Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion
Social Sciences and Arts
I am currently undertaking an MA in Play and Playwork. A main area of interest is the exploration of theoretical perspectives on play and playwork and their practical application to current playwork practice.
I am interested in developing creative and experiential approaches to delivering presentations and workshops at conferences to engage and stimulate the audience. An additional dimension to this has been recently developed through the participation of students from BA (Honours) Children and Playwork in the design and delivery of workshops, enabling the students’ perspectives to be shared.
A selection of recent papers include:
September 2012 - Beauty of Play: The mystery of the missing essence of play (with Sheffield Hallam University students)
September 2011 - Beauty of Play: Dastardly deeds done in Dead Dog Wood: an exploration of dark play
July 2011 - Creativity and the links to the play of adults (with Perry Else), IPA Conference
March 2011 - Flying the flag for play and ways to do it and Intervention: Practice versus theory: Playwork students speak out (with Sheffield Hallam University students), National Playwork Conference
I teach within the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities). I currently teach on modules that explore children’s stories, students’ personal stories of belonging, being and becoming, spaces for children and spaces of children, the value of play and therapeutic approaches with children and young people as well as being an academic adviser and admissions tutor.
Recently, my interest in children's spatial experiences in primary school has led to a co-authored article (with Dr Anne Kellock) entitled 'Whose space is it anyway? Learning about space to make space to learn' which is used as a set text on various undergraduate courses.