Eleonora joined The Open University as a Lecturer in Early Childhood in the School of Early Childhood, Education, Youth and Sport in September 2019. Previously she was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, leading the Master's programme in Early Years. Before entering Higher Education Eleonora had worked in the early years sector for 19 years as an early years practitioner, early years teacher, Local Authority advisor and children centre teacher in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Leicestershire. Eleonora completed her Master's Degree in Early Years, Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education and her Early Years Professional Status (now Early Years Teacher Status) at The University of Northampton and she is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Currently, Eleonora is a research degree student working towards her PhD.
Eleonora's main reserach interest is focused on early childhood pedagogy, mixed-age pedagogical practice in particular, which she is investigating for her doctoral study. She is conducting a Q-methodological study that examines the feature of mixed-age practice in Hungarian kindergartens.
Most recent national and international research projects she has been involved in include:
Eleonora has 10 years experience of teaching and assessment in Higher Education on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and she has a keen interest in work-based learning. When designing module materials, she draws on her prior practice experiences as well as her theoretical understanding of child development and early childhood curricula to bring learning to life for students. She is particularly interested in topics relating to:
She is co-chair on module E229 'Listening to Young Children's Living and learning: Critical Reflections'.
In Oct 2017, Eleonora was invited by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia to study one of the most reputed pedagogical approaches in early education: the Reggio Emilia approach. Observations, reflections and professional dialogues with ‘pedagogistas' developed a more in-depth understanding of a participatory, rights-based approach to engaging with young children in their early learning and the affordances of a creative curriculum, which has influenced the module materials she has written.
Eleonora has close links with Abai Kazakh National Pedagogical University through an academic mobility professional development programme.She has worked closely with fellow academics, doctoral and Master’s level students to help develop their research literacy and skills of writing for publication.
Eleonora also engages with the school of early childhood at Debrecen University in Hungary through collaborative scholarly activities, research projects which produce publications both in English and Hungarian.