Dr Emma Pearson

School of Education

Senior Lecturer

Director of Internationalisation

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

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

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

Informed by several key consultancies with international development partners, Emma’s research is oriented towards understanding the nature of and complexities associated with globalisation of early childhood policy and practice. This research is underpinned by a commitment to promoting the importance of ‘local’ values, beliefs and customs in supporting young children’s education and well-being.

Recent funded research projects

  • Reaching expert consensus on training different cadres in delivering early childhood development at scale: A Delphi study. Department for International Development (DFID) (PDF, 1.75MB).
    • Co-investigators: Frances Aboud (McGill University); Nirmala Rao (The University of Hong Kong); Helen Hendry & Caroline Horton (Bishop Grosseteste University); Iram Siraj (UCL); Abbie Raikes (University of Nebraska Medical Center) London (UCL); Canada (McGill University) 2016-2017.
  • Baseline study of integrated ECCD programmes across four provinces and design of Outcomes Monitoring System. PLAN International (Cambodia).
    • Co-investigators: Uttara Sok (Pannasastra University, Phnom Penh); Sun Jin (The Education University of Hong Kong) 2016-2018.
  • Documentation of ‘Noteworthy’ ECCD practices across the Asia Pacific region. Government of Brunei Darussalam Research Council; Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), UNICEF (Regional Office South Asia) and the Open Society Foundation.
    • Co-investigators: Jennifer Tan (Help University, Malaysia); Karma Gayleg and Sangay Jamtso (Bhutan project); Uttara Sok (Cambodia project); Reem Ahuja (India project); Dian Fikriani (Indonesia project); Sachita Suwal (Nepal project); Shahida Sultan and Parveen Mahboob (Pakistan project 1); Afzal Khan (Pakistan project 2); Joyce Orillosa (Philippines project). 2015-2016.
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