Laura Jennings-Tallant


Laura Jennings-Tallant


Personal statement

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

Her PhD was a Bakhtinian analysis of young children's humour in a nursery setting.

Previously, she 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, she 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.

In 2009 she 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 she lead the EYPS Undergraduate Entry Pathway, working as part of a consortium and in collaboration with Norwich City College.

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.

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

  • External examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University

Teaching specialisms

  • Constructions of childhood
  • Dialogic research methodologies
  • Historical perspectives on early childhood
  • Young children's humour
  • Mikhail Bakhtin's carnivalesque
  • Dialogic pedagogy.

Research and academic outputs

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Embracing the carnivalesque: young children's humour as performance and communication

Tallant, L (2017) 'Embracing the carnivalesque: young children's humour as performance and communication.' Knowledge Cultures, 5 (3). pp. 70-83. ISSN 2327-5731

Framing young children’s humour and practitioner responses to it using a Bakhtinian carnivalesque lens

Tallant, L (2015) 'Framing young children’s humour and practitioner responses to it using a Bakhtinian carnivalesque lens.' International Journal of Early Childhood, 47 (2). pp. 251-266. ISSN 1878-4658

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