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Dr

Alyson Lewis

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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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An introduction to the foundation phase: early years curriculum in Wales
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Thomas, A and Lewis, A (2016) An introduction to the foundation phase: early years curriculum in Wales. Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN 9781474264280


Into the great outdoors: opportunities and experiences
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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


Understanding well-being in the Early Years
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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


Exploring the extent of enactment of young children's rights in the education system in Wales
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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


International perspectives on play
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Lewis, A (2012) 'International perspectives on play.' Playwords, 44. pp. 15-18. ISSN 2049-3622


Making sense of Swedish practice: is it that different from practice in Wales?
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Lewis, A (2010) Making sense of Swedish practice: is it that different from practice in Wales? TACTYC Reflections.


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