Dr Liz Chesworth BA (Hons) PGCE SFHEA PhD

Dr Liz Chesworth

Lecturer in Early Childhood Education
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 3626
Email: e.a.chesworth@sheffield.ac.uk

Orcid id https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0576-0650




Liz has worked in the field of early childhood education throughout her career and has taught in nurseries, children’s centres, primary schools and universities. She is module leader for the undergraduate module EDU108: Social and Historical Constructions of Childhood and contributes to module EDU105: Critical Curriculum Study. Liz directs the following Masters programmes:

MA Early Childhood Education (full time)
MA Early Childhood Education (Malta)

Liz supervises undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in the areas of:

Critical curriculum studies in early childhood education
Young children’s funds of knowledge
Critical perspectives of play in early childhood
Young children’s peer cultures
Critical sociocultural theory in early childhood education
Inclusive education for young children
Multimodality in early childhood
Posthuman theory in early childhood



Critical perspectives of play in early childhood

Liz positions her research into play within critical sociocultural theory. Her research problematizes the discourse of play located within curriculum and policy frameworks. She is interested in the ways in which children’s play interests and inquiries are situated within diverse social and cultural contexts. Liz has drawn upon children’s perspectives to explore issues of power, agency and choice within classroom peer cultures.

Creativity and digital literacy in early childhood

Liz is interested in creative pedagogies for early childhood education and the possibilities that new technologies afford for the development of new pedagogies and learning environments.

Current research projects include:

Principle Investigator: Understanding practitioners’ curriculum decision-making to support complexity in children’s play in a multi-diverse pre-school setting. Awarding body: The Froebel Trust. Co-Investigator: Professor Elizabeth Wood (University of Sheffield). Collaborative partner: Dr Sharon Curtis (Ellesmere Children’s Centre), (2018- 2019).

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow: Makerspaces in the early years: Enhancing digital literacy and creativity (MakEY) . Awarding body: European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Principle Investigator: Professor Jackie Marsh (University of Sheffield) (2017-2019).



Assistant Editor: Journal of Early Childhood Research

Member of Editorial Board: International Journal of Play

Reviewer: International Journal of Research and Method in Education; International Journal of Early Years Education; Early Years: An International Research Journal; International Journal of Early Childhood Research; International Journal of Early Childhood Literacy; International Journal of Qualitative Research in Education; British Educational Research Journal.



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Book Chapters

Broadhead, P. and Chesworth, L. (2015) Friendship, culture and playful learning in early childhood education, in J. Moyles (Ed) The Excellence of Play (4th edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press. 94-105.

Chesworth, L. (2015) A deeper understanding of play, in A. Brock, The Early Years Reflective Practice Handbook, Oxford: Routledge. 142-165.