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Fufy Demissie

Dr Fufy Demissie BA Hons, PGCE, MEd, EdD

Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education


Fufy teaches on the BA Early Years and Primary course as well as the Masters in Education programme. She also coordinates the early years provision in the Primary and Early Years programme.

  • About

    Fufy has worked in Sheffield Hallam since 2000. She was course leader until 2010 on the full time and part-time early years QTS courses and the MA in Education (Part-time).
    She has been involved in two projects. In 2004, she worked on a TDA project to enhance the quality of early years mentoring in schools. In 2009, she led a cross-area CETL project on using a community of enquiry methodology to enhance student engagement. As a result, Fufy set up an elective module entitled 'Philosophy for Young Children' on the BA Primary and Early Years courses.  The P4C approach is now an integral part of the BA undergraduate course in Teacher Education.
    In June 2012, she co-organised a conference on 'P4C in the curriculum' that was attended by school children, school teachers, trainers and Sheffield Hallam students. In July 2018 Fufy co-organised and presented the key note speech for a conference entitled ‘Inspiring P4C practice in the classroom’.  
    Fufy’s research interests are professional learning, enquiry-based pedagogies and student learning.  She is currently involved in an Erasmus project on Global citizenship and Mathematics education based on the Philosophy for children (P4C) pedagogy.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Pedagogy, early years, research, reflective practice

  • Teaching

    Department of Teacher Education

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    MA Education Full time/Part time

    Specific modules Fufy teaches on are Child Development, Early Years Pedagogy, Philosophy for Children, Educational Enquiry, and learning across the curriculum.

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    DEMISSIE, Fufy, BURNETT, C, HAYNES, M, SHARPE, S (2010). 'Now I feel like I am at University: using a philosophy for children (P4C) approach to promote engagement and academic literacy amongst undergraduate students. CPLA (Centre for promoting learning autonomy), Sheffield Hallam University, case studies, Volume 1.

  • Other activities


    Membership of professional bodies - Society for higher education research (SRHE), Society for the advancement of philosophy and reflection in education (SAPERE)

    SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophy and Reflection in Education) registered LEVEL 1 trainer

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Helen Sheehan; Karen Barr

    Lisa Kerr

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