Ms Fiona Byrne
UCL Knowledge Lab
Cass School of Education and Communities (CASS)
I have practiced within early educational settings for almost a decade as a primary school teacher, a forest school leader and a Montessori teacher. This background accounts for my research interests in pedagogies which support creativity, the use of digital media and children’s rights.
Byrne, F (2017) “Active Learning with Tablets in the Early Years”, for: BERA (British Educational Research Association) Annual Conference 2017: Strategies for teacher development to enhance classroom practice (Educational Effectiveness and Improvement), University of Sussex, Brighton, 5th September 2017. Available at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/beraconference-2017/programme
Byrne, F. (2017) “Active Learning with Tablets in the Early Years”, for: BECERA 2017: Play-Based Pedagogies: New and Re-Developed Strategies for Supporting Children’s Learning, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, 21st February 2017. Available at: http://roar.uel.ac.uk/5804/
Byrne, F. (2016) “Active Learning with Tablets in the Early Years”, at: Research in Practice Conference, University of East London, London, 21st November 2016.
Byrne, F. (2016) “Creators or Consumers: Active Learning in the Early Years”, at: Early Education Conference, University of East London, London, 14th October 2016.
Oct 2019- 2026: ESRC funding for PhD in Education. Title: “Guided interaction and creativity with tablets in pre-schoolers home environments”. Full Award, Part-Time (fees and stipend). Supervisors: Professor Sara Price and Professor Natalia Kucirkova. Location: UCL Knowledge Lab
My external consultancy involves multimedia projects completed with artists: using art-based methods to deconstruct dominant theories of childhood and gender, with a central focus on children’s rights.
Module leader on ED4062: Emerging Research Communities and ED5003: Early Childhood Education and Care- Past Present and Future.
Seminar tutor on ED5004: Observing,Documenting and Researching with Children, Families and Practitioners.