Alyson delivers a range of modules on the Early Childhood pathway of the Education Studies programme. Her role also includes developing and delivering modules to students in China at Hunan University of Humanities, Science and Technology. This is a new and unique partnership between two Universities.
Prior to entering Higher Education (HE) Alyson worked as an Early Years teacher and led two HE programmes in a Further Education College. In 2012, she was awarded a three year PhD studentship from Cardiff University funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Her study explored how well-being was understood and operationalised in the early years curriculum. The studentship also provided Alyson with a one month placement with the Welsh Government.
Alyson currently represents Wales as the researcher for the 'Inclusive Early Childhood Education (IECE) Project 2015-2018 funded by the European Agency. This study examines the inclusive characteristics of various settings.
Alyson has co-authored an important text about the early years curriculum in Wales and published articles in the field of early childhood.
- BA(Hons) Swansea Institute of Higher Education
- MSc Econ Swansea University
- PHD Cardiff University.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Forest School Leadership.
- BERA - British Educational Research Association.
- University of Roehampton (FdA and BA Education and Learning) 2013-2017.
Areas of expertise
- Early Years Pedagogy, Policy and Practice: UK & International
- Outdoor Learning and Play
- Children's Rights
- Children’s well-being
Research and academic outputs
Thomas, A and Lewis, A (2016) An introduction to the foundation phase: early years curriculum in Wales. Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN 9781474264280
Lewis, A and Poole, R (2017) 'Into the great outdoors: opportunities and experiences.' In: Thomas, A and McInnes, K, eds. Teaching early years: theory and practice. Sage, London, pp. 156-177. ISBN 9781473946255
Lewis, A and Rees, L (2017) 'Understanding well-being in the Early Years.' In: Thomas, A and McInnes, K, eds. Teaching early years: theory and practice. Sage, London, pp. 65-85. ISBN 9781473946255
Lewis, A (2019) 'Examining the concept of well-being and early childhood: adopting multi-disciplinary perspectives.' Journal of Early Childhood Research. ISSN 1476-718X
Lewis, A, Sarwar, S, Tyrie, J and Waters, J (2017) 'Exploring the extent of enactment of young children's rights in the education system in Wales.' Cylchgrawn Addysg Cymru / Wales Journal of Education, 19 (2). pp. 27-50. ISSN 2059-3708
Lewis, A (2012) 'International perspectives on play.' Playwords, 44. pp. 15-18. ISSN 2049-3622
Lewis, A (2010) Making sense of Swedish practice: is it that different from practice in Wales? TACTYC Reflections.