Angela Garden

School of Education

Ange Garden is Head of Education Studies as well as Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Education Studies and Early Years and BA (Hons) Education and Primary Studies. She has a background in Psychology. She is a member of the Senior Management Team within the School of Education overseeing a suite of programmes within the subject area of EECS. As Employability Lead, Ange leads the programme of employability enrichment opportunities afforded to students; managing links with a wide range of local schools and partner organisations.

Areas of interest and teaching include the psychology of education, nature, sustainability, wellbeing, mental health, therapeutic approaches and multi-disciplinary working with children and families. After establishing the first Northwest University Forest School, we established a city-centre ‘Natural Curriculum Hub’ offering training in outdoor primary education to students and educators. Ange recently received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the promotion of sustainability in Research and Knowledge Exchange (2022).

Ange's PhD explores the under-theorised pedagogy of the benefits of ‘space’ and ‘risk’ in outdoor learning environments such as Forest Schools. She explores the benefits of Forest Schools and nature for wellbeing and discusses alternative outdoor spaces in explorations of risk. Ange presents a pedagogical framework for therapeutic practitioners informed by the lens of Forest School pedagogies and practice positting the case for space and the child or student outdoors. She is keen to think beyond the indoor classroom and explores creative ways to engage undergraduate students in their learning and assessments.

As a trained Therapeutic Forest School Leader, Ange oversees the LJMU Thrive in the Forest Qualification as well as an outdoor volunteering programme liaising with a range of partner organisations. She manages the School of Education Twitter and Instagram feeds @wellbeingljmu and #wellbeingmattersljmu focussing on student mental health and wellbeing and co-led on the development of the university-wide LJMU Student Wellbeing Journal. Ange is co-chair of the Faculty-wide Institute of Health Research (IHR), Mental Wellbeing Interest Group. She also acts as 'Wellbeing Champion' for the School of Education.

Ange is external examiner for the Master's programme in Psychology of Education, University College London Institute of Education. She is a member of the cross-disciplinary Education and Psychology research group 'Sustainable Learning and Well-Being in Education', which engages teachers in developing pedagogical well-being through professional development. The team regularly run workshops at conferences such as the recent British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 2022. Ange is also currently writing a module on the Psychology of Educational Leadership for LJMU Centre for Educational Leadership's new MBA in Education.

Languages

English

Degrees

2015, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Master of Arts in Advanced Educational Practice (Distinction)
2012, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Practice (Dyslexia)
2005, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
2001, University of Bolton, United Kingdom, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
1998, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Psychology. BPS accredited
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD by Published Works (in progress)

Certifications

2019, Therapeutic Forest CIC, United Kingdom, L3 Certificate in Outdoor Therapeutic Skills
2016, Mersey Forest, United Kingdom, L3 Forest School Leader Training

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Psychology, Social Sciences, Edge Hill University, 2019 - 2006
Programme Leader, Education and Early Childhood Studies (EECS), Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Health and Community, Liverpool John Moores University, 2006 - 2019

Highlighted publications

Garden A. 2023. Constructions of Space: Exploring Photographic Images in Forest School Prism, 5 :97-112 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Garden A, Downes G. 2023. New boundaries, undecided roles: towards an understanding of forest schools as constructed spaces Education 3-13, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Garden A, Hirst N. 2022. ‘Ikke skade treet': ‘Don’t harm the tree'. Narratives from a Norwegian kindergarten Education 3-13: the professional journal for primary education, :19-19 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Garden A. 2022. An exploration of children’s experiences of the use of digital technology in forest schools Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, :1-15 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Garden ANGELA. 2022. The case for space in the co-construction of risk in UK Forest School Education 3-13 International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, :1-12 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Garden A. 2021. Forest school as a space for risk for children with social, emotional and mental health needs Wood P. Policy, Provision and Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disability Perspectives across Countries Routledge 9781000534115 DOI Publisher Url

Garden A, Downes G. 2021. A systematic review of forest schools literature in England Education 3-13: the professional journal for primary education, :1-17 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Garden A. 2023. The University Forest School Space in England: taking seminars outdoors for early years undergraduates Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, 3 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Garden A. 2023. Constructions of Space: Exploring Photographic Images in Forest School Prism, 5 :97-112 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Garden A, Downes G. 2023. New boundaries, undecided roles: towards an understanding of forest schools as constructed spaces Education 3-13, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Garden A, Hirst N. 2022. ‘Ikke skade treet': ‘Don’t harm the tree'. Narratives from a Norwegian kindergarten Education 3-13: the professional journal for primary education, :19-19 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Garden A. 2022. An exploration of children’s experiences of the use of digital technology in forest schools Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, :1-15 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Garden ANGELA. 2022. The case for space in the co-construction of risk in UK Forest School Education 3-13 International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, :1-12 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Garden A, Downes G. 2021. A systematic review of forest schools literature in England Education 3-13: the professional journal for primary education, :1-17 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Garden AS. 2018. Exploring the self-esteem of undergraduate students with a diagnosis of dyslexia British Journal of Special Education,

Garden AS. 2008. A Study of Professional Curiosity in Non-Directive Play Therapy and its Link to Attachment. Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis, 2 :46-55 Publisher Url

Garden AS. 2006. The Ethics of Researching Children in Non-Directive Play Therapy British Journal of Play Therapy, 2

Naylor AS. 2005. When a child plays Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, 5 :29-31

Naylor A, Prescott P. 2004. Invisible children? the need for support groups for siblings of disabled children British Journal of Special Education, 31 :199-206 DOI Publisher Url

Naylor AS, Prescott P. 2004. All about my brother Community Care, :34-35 Publisher Url

Garden A, Hirst N, Hennessy C. Interns for Wellbeing: The Co-Creation of a University Student Wellbeing Journal Journal of Further and Higher Education, Author Url

Conference publication

Garden A, Hirst N, Hennessy C, Smith A, Burns D, Turnbull Y. 2023. Storying the [ongoing] journey of the LJMU Wellbeing Journal: making molehills out of mountains by listening to student voices https://openjournals.ljmu.ac.uk/studentexp/article/view/1419, LJMU Students at the Heart Conference DOI Publisher Url

Garden AS. 2016. The impact of a diagnosis of dyslexia on the self-esteem, coping strategies and perceived academic achievement of undergraduate students at one northwest university Liverpool John Moores University Teaching & Learning Conference Public Url

Gallard D, Daly A, Garden A, Mills L, Parry L, Smears E. 2014. Student engagement through academic writing: Process reflections of a community of enquiry British Education Studies Association Annual Conference

Tracy F, McLain M, Garden A, Bodfield K. The Self-Determination of Teachers Post COVID-19 Pandemic British Educational Research Association Conference

Tracy F, Garden A, McLain M. Educators’ Views, Experiences and Preferences for Continuing Professional Development in a Post-COVID Environment British Educational Research Association Conference Publisher Url

Garden A. Taking seminars outdoors in nature: alternative learning spaces in LJMU LJMU Students at the Heart DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Garden A, Hirst N. Developing a Wellbeing Journal at LJMU ‘Better Together: Healthy People and Places’ - LJMU Bi-Centenary Showcase Research Event on Social Innovation, Mental Wellbeing and Green Spaces

Garden A. Children’s Experiences of using Digital Technology in UK Forest Schools. https://www.academics.institute/files/data/fileManager//ICEEPSY-2023-Agenda.pdf, 14th International Conference on Education & Educational Psychology (ICEEPSY) 2023

Chapters

Garden A. 2021. Forest school as a space for risk for children with social, emotional and mental health needs Wood P. Policy, Provision and Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disability Perspectives across Countries Routledge 9781000534115 DOI Publisher Url

Gallard D, Garden A. 2011. The Psychology of Education [CHAPTER] Dufour B, Curtis W. Studying Education: An introduction to the key disciplines in education studies. Berkshire: Open University Press 978-0335241057

Scholarly edition

Daly A, Garden AS, Smears E, Gallard DC. 2014. Early Work by Student Researchers, Spark Author Url

Highlighted activities

Award:

Faculty Winner, Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Sustainability in Research and Knowledge Exchange, Liverpool John Moores University. 2022

Conference presentation:

Taking seminars outdoors in nature: Alternative learning spaces in Higher Education., BPS Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference, Oral presentation. 2022

Educators’ Views, Experiences and Preferences for Continuing Professional Development in a Post-COVID Environment, BERA, Liverpool, Oral presentation. 2022

Journaling around the campfire: Alternative spaces for wellbeing and mental health in Higher Education, APSS Faculty Research Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2022

Research Grants Awarded:

Liverpool John Moores University QR Funding, Educators’ Views, Experiences and Preferences for Continuing Professional Development in a Post-COVID Environment, Dr Fran Tracy, Matt McLain, Dr Craig Hammond, Dr Avril Rowley, Angela Garden, Dr Anne-Marie Smith, Dr Helen Poole, Dr Kaye Richards., Grant value (£): 1,500, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2022

Professional activities

External collaboration:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-women-leadership-summit-2023-tickets-597468001877, Liverpool Hope University, Global Women Leadership Summit 2023. 2023

Other Professional Activity:

Hear Me, Don't Blame Me - CYPF Annual Conference 2023, London. 2023

Re-validation panel member for LJMU MSc Health Psychology 2023.. 2023

Validation panel member for new LJMU Msc Forensic and Investigative Psychology. 2022

Public engagement:

Public consultation, Social care professionals, academics and care-leavers, Participant, Museum of Liverpool, Double Discrimination - Black care-experienced young adults navigating the criminal justice system, Black care-experienced young people in the criminal justice system Barnardos Launch Report, https://www.barnardos.org.uk/research/black-care-experienced-young-adults-in-criminal-justice-system. 2023

Conference presentation:

The Self-Determination of Teachers Post COVID-19 Pandemic, British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, Aston University, Aston, Oral presentation. 2023

Taking seminars outdoors in nature: Alternative learning spaces in Higher Education., BPS Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference, Oral presentation. 2022

Educators’ Views, Experiences and Preferences for Continuing Professional Development in a Post-COVID Environment, BERA, Liverpool, Oral presentation. 2022

Journaling around the campfire: Alternative spaces for wellbeing and mental health in Higher Education, APSS Faculty Research Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2022

An Exploration of Children’s Experiences of the Use of Digital Technology in Forest Schools., British Educational Society Association (BESA) Annual Conference, Manchester, Oral presentation. 2022

Same Actors, Undecided Roles: Towards an Understanding of Forest Schools as Sites of Knowledge Construction, British Educational Society Association (BESA) Annual Conference, Manchester, Oral presentation. 2022

The LJMU Wellbeing Journal: Co-creation, Impact and Future Plans, LJMU Students at Heart Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2022

A Powerful Tool for Wellbeing: Embedding Journaling into Daily Student Life., LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2021

The Natural Side of Technology into the Forest School Space, 1st Online International Doctoral Research Conference in Education (CERES), Liverpool John Moores University, Online. 2020

Working with a school nurture group; the benefits of weekly forest school sessions for children with emotional, social and/or behavioural difficulties., 1st International CHILDLIFE Conference Children and Young People in Everyday Life and Professional Practices, Oslo Met University, Oral presentation. 2019

Evaluating LJMU Forest School Programme for Schools: staff and student partnership, LJMU Teaching & Learning Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Poster presentation. 2019

The impact of a diagnosis of dyslexia on the self-esteem, coping strategies and perceived academic achievement of undergraduate students at one northwest university, EHC Festival of Research 2016, Titanic Hotel, Liverpool, Poster presentation. 2016

Therapeutic Approaches to working with children: Research and practice implications from Non-Directive Play Therapy Sessions., LJMU Faculty Research Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2009

Damaged Childhoods: Using Non-Directive Play Therapy as a Process of change in Recovery. Happy, Healthy Children: Promoting Mental Health & Wellbeing Conference., LJMU Faculty Research Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2007

Exploring the Concept of 'Professional Curiosity' in Therapeutic work with Children., British Psychology Society, DCP Faculty for Children & Young People Annual Conference, Trinity & All Saints College, Leeds, Oral presentation. 2007

Other invited event:

Liverpool John Moores University APSS Employabilty Showcase, Liverpool John Moores University, As School of Education Employability Lead, I presented our Employability and Enterprise Action Plan and the range of student employability enrichment opportunities in the School of Education.. 2023

Teaching, Cultural and Knowledge Exchange, Oslo Met University, Oslo Met University, Norway, Workshop: Forest School and Outdoor Learning in Primary Education. 2022

International Days programme, Oslo Met University, Oslo Met University, Workshop: Forest School, a UK perspective. 2019

Teaching, Cultural and Knowledge Exchange, Oslo Met University, Oslo Met University, Forest School and Outdoor Learning in Primary Education. 2018

Award:

Faculty Winner, Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Sustainability in Research and Knowledge Exchange, Liverpool John Moores University. 2022

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Best Programme or Support Team for SPARK student journal editorial team (June 2014), Vice Chancellor’s Award (Liverpool John Moores University). 2014

Membership of professional bodies:

Member of British Educational Studies Association (BESA), British Educational Studies Association (BESA), https://educationstudies.org.uk/. 2022

Member of Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN), Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN), https://www.ecsdn.org/. 2022

Member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA), British Educational Research Association (BERA), https://www.bera.ac.uk/. 2022

Member of the Forest School Association (FSA), Forest School Association (FSA), https://forestschoolassociation.org/. 2022

Research Grants Awarded:

Liverpool John Moores University QR Funding, Educators’ Views, Experiences and Preferences for Continuing Professional Development in a Post-COVID Environment, Dr Fran Tracy, Matt McLain, Dr Craig Hammond, Dr Avril Rowley, Angela Garden, Dr Anne-Marie Smith, Dr Helen Poole, Dr Kaye Richards., Grant value (£): 1,500, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2022

Liverpool John Moores University, Alternative spaces for an inclusive wellbeing curriculum, Nicky Hirst, Claire Hennessy, Avril Rowley, Grant value (£): £1,200, Duration of research project: 2 months. 2021

Liverpool John Moores University, The evaluation and implementation of an inclusive and diverse Student Wellbeing Journal university wide, Nicky Hirst, Claire Hennessy, Avril Rowley, Grant value (£): £1,200, Duration of research project: 2 months. 2020

Industrial connections:

Growing Sudley, Partnership for LJMU Thrive in Forest Qualification providing volunteering for our students., https://growingsudley.com/. 2019

Mersey Forest, LJMU Natural Curriculum Hub, https://www.merseyforest.org.uk/. 2016

Fellowships:

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy. 2014

Teaching qualification:

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 2002

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