Dr Emma Pearson

School of Education

Senior Lecturer

Director of Internationalisation

Director MA Early Childhood Education (DL, part-time)

Emma Pearson
emma.pearson@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8145

Full contact details

Dr Emma Pearson
School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
Sheffield
S10 2GW
Research interests

Emma is interested in understanding and highlighting the role of families and communities in support young children’s education and well-being, particularly in ‘marginalised’ and / or ‘low resource’ communities. Her work involves critical examination of ways in which globalised early childhood policy and practice are responsive to the unique lives and realities of families and communities across diverse contexts.

Research activities

PLAN International (Cambodia) Endline / evaluation study of ‘Young Bamboo’ and ‘THRIVE’ integrated ECCD Programmes (Stung Treng and Ratanakiri provinces). Current

The Open University (Turkana College, Kenya and Saide, South Africa) Understanding training needs from the perspective of early childhood practitioners in Kenya and South Africa. Current

The University of Oxford Heritage and enquiry-based learning in urban Primary schools in India. Current

Aga Khan University-iHuman Sheffield Interdisciplinary Working Hub: Initiating early childhood research and development focused on addressing ‘hard-to-reach’ children and families in South Asia (X/159856). 2018

UNICEF (South Asia Regional Office) / ARNEC (Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood) Mapping study of UNICEF's pre-primary initiatives in Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; India; the Maldives Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka. 2017

PLAN International (Cambodia) Baseline Study of ‘Young Bamboo’ and ‘Thrive’ integrated ECCD Programmes (Stung Treng and Ratanakiri provinces). Utilised a combination of quantitative child and caregiver measures (including EAP-ECDS; UNICEF MICS) and qualitative community consultations / interviews. 2016

UK Government Department for International development (DFID) Reaching expert consensus on training different cadres in delivering early childhood development at scale. Online surveys using Delphi methodology - incorporating combination of rating scales and open-ended responses. 2016

PLAN International (Cambodia) Baseline study of integrated ECCD programmes (Siem Reap, Ratanakiri; Tbong Khmum) and design of online Outcomes Monitoring System. 2016

Documenting ‘Noteworthy’ ECCD practices across the Asia Pacific region, co-funded by the Government of Brunei Darussalam Research Council; Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood, UNICEF (Regional Office South Asia) and the Open Society Foundation. Case study methodologies. 2015

Publications

Books

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Pearson EC, Mohamad H & Zainal Z (2018) Cultural and linguistic diversity in early childhood In Cologon K (Ed.), A good start: Inclusion in the early years Melbourne: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pearson EC & James J (2018) Building early childhood education from the ground up: Teacher preparation in Vanuatu In Li M, Fox J & Grieshaber S (Ed.), Contemporary issues and challenges in early childhood education: Experiences from Asia-Pacific Dortrecht: Springer. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pearson EC & Degotardi S (2016) The relationship dynamics of infant play In Ebbeck M & Waniganayake M (Ed.), Children’s play in early childhood education: Facilitating learning in diverse contexts (2nd Ed) Melbourne: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pearson E (2015) Early Education and Care in the World Regions, International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (pp. 739-745). Elsevier RIS download Bibtex download

Reports

  • Pearson EC, Hendry H, Rao N, Aboud F, Horton C, Siraj I, Raikes A & Miyahara J (2018) Reaching expert consensus on training different cadres in delivering early childhood development at scale in low-resource contexts RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

Emma currently teaches in the early childhood education strand of the full-time MA in Education. She directs the Distance Learning, Part-time MA in Early Childhood Education and supervises both EdD and PhD students.

She holds a PGCert in Higher Education Learning and Teaching from Macquarie University in Sydney and, before returning to England in 2015, taught in universities in Australia, Brunei Darussalam and Hong Kong.

Professional activities
  • Consulting Editor for Child Development (regular reviewer for a range of early childhood education and development journals).
  • Member, UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development and Peacebuilding Working group.
  • Regular consultant to international organisations for over 10 years, including for the following recent projects:
  • UNICEF / Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC): Mapping study of UNICEF’s pre-primary initiatives in eight countries across the South Asia region.
  • UNESCO, the Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC); UNICEF, Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire (OMEP): Documentation of Innovative Pedagogical Approaches
  • OMEP: Global consultation with practitioners to develop Play and Resilience facilitation guide