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Mrs Karen Horsley

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Education (Early Years)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Education
  • karen.horsley

Professional biography

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.



Research interests

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

Teaching interests

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.


  • ED0007 Key Concepts in Early Childhood (Extended degree)
  • ED0003 Becoming an Early Childhood Undergraduate (Extended degree)
  • ED1009 Introduction to Early Childhood Studies
  • ED1034 Developing Learning in Early Childhood
  • ED1000 Critical Reading and Writing
  • ED2037 International Placement in International Settings
  • ED3000 Research Project supervisor
  • ED6014 Children, Culture, Globalisation

The Open University

  • E105 Professional Practice in the Early Years (Module Chair)
  • E109 Perspectives on Young Children's Lives and Learning (module team member)
  • E110 Young Children's Play and Creativity (in production)
  • E100 The Early Years: Developing Practice (module team member)
  • E229 Listening to Young Children Living and Learning: Critical Reflections (in production)


An innovative methodology for capturing young children’s curiosity, imagination and voices using a free app: Our Story (2017)
Canning, Natalie; Payler, Jane; Horsley, Karen and Gomez, Chris
International Journal of Early Years Education, 25(3) (pp. 292-307)
Remembering childhood: Do our memories and experiences influence our understanding of early childhood and our practice with young children? (2014-10-01)
Horsley, Karen and Penn, Helen
Management in Education, 28, Article 9(4) (pp. 175-179)
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in England: a missed opportunity? (2013-10-04)
Silberfeld, Carolyn Helena and Horsley, Karen
In: Ang, Lynn ed. The Early Years Curriculum: The UK context and beyond (pp. 12-32)
ISBN : 1408223325 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
The ‘Listening Project’: Seeing and hearing young children’s stories,voices and imaginations through documentary photography in one day nursery. Possibilities and dilemmas (2016-08-31)
Horsley, Karen
In : 26th EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) Conference, 2016 (31st August-3rd September 2016, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland)
Children’s imagination and curiosity: Facilitating and documenting through technology (2016)
Canning, Natalie; Payler, Jane and Horsley, Karen
In : 26th EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) Conference, 2016 (31 Aug - 03 Sep 2016, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland)


Dr Hannah Marston and her book Mobile e-Health

Book published and Keynote presentations in 2018

2018 seems to be turning into a busy year for Dr Hannah R. Marston, Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area (H&W PRA). Hannah has recently published Mobile e-Health with colleagues from Swansea University and the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada; and Hannah will be a keynote presenter at two conferences this year.

10th January 2018
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