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Louise Arnold

Senior Lecturer

Early Childhood

Department of Early Childhood & Education , School of Education and Communities

Louise is the programme leader for the MA SEN, PGCert in Understanding and Supporting Behaviour and PGCert Autism Spectrum Conditions and Learning. She teaches across these programmes and also on the Early Childhood programmes.

Areas Of Interest

  • SEN and disability - experiences of children, their parents/carers and siblings
  • Views, voices and opinions of children and young people
  • Freedom in early childhood
  • Social and emotional development in the early years 
  • Ethical research with children
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OVERVIEW

Louise is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Communities, teaching on the MA SEN and the Early Childhood programmes.

She read Early Childhood Studies and Sociology for her undergraduate degree, and during this time gained experience teaching in a primary school in India, as well as assisting in establishing a tribal kindergarten in the rural Palani hills. She then spent some time doing research in Ethiopia, concerning attitudes towards children with disabilities. She returned to the UK to start her MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilites at the Tizard Centre, and won the Tizard prize for outstanding effort during her studies.

Louise gained a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at UEL, which also gave her Fellowship to the Higher Education Academy.  She has worked at two higher education institutes, and also has experience supporting children in varied educational and play-based settings, and on a one-to-one basis. She is passionate about children's rights, voices and opinions!

CURRENT RESEARCH

Louise is currently studying for her PhD at UEL, exploring children's participation in the creation of their Education, Health and Care Plan, working towards emancipatory and participatory methods.

Her research interests include:

  • SEN and disability - experiences of children, their parents/carers and siblings
  • Views, voices and opinions of children and young people
  • Freedom in early childhood
  • Social and emotional development in the early years
  • Ethical research with children

TEACHING

MA Special Educational Needs

This course will give you a firm grounding in understanding a range of special needs across a variety of age groups. Subjects include autism, dyslexia, social and emotional mental health issues, inclusion and leadership in SEN.

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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

If you're interested in learning more about children and childhood and you envisage a career working with and for children and their families, this course will give you an excellent foundation.

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