (2012). ‘Building Organisational Capacity and Continuing Personal and Professional Development through a Masters in Education Programme: Some Challenges and Opportunities’, University Centre Doncaster Journal of Research and Scholarship, 3.1. pp. 35-59.

    Ehiyazaryan, E. (2012) ‘The Dialogic Potential of e-Portfolios - Formative Feedback and Communities of Learning within a Personal Learning Environment’, International Journal of ePortfolio, 2(2). [Online] Available from: http://www.theijep.com/current.cfm. Accessed: 04 October 2012.

    Ehiyazaryan, E. (2010) ‘In Situ and in the Curriculum: Towards an Integrative Approach to Work-based Learning Pedagogy’. Issue 4.2, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE), pp. 3-20, [online] Available from: http://resources.glos.ac.uk/tli/lets/journals/lathe/issue4/issue4no2.cfm. Accessed 04 October 2012.

    Ehiyazaryan, E. & Barraclough, N. (2009). ‘Integrating Real World Experience in the Curriculum: Enhancing Learners' Employability’. Education & Training Journal. 51(4). pp. 292-308.

    Ehiyazaryan, E. (2008). ‘Managing Uncertainty and Promoting Ownership over Learning in D&T Students using an Interactive Learning Environment’. Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 13(2).

  • 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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