Jo is a lecturer in Early Childhood who joined the Open University in September 2019. Before this, Jo was a primary school teacher for many years before entering Higher Education in 2009. Initially she taught on Initial Teacher Education programmes at the University of Cumbria before joining the Early Childhood Studies team at Canterbury Christ Church in September 2014. Jo has taught on a variety of modules and have a particular interest in supporting students in developing early research skills. Her PhD focused on appropriate pedagogies with young children and how practitioner gender may impact on these. Currently, Jo is working collaboratively on a piece of research which focuses on babies’ and toddlers’ opportunities to engage with the outdoor environment and nature.
The key strand in my work is appropriate pedagogies for the very youngest children in the education system (0-5) including issues around gender.
I am currently co-chairing E110 (Young children's play and creativity) and working on the production of E232 (Childhood).
Co- investigator: ‘A life ‘in and with nature?’ An exploration of outdoor provision in baby rooms’. Froebel Trust Research Grant (March (2019) – March (2021).