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Laura Jennings-Tallant

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer and researcher in Early Childhood Studies, co-leader of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (REaCh) and the Institute for Education's Erasmus and Study Abroad Coordinator at Bath Spa University.

My PhD was a Bakhtinian analysis of young children's humour in a nursery setting. The project also explored practitioner perceptions and understandings of young children's humour, and investigated the significance of these for early childhood pedagogy and practice. Her doctorate employed a dialogical methodology which placed a Bakhtinian notion of voice and dialogue at the centre of the research process.

Previously, I worked as an early childhood practitioner in a number of wide-ranging early years settings. After working as a full-time nanny and setting up and leading an early years drama and imaginative play initiative in Winchester, I moved to London and completed a BA in Early Childhood, followed by an MA in Early Childhood, whilst also working as a visiting lecturer at Roehampton University and nannying.

In 2009 I began working as a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of East Anglia, teaching on the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), BA Education Studies, FdA Social Pedagogy and MA Early Childhood Studies programmes.

In 2012/13 I lead the EYPS Undergraduate Entry Pathway, working as part of a consortium and in collaboration with Norwich City College, and I began working at Bath Spa University in December 2015.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) - Roehampton University
  • MA - Roehampton University
  • PhD - University of East Anglia

Professional qualifications

  • PG Cert Higher Education Practice (University of East Anglia)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

External examiner positions

  • Chief external examiner for the BA Early Childhood Studies - Manchester Metropolitan University

Teaching specialisms

  • The sociology and anthropology of young children's humour
  • Constructions of childhood
  • Dialogic research methodologies
  • Historical perspectives on early childhood
  • Mikhail Bakhtin's carnivalesque

Research and academic outputs

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