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Claire Pescott known as Claire Pescott


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BA Ed (Hons) with QTS
MA Education
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Claire Pescott is currently a Senior Lecturer in Early Years/Education. She works across campuses teaching on the BA Early Years Education and Practice (Newport City Campus) and BSc Childhood Development (Treforest Campus). Modules she teaches on include ‘Perspectives of Childhood and Education’, ‘Literacy and Numeracy in Focus’, ‘Professional Learning and Practice’, ‘Curriculum Matters’ and ‘Researching Children in the Early Years’. In addition she supports a number of Independent Study students at Treforest and City campuses. She is currently year 3 tutor for BA (Hons) Early Years Education and Practice.


Claire was a primary teacher for 13 years, working predominantly in two schools in deprived, multi cultural areas of Cardiff. She taught across the age ranges (Nursery – Year 6) and gained experience working with children with EAL and ALN. After completing her Masters in Education, she worked in Coleg Y Cymoedd as Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education and the BA Early Years. She commenced her current post in August 2015.


University Link Officer for four collaborative institutions – Bridgend College, Cardiff and Vale College, Coleg Y Cymoedd and Gower college for USW franchised provision – Foundation Degree Early Years Care and Education, Foundation Degree Learning Support, Foundation Degree Education, Learning and Development and BA Education, Learning and Development. Professional working relationships between the university and the colleges is integral to these degrees being viable and to ensure they meet comply with university regulations.


Book chapters:

Pescott, C. (2017) ‘What can we learn from UK Curricula?’ in McInnes, K. and Thomas, A. (eds). Teaching Early Years: Theory and Practice. London: Sage.


Research interests include language acquisition, language and play, social media and children, multi modality and children’s literature. Visual research methods such as photo elicitation, sandboxing technique and narrative discourse are of particular interest.

Current research:
“Stakeholder’s perceptions of the implementation of the LNF within the Foundation Phase” presented at WISERD Conference, Swansea University, July 2016.
“Social Media: Friend or Foe?” (an exploration of stakeholder’s perceptions of social media inside and outside the classroom) presented at EECERA Conference, Dublin, August 2016.

PhD student commenced October 2017. ‘Me, my selfie and I: An exploration of young children’s authenticity presented through social media in a digital landscape’. The aim of this PhD is to undertake empirical research of children’s experiences using social media and their perceptions of themselves in a digital landscape. An evaluation of the impact on self-esteem and an exploration of the presentation of self and whether this differs from how they present themselves in real life will be evaluated.



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