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Qualifications

Bsc(Hons) Microbiology 2:I
PGCE (Primary)
Graduate Diploma in Professional Development (Education)

Experience

10 years teaching experience in Early Years
10 years lecturing experience in Early Years Education.

Responsibilities

Module leader for Play and learning.
Module leader for Leading and Managing Others
Module leader for Dissertation
Module leader for Child development, play and well-being
Module leader for Working with Children and Families
Award Leader for Education Minor students

Publications

TACTYC
FE educator
Western Mail- Education section
An Introduction to the Foundation Phase (2016): Amanda Thomas and Alyson Lewis; Bloomsbury
Teaching in the Early Years: Theory and Practice (2017): Edited by Amanda Thomas and Karen Mciness; SAGE

Memberships

Fellow of the HE academy

External

External Examiner for Carshalton College 2014-2018 – examined their Early Years Degree provision

Research

Research into children’s schemas in the Foundation Phase. I have explored how children use repeated patterns of behaviour (schemas) to construct their knowledge and understanding in the Foundation phase in Wales. I have used my finding in my teaching at the university to support students in making the crucial links between theory and practice. The following quotes show the impact this has had:

• Victoria Miles (Year 2 Early Years student) “I have been able to use Amanda’s work on schemas in my essay and portfolio on observation so it has informed my practice."

• Dean Jones (Year 3 Childhood Development Student) “I have used the lectures on schemas to support me in my assessment on play and learning in the early years.”

Areas of Expertise

Early Years Education

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