Laura Tallant

Laura Tallant


Personal statement

Laura is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and the Institute for Education's Erasmus and Study Abroad Coordinator at Bath Spa University.

She is studying for a PhD at the University of East Anglia, supervised by Professor Victoria Carrington and Professor Nigel Norris.

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. Her doctoral study is a Bakhtinian analysis of the place and nature of young children's humour within a nursery setting.

The project also explores practitioner perceptions and understandings of young children's humour, and investigates the significance of these for early childhood pedagogy and practice. Her doctorate employs a dialogical methodology which places a Bakhtinian notion of voice and dialogue at the centre of the research process.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) - Roehampton University
  • MA - Roehampton University

Professional qualifications

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

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

External examiners

  • External examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University

Other external roles

  • Co-opted Governor at Shepton Mallet Community Infants' School

Teaching specialisms

  • Early childhood studies
  • Young children's humour
  • Mikhail Bakhtin's carnivalesque
  • Academic identity within early childhood studies
  • 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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