Our research interrogates the ways babies, children and their families are constructed and perceived in contemporary theory, policy and practice.
This group engages with strategic, applied and interdisciplinary research and evaluation, as well as knowledge exchange projects.
We recognise the complexity of contemporary childhoods in all aspects of its work. We are committed to developing intellectual, professional and public debates about:
Our key areas of active research are two-year-olds in education settings, gallery and museum work with under 5s, early childhood literacy and communicative practices, mental health and being/feeling 'different' at school, and behaviour and reputation.
Listening-2: Investigating sensory-motor learning in two-year olds Maggie MacLure & Christina MacRae. Froebel Trust £37K (September 2019 - September 2020)
Evaluation and support implementation of the speech/language and communication pathway across GMCA Deborah James & Julie Marshall. (HPSC) DfE Early Outcomes Fund
£200 - £300K (August 2019 - June 2020)
Hackett, A., Holmes, R., Macrae, C., & Procter, L. (2018) Young children's museum geographies; spatial, material and bodily ways of knowing Guest Editors Introduction. Children’s Geographies 16(5) pp 481-488
MacRae, C., Hackett, A., Holmes, R. & Jones, L. (2018) Vibrancy, repetition and movement: posthuman theories for reconceptualising young children in museums Children's Geographies. 16(5) pp 503-515