Dr Emma Pearson
School of Education
Director of Internationalisation
Director MA Early Childhood Education (DL, part-time)
+44 114 222 8145
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School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
- 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.
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
- The Relationship Worlds of Infants and Toddlers: Multiple Perspectives from Early Years Theory and Practice. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).
- Teaching in Primary Schools in China and India. Routledge.
- A Model of Transformational Learning for Early Childhood Community-based Workers: Sajag Training for Responsive Caregiving. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
- Moving forward with early childhood care and education (ECCE) post-2015 in the Asia Pacific Region: an analysis of global and national policy goals. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 9(13).
- Achieving Inclusion by Targeting Children and Families in Hard to Reach Communities: Innovations From Cambodia and the Philippines. Childhood Education, 91(6), 411-419.
- Should inclusive education be made compulsory in schools?: A study of self-efficacy and attitudes regarding inclusive education among a diverse group of SENA (special needs assistance) teachers. International Journal of Special Education, 30(1), 111-119.
- Why relationships matter: parent and early childhood teacher perspectives about the provisions afforded by young children's relationships. International Journal of Early Years Education, 21(1), 4-21.
- Is Something Better Than Nothing? An Evaluation of Early Childhood Programs in Cambodia. Child Development, 83(3), 864-876.
- Avoiding Recolonisation in Early Childhood: Promoting Local Values as Mediators in the Spread of Globalisation. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 12(3), 212-223.
- Relationship Theory in the Nursery: Attachment and beyond. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 10(2), 144-155.
- Education for sustainable development in early childhood education: A global solution to local concerns?. International Journal of Early Childhood, 41(2), 97-111.
- Policy change in early childhood in the Asia Pacific region. International Journal of Early Childhood, 40(2), 7-16.
- Early Childhood Education Policy Reform in Hong Kong: Challenges in Effecting Change in Practices. Childhood Education, 82(6), 363-368.
- Links between socialization goals and child-rearing practices in Chinese and Indian mothers. Infant and Child Development, 12(5), 475-492.
- Socialization Goals, Parenting Practices, and Peer Competence in Chinese and English Preschoolers. Early Child Development and Care, 173(1), 131-146.
- Cultural and linguistic diversity in early childhood In Cologon K (Ed.), A good start: Inclusion in the early years Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
- 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.
- 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.
- Early Education and Care in the World Regions, International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (pp. 739-745). Elsevier
- 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