Karen is a Lecturer in Early Years. Karen's first degree is in Early Childhood Studies which she completed at the University of East London. Karen was a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of East London for ten years before joing the OU in January 2015. Karen has worked with children, parents and professionals in a variety of early years settings including local primary schools, nurseries, a women's refuge and child development centre. Karen completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGTLHE) and has been awarded Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). Karen is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.
Karen is currently involved in exploring and developing image-based research with children, parents and practitioners at a nursery in a children's centre. She is interested in how documentary photography can facilitate young children's voices and partcipation with broader conversations and reflections in Early Childhood.
Karen's research interests are: Young children's voices and participation in diverse contexts and spaces; image-based research; culture; globalisation; participatory and creative approaches
Karen's teaching interests and experiences span a wide variety of Early Childhood ./ Early Years modules with students on the Extended degree at the University of East London (UEL) and Undergraduates at UEL and The Open University.
The Open University