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Dr Naomi McLeod

Biography

After many years of teaching across Early Years and Key Stage 1 and as a Deputy Head teacher, Naomi led Early Childhood and the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Early Years Teacher Education programme at Liverpool Hope University. Most recently Naomi is at Liverpool John Moores University teaching across Early Childhood and Education Studies and leading the MA in International Approaches to Early Childhood Education. Her doctorate focused on developing pedagogical participation for young children, and critical reflection as a tool for Continued Professional Development for early childhood educators across the sector. This focus on valuing children as agents of change continues to be a research interest evident in her published work and in the working partnerships she has developed with educators and creative professionals in the field of Early Years, creativity and participation. Naomi has recently completed a project working with children and family curators at Tate Liverpool nurturing a sense of self using philosophical enquiry and artwork as a provocation. She is currently leading a team of co-authors from Sweden, Finland and New Zealand writing a book entitled ‘Empowering Early Childhood Educators: International Approaches as Provocation’ which will be published in the new year.

Degrees

University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, Ed.D, Early Childhood Education
University of Liverpool,, United Kingdom, M.Sc, Education
University of Liverpool (St Katharine’s College) (Now Liverpool Hope University), united Kingdom, B.Ed Honours, University of Liverpool (St Katharine’s College

Academic appointments

Programme Lead for MA International Approaches to ECE / Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Education Health and Community, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present

Publications

Book

McLeod N, Giardiello P. 2018. Empowering Early Childhood Educators: International Pedagogies as Provocation. McLeod N, Giardiello P. Routledge

Journal article

McLeod NJ, Wright D, McCall K, Fujii M. 2017. Visual rhythms: facilitating young children’s creative engagement at Tate Liverpool European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 25 :930-944 >DOI

McLeod N. 2015. Reflecting on reflection: improving teachers’ readiness to facilitate participatory learning with young children Professional Development in Education, 41 :254-272 >DOI

McLeod N. 2011. Exploring Early Years educators' ownership of language and communication knowledge and skills: a review of key policy and initial reflections on Every Child a Talker and its implementation Education 3-13, 39 :429-445 >DOI

Poster

Gallard D, Daly A, Wood P, McLeod N. 2016. Transitions for people alongside process: the journey of SPARK to Open Journal

Chapters

McLeod NJ. 2016. Education as a philosophical endeavour. In: Philosophy for children in teacher education: Creating the conditions for learning Routledge 978-1-315-64031-0

Rodrigues S, McLeod NJ. The Reflective Teacher Handbook for Teacher Education Rotterdam: Sense Publishers 978-94-6209-693-6

Other

McLeod NJ, Astbury E, Stokell K, McCann J. Nurturing young children’s sense of self through artwork as a provocation and philosophical enquiry: A Pilot Study International Journal of Early Years Education,

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Towards a collective understanding of ‘school’ readiness: Collective interpretations and priorities, Hope EECERA Holistic Well-being SIG Debates in child and family well-being, Liverpool Hope University, Oral presentation 28/06/2018

Nurturing young children’s sense of self through artwork as a provocation and philosophical enquiry, LJMU EHC Research Conference, Crowne Plaza, Oral presentation 18/06/2018

Visual rhythms: Facilitating young children’s creative engagement at Tate Liverpool, European Early Childhood Educational Research Association, Dublin University, Oral presentation 03/09/2017

'Nurturing a sense of self in young children through artwork as a provocation for philosophical enquiry', European Early Childhood Educational Research Association, Bologna, Italy, Oral presentation 03/09/2017

'Nurturing a sense of self in young children through artwork as a provocation for philosophical enquiry' Initial findings, ‘Young People in a changing world: Action, Agency and Participation’ conference’, Liverpool Hope University, Oral presentation 24/06/2016

Patterns and Rhythms: Facilitating Young children’s creative engagement at Tate Liverpool, International Journal of Arts and Education (iJADE) conference, Tate Liverpool, Oral presentation 24/11/2014

Evoking New Ways of Seeing Through Creative Hermeneutic Methods: Working With Teachers to Improve Participatory Teaching with Young Children, European Conference for Educational Research (ECER), Istanbul university, Oral presentation 01/09/2013

A fresh take on Reflection: Working with Teachers to improve Participatory Practice with Young Children, European Conference for Educational Research (ECER), Cadiz University Spain, Oral presentation 02/09/2012

How can an examination provide opportunities for reflection?, Writing Development in Higher Education (WDHE), Liverpool Hope University, Oral presentation 04/07/2012

Evoking new ways of seeing and being: personal reflections on emancipatory and transformational action learning through creative hermeneutic approaches, Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN), University of Cambridge, Oral presentation 05/11/2010

‘The experience of transformational learning and critically creative action to build research capacity’, Enhancing Practice: Creating innovative, creative and strategic healthcare, social care and education practice’, Belfast University, Northern Ireland, Oral presentation 13/09/2010

Reflection through recording, Writing Development in Higher Education, Royal College of Nursing, London, Oral presentation 28/06/2010

External committees:

Hope One World (Charity), Hope One World (Charity), Trustee, http://www.hopeoneworld.org.uk/

Advisory Board for Children’s Centres in Knowsley, Knowsley Children's Centres, Emeritus Board Member for the Advisory Board for Children’s Centres in Knowsley

Advisory Board for Children’s Centres in Knowsley, Knowsley LA Children's Centres, Emeritus Board Member for the Advisory Board for Children’s Centres in Knowsley - with a focus on research informing practice. Ongoing

Fellowships:

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy

Other Professional Activity:

Reviewer for Early Childhood Research Journal Maslow’s Hierarchy Applied to Early Childhoo

Reviewer for Early Childhood Research Journal ''Experiences of teacher reflection: Reggio Inspired Practice in the Studio”

Reviewer for Early Childhood Research Journal “Is there a home advantage in school readiness for young children? Trends in parent engagement in cognitive activities with young children”

Reviewer for Early Childhood Research Journal "Collaborative Practices of Pre School Children in Mathematical Tasks” (2015)

Routledge book proposal review by Gilbert Burgh and Simone Thornton entitled Philosophical Inquiry with Children: An Australian history dedicated to creating an inquiring society. (Nov, 2016)

Peer Review of Journal Article: Review of manuscript, entitled "The Test Of Creative Imagination: Making The Test Suitable To The 5-6-Year-Old Age Group" for European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. (Nov 2016)

Peer Review of Journal Article: Review for European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. Mannuscript entitles A Comparison of Montessori and Traditionally Schooled Nursery Children on Social Skills and Creativity

Peer Review Journal Article: Review for European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. ‘The Creativity Has No End: Learning from the Lillian de Lissa & Belgravia Children’s Centre"

Research Grants Awarded:

In house Northampton University Research Grant, closing the attainment gap’ / improving the attainment of disadvantaged children, Eunice Lumsden, University of Northampton, Jackie Musgrave, University of Worcester and Naomi McLeod, Liverpool John Moores University d), Grant value (£): 3,000, Duration of research project: 2 years

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), closing the attainment gap’ / improving the attainment of disadvantaged children, Prof Tim Cain, Grant value (£): £9,000

edagogical Action Research Grant, Network of Hope and the response by students to LearnWise as a method of learning, Grant value (£): £1000, Duration of research project: 1 year

Creative Partnerships and Knowsley LA, Phase 1 – Creativity Speaks for Itself, Patricia Giardiello, Babs Anderson, Grant value (£): £12,000, Duration of research project: 2 years

Knowsley Chhildren’s Centres’ Leadership Fund, School Readiness: How can we improve our practice? (Phase 1) Facilitate 2 Separate collaborative research enquiry projects – one with Halewood and one with Kirkby, Babs Anderson, Grant value (£): £6,000, Duration of research project: 1 year

Knowsley Children’s Centres’ Leadership Fund, School Readiness: Creating a transition toolkit for Early Years Knowsely LA., Babs Anderson, Grant value (£): £4,000, Duration of research project: December 2016

FREE funding (Faculty Research and Enterprise Excellence) (Successful), Nurturing a sense of self in young children through artwork as a provocation for philosophical enquiry., Kathy Stokell – ITE LJMU Liz Astbury – Early Years ITE LJMU Katy McCall – Early Years and Families curator at Tate Liverpool Julie McCann – Philosophy 4 Children – School Improvement, Liverpool, Grant value (£): £10,000, Duration of research project: January - July 2016

Pedagogical Action Research Grant Liverpool Hope University, Network of Hope and the response by students to LearnWise as a method of learning, Naomi McLeod, Grant value (£): £1,500

Creative Partnerships and Knowsley LA, Creativity Speaks for Itse, Naomi McLeod, Grant value (£): £12,000

Knowsley Local Authority / Children's Services, School Readiness: How can we improve our practice, Naomi McLeod and Babs Anderson, Grant value (£): £10,000, Duration of research project: 2016

FREE Funding (Faculty Research and Enterprise Excellence), Nurturing a sense of self in young children through artwork as a provocation for philosophical enquiry., Naomi McLeod – Early Childhood Studies LJMU Kathy Stokell – ITE LJMU Liz Astbury – Early Years ITE LJMU Katy McCall – Early Years and Families curator at Tate Liverpool Julie McCann – Philosophy 4 Children – School Improvement, Liverpool, Grant value (£): £10,000, Duration of research project: 7 months