Visiting scholars

Visiting scholars


April : Dr Harry Shier, Centre For Children's Rights, Queens University Belfast and CESESMA, Nicaragua

Harry Shier 

Harry Shier worked in England for many years, first in children’s play, then in children’s rights and participation. In 1981 he founded Playtrain, an independent training agency specialising in children’s rights, play and creativity. In the 1990’s he worked and wrote extensively on children’s participation rights, most notably developing the “Article 31 Children’s Consultancy scheme”, which enabled children to act as consultants in the management of cultural institutions. This experience was crystallised in his 2001 paper “Pathways to Participation”, which introduced a tool for analysing children’s participation in decision-making that is now widely used throughout the world. SeminarTransformative research by children and adolescents: Partnerships between adults and children as researchers, Thursday 14 April 2016.


November: Professor Marika Veisson

Professor Marika Veisson 

Professor Veisson, is the Head , Institute of Educational Sciences, Tallinn University, Estonia. During her visit, she will share findings of the cross-cultural study investigating the professionalism of early childhood educators – preschool teachers and principals (equivalent of centre directors in Australia) from four European countries who are partners in this study. Colloquium: Professionalism of preschool teachers in cross-cultural contexts, Monday 23 November 2015.

July: Associate Professor Annie Savard

Annie Savard  

Associate Professor Annie Savard visited the Institute of Early Childhood from McGill University in Montreal, Canada from the 10 - 15 July 2015. In her colloquium on the 14 July she presented some background to Educational Research in Canada and focus on her current mathematics education research, with the topic How to support elementary school students’ access to mathematics when solving additive word problems.

June - July: Dr Sarah Coyne

 Dr Sarah Coyne

Dr. Sarah M. Coyne is an associate professor of human development in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. Her research interests involve media, aggression, gender, and child development. She has over 70 publications on these and other topics and is on the board of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA) society and is currently serving as an associate editor for Aggressive Behavior. ​She has four young children and lives in Spanish Fork, Utah.

February - August: Ms Jelena van der Wal

Jelena van der Wal 

Jelena van der Wal is currently doing her Masters degree in Pedagogical and Educational Sciences (MSc.) at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Jelena is housed within the Children and Families Research Centre (Room 226/227) and is an Occupational Trainee working with Dr Rebekah Grace. She is working on research methods to gather young people's perspectives on the strengths, challenges and needs of their local community and is conducting a small research project as part of the requirements for her Masters degree.

January: Dr Robert Busching

Dr Robert Busching 

Robert is from the Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam and was in the centre for a week analysing data and collaborating on a project with Dr Wayne Warburton called Social exclusion and feelings of agency in video game play: An investigation of violetn and pro-social games.

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