Dr Christina Tatham

School of Education

Programme Director of the MA in Early Childhood Education

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Dr Christina Tatham
School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
S10 2GW
Research interests

My research is focused on young children’s experiences of, and access to, education in linguistically and culturally diverse settings. I gained my Master’s in Teaching at Griffith University in Australia before returning to Sheffield to work as a primary school teacher in a diverse, inner-city school. My PhD research at the University of Sheffield explored the multimodal communicative practices of young children in a super-diverse, early years educational setting. I am particularly interested in how children create a third space between different discourses they are exposed to.

More recently, I undertook a yearlong project to understand the barriers refugee and asylum-seeking families with young children experienced in accessing education throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The project explored how schools and community organisations helped families to overcome the challenges they faced.


Journal articles

Teaching activities

I am Programme Director for the MA in Early Childhood Education and I also teach on the MA in Education, the BA Education, Culture and Childhood and the EdD programmes. Before joining the University of Sheffield in 2022, I was a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University for four years and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Sheffield prior to that.

Professional activities and memberships

Reviewer for:

  • Journal of Early Childhood Research
  • International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
  • Literacy
  • Language and Education