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Dr Lucy Rodriguez-Leon

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Professional biography

Lucy is a Lecturer in Early Childhood a The Open University. Her career began in early childhood practice where she worked with young children and parents in a range of pre-school settings and children’s centres. She has also facilitated  Early Years professional development programs and has previously taught on an Early Years Initial Teacher Training program.

Lucy has a specialist interest in early childhood literacy and the ways in which young children use written text prior to formal education. She is an active member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association where she co-convenes the ‘Literacy in Early Education’ Special Interest Group.


Research interests

Lucy’s doctoral research used ethnographic methods and video data to explore 3-4-year-old’s experiences of literacy in their play and everyday lives. Drawing on cultural historical theories, the conceptual framework developed in the study offers a new lens to view children’s early encounters with written text, foregrounding children’s agency and promoting broader understandings of literacy. Additionally, her research critically reviewed adult – child shared book reading, exploring how different social contexts influence children’s participation and interpretation of the narrative.

Teaching interests

Lucy’s teaching interests span many aspects of early childhood education and care. She is currently a module team member on E109, ‘Perspectives on Young Children's Lives and Learning’. She previously worked on the production of E229, ‘Listening to Young Children Living and Learning: Critical Reflections’ and is currently working on a new module, E305.


Surfacing complexity in shared book reading: the role of affordance, repetition and modal appropriation in children’s participation (2021-03)
Rodriguez-Leon, Lucy and Payler, Jane
Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 28, Article 100496

Supporting the teaching of early reading: An evaluation of the TESSA: Teaching Early Reading with African Storybook Badged Online Course (BOC) (2020-04)
Stutchbury, Kris; Chamberlain, Liz and Rodriguez-Leon, Lucy
The Open University, Milton Keynes.