Having studied History at university, I went on to train first as an adult nurse and then as a sick children's nurse. This eventually led me into teaching, and I spent nine years in Adult and Higher Education with Further Education colleges , during which I achieved my MSc, exploring aspects of the history of health and social care. My PhD research considered how changes in the understanding of the nature of early childhood helped lead to the creation of the first children's hospitals.
In 2011 I spent three months as a visiting researcher at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. Since 2012 I have been a visiting lecturer at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, also in Germany. I am programme Erasmus+ co-ordinator for the School of Education.
In 2015 I was appointed by the Government of Catalonia to assist with new the blood academic appointments process under the Serra Hunter Programme, 2015-6.
Current modules taught include:
- Children and Childhood
- Health and Wellbeing
- Health and Therapeutics
- Children's Services and the Family
- Independent Project
My research interests include:
- international comparative education
- transnational teaching, learning, and assessment
- international influences on concepts of childhood and child health
I am a member of the Liverpool Medical Institution and of the British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health.
2014, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, PhD
2004, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, MSc
1983, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, MA
Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies, Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2008 - present
Lecturer in Health, Social Care, and Early Years, Adult Faculty, Runshaw College, 2001 - 2008
Lecturer in Health, Social Care, and Early Years, Bexley College, 2000 - 2001
Temporary Lecturer in Health, Social Care, and Early Years, Merton College, 1999 - 2000
PGCE (FE), United Kingdom, University of Greenwich, 1998 - 1999
Kennedy AJ. Florence Nightingale and Charles West: Conflicting Visions of Children’s Nursing Hayes PM. History Studies: The Journal of the History Society of the University of Limerick,
Kennedy AJ. Children and the notion of risk Kassem D, Murphy L, Taylor E. Key Issues in Childhood and Youth Studies Routledge. London 978-0415468893
Kennedy AJ. Inside the School: Early Years’ Education Studies: An Introduction :131-144 Open University Press. Milton Keynes 978-0335223510
Kennedy AJ. ‘Certain Children’s Habits’: Charles West, Florence Nightingale, and the problem of nursing sick children. International Perspectives on Nursing History
Engagement & Impact
The creation of the first children’s hospitals and their significance in the history of early childhood, Horrible Histories: conference of the Children's History Society, King's College, London, Oral presentation. 2016
Why do we try to improve the health of young children?, British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health, Manchester University, Oral presentation. 2013
Nightingale and Children’s Nursing., International Perspectives on Nursing History Conference., London, UK, Oral presentation. 2010
Fellowship, Higher Education Academy. 2012
Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany, Professor Dr Gisela Schulze. 2009
PGCE (FE). 1999
Other Professional Activity:
Appointed by Government of Catalonia to assist with new blood academic appointments under the Serra Hunter Programme, 2015-6..
External examiner, BA in Early Childhood Studies, 2016-2020..
November 2016: participated in accreditation of MA Rehabilitationspädagogik at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany..