Karen is a lecturer in Early Childhood at The Open University, joining the central academic team following 10 years as an associate lecturer, tutoring a number of modules within the Childhood and Youth degree pathway. Karen came into higher education following a career in service provision for children and families, most notably as a manager of a Sure Start Children's Centre delivering multi-agency provision to children under the age of five and their families, and as a manager of family services at a Northamptonshire prison. Prior to these posts, Karen spent a number of years in practice in early childhood settings.
Karen has engaged children and families in developing supportive play environments in community and setting contexts, and has a particular interest in engaging with the aspirations of fathers, and their constructions of parenting identities.
Karen has been involved in the following Early Childhood modules:
E109: Exploring perspectives on young children's lives and learning.
E110: Young children's play and creativity.
E229: Listening to young children living and learning: critical reflections (in production)
E210: Extending professional practice in the early years: Module team member