Nicole Jamison

Personal statement

I joined the Early Childhood Studies team as a Lecturer in January 2020 and I am currently serving as the Award Leader for Early Childhood Studies. Prior to starting at Bath Spa University, I taught as a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta, Canada in a range of early childhood modules focused on literacy, play and mathematics. I also worked as an early childhood educator in Alberta, Canada for 10 years, served as a mentor teacher for primary teacher trainees in placement, interned with the Ministry of Education with the Government of Alberta and was a pedagogical partner supporting early learning and childcare centres with the Alberta curriculum framework implementation.

I am currently undertaking my PhD which draws on a range of creative methodologies to examine how young newcomer children in Canada participate in and make sense of their everyday lives and share their perspectives and understandings through play and personal art-making and explorations. This research is funded by various bodies including Canada’s Killam Trusts, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and a doctoral fellowship from the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

My additional research experiences in early childhood includes funded projects focused on: a) early childhood multiliteracy practices and the role of scaffolding; b) teacher noticing, collaborative professional development, and scaffolding strategies in game play to support logical reasoning in mathematics; c) arts- and play-based methodologies to investigate children’s experiences in care and; d) exploring full day kindergarten and half-day pre-kindergarten programming options in Alberta, Canada.

Academic qualifications

  • MEd, Early Childhood Education - University of Alberta
  • MA, Education and International Development - UCL Institute of Education
  • BEd, Elementary After Degree (Distinction) - University of Alberta
  • BSc, Medical Laboratory Science - University of Alberta

Professional memberships

  • Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN)
  • European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA)
  • Canadian Association for Research in Early Childhood (CAREC)
  • Canadian Society for the Studies in Education (CSSE)

Teaching specialism

The Holistic Child; Issues in Early Childhood; Care, Development and Learning; Early Childhood Studies Dissertation.

Research supervision

I am interested in supervising students in arts-informed and play-based qualitative research methodologies and classroom pedagogies, reconceptualist and intercultural practices in early childhood, and children's participation and voice

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Opportunities for mathematical interaction through preschool routines
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McGarvey, L.M and Jamison, N.M (2016) 'Opportunities for mathematical interaction through preschool routines.' In: Wood, M.B, Turner, E.E, Civil, M and Eli, J.A, eds. Proceedings of the 38th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, pp. 1353-1356. ISBN 9780692628768


Bridging home and (pre)school multiliteracy practices through the use of iPads
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Jamison, N.M and Kirova, A (2015) 'Bridging home and (pre)school multiliteracy practices through the use of iPads.' In: Gómez Chova, L, López Martínez, A and Candel Torres, I, eds. EDULEARN15 Proceedings: 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies. IATED Academy, Barcelona, Spain, pp. 3600-3609. ISBN 9788460682431


Peer scaffolding techniques and approaches in preschool children’s multiliteracy practices with iPads
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Kirova, A and Jamison, N.M (2018) 'Peer scaffolding techniques and approaches in preschool children’s multiliteracy practices with iPads.' Journal of Early Childhood Research, 16 (3). pp. 245-257. ISSN 1476-718X


Role of peer scaffolding in developing preschool children’s multiliteracy practices through the use of iPads
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Jamison, N.M and Kirova, A (2016) 'Role of peer scaffolding in developing preschool children’s multiliteracy practices through the use of iPads.' Proceedings of the 14th annual Hawaii International Conference on Education. pp. 1519-1539. ISSN 1541-5880


Scaffolding preschool children’s multiliteracies through the use of iPads: bridging home and (pre)school practices
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Kirova, A and Jamison, N.M (2016) 'Scaffolding preschool children’s multiliteracies through the use of iPads: bridging home and (pre)school practices.' International Association of Laboratory Schools Journal, 6 (1). pp. 1-10.


Arts-based research with children
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Jamison, N.M (2015) 'Arts-based research with children.' Early Childhood Education, 43 (1). pp. 3-7.


Reconceptualizing early mathematics learning, advances in mathematics education [book review]
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McGarvey, L.M and Jamison, N.M (2015) Reconceptualizing early mathematics learning, advances in mathematics education [book review]. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 17 (1). pp. 91-97. ISSN 1098-6065


Commissioned reports:

Power, S., Swinkels, A., McGarvey, L., Jamison, N. and O’Connor, B. (2019) Early learning numeracy: Investigating early learning educators’ shifts regarding young children’s mathematics learning. Edmonton, AB: Research Partnerships Program, Alberta Education.

Jamison, N. (2018) Literature review and environmental scan of early childhood education (full day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten): International, Canadian, and Albertan contexts. Edmonton, AB: Alberta Education.

Jamison, N. (2016) Pearson Canada K-3 Mathematics Learning Progressions: A meta interpretation and systematic review of recent literature. Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada.

Conference presentations and invited talks:

Jamison, N.M. (2019) ‘Understanding young newcomer children’s perspectives through arts-informed approaches’, 29th European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) conference. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 20-23 August.  

Jamison, N.M. (2019) ‘RAISED between cultures: A model for intercultural practice in the early years’, Caring that Counts Day Home Educator conference. Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement, Edmonton, AB, 4 May.

Jamison, N.M. and McFeetors, J. (2019) ‘Parents’ use of scaffolding strategies to support young children’s mathematical reasoning in game play’, ENGAGE 2019: A Celebration of Research & Teaching Excellence Showcase. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, 29 March.

Jamison, N.M. (2019) ‘RAISED between cultures: A model for intercultural practice in the early years’, Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement (ARCQE) Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) learning showcase. Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement, Calgary, AB, 27 February.

Jamison, N.M. (2019) ‘Artistic representations of young newcomer children: Exploring the personally significant’, 8th International Art in Early Childhood conference. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 24-27 January.

Jamison, N.M. (2018) ‘Evolving image of the child between home and school for refugee children and families’, 9th Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement (ARCQE) conference. Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement, Edmonton, AB, 17 November.

Jamison, N.M., Wong, S. and Kirova, A. (2018) ‘“Is that an education app or just a game app?”: Parents’ and teachers’ perspectives of young children's digital literacy practices’, 28th European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) conference. Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary, 28-31 August.

McGarvey, L.M., Jamison, N.M., Holm, J., Swinkels, A. and Power, S. (2017) ‘Edmonton Catholic Schools and University of Alberta early numeracy professional development research project’, Partner Research in Schools conference. Calgary Regional Consortium, Calgary, AB, 24-25 August.

Jamison, N.M. and McGarvey, L.M. (2017) ‘Video as a professional development tool: Preschool teachers’ noticing of mathematical interactions’, 45th Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) conference. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, 27-31 May.

Jamison, N.M. (2017) ‘Why engage in arts-based research with children?’, 7th International Art in Early Childhood conference. Paro College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan, Paro, Bhutan, 15-18 April.

Jamison, N.M. (2017) ‘Artful approaches to early childhood literacy’, 7th International Art in Early Childhood conference. Paro College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan, Paro, Bhutan, 15-18 April.

Swinkels, A., Power, S., McGarvey, L.M., Jamison, N.M. and Holm, J. (2017) ‘Early numeracy professional development research: A partnership between Edmonton Catholic Schools and University of Alberta’, ENGAGE 2017: A Celebration of Research & Teaching Excellence showcase. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, 24 March.

McGarvey, L.M. and Jamison, N.M. (2016) ‘Opportunities for mathematical interaction through preschool routines’, 38th North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA) conference. The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 3-6 November.

McGarvey, L.M. and Jamison, N.M. (2016) ‘Opportunities for mathematical interaction through preschool routines: Initial findings’, Department of Elementary Education Research Expo. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, 18 March.

Jamison, N.M. (2016) ‘Creating more inclusive early learning classrooms for immigrant and refugee children's, 8th Annual University of Alberta Elementary and Secondary Graduate Student Research Showcase. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, 12 March.

Jamison, N.M. and Kirova, A. (2016) ‘Role of peer scaffolding in developing preschool children’s multiliteracy practices through the use of iPads’, 14th Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICE). Honolulu, HI, 3-6 January.

Jamison, N.M. and Kirova, A. (2015) ‘Bridging home and (pre)school multiliteracy practices through the use of iPads’, 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies. Barcelona, Spain, 6-8 July.

Kirova, A. and Jamison, N.M. (2015) ‘Preschool children’s multiliteracy practices at home and school: Children’s, parents’ and teacher’s perspectives’, International Association of Laboratory Schools conference. Chicago, IL, 22-24 April.

Jamison, N.M. (2015) ‘The role of process drama to support play-based learning in the early years classrooms’, 8th Annual University of Alberta Elementary and Secondary Graduate Student Research Showcase. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, 14 March.

Jamison, N.M., May, R. and Fraser, A. (2014) ‘Following your children down the project path: Using art and technology to support learning’, Early Childhood Education Council conference. Edmonton, AB, 6-8 November.

Macy, L. and Jamison, N.M. (2014) ‘A stranger at the door: Drama to support literacy and socio-dramatic play’, Early Childhood Education Council conference. Edmonton, AB, 6-8 November.

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