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Alyson Lewis

Personal statement

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.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) Swansea Institute of Higher Education
  • MSc Econ Swansea University
  • PHD Cardiff University.

Professional qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Forest School Leadership.

Professional memberships

  • BERA - British Educational Research Association.

External examiners

  • 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
  • Inclusion.

Research and academic outputs

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