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Mrs Nicky Hirst

Biography

Nicky Hirst is the Programme leader for the BAH Early Childhood Studies which is situated in the School of Education at LJMU. Nicky has worked within the early years sector and completed the pilot phase of the Early Years Professional Status at Manchester Metropolitan University. Nicky has taught at LJMU since 2011 and is involved in many ongoing projects to develop links with external partners. Research interests include the theory and practice associated with sustainable development within Early Childhood Education and Higher Education.

Degrees

2011, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, MA, Academic Practice
2007, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, BA Hons, Early Childhood Studies

Publications

Books

Boyd DJ, Hirst NJ, Siraj Blatchford J. 2017. Understanding Education For Sustainability across the UK Hirst NJ. Routledge. London

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Hirst NJ, Boyd DJ. 2017. Recognising Beach Kindy as a pedagogical approach for critical agents of change within early childhood education. World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research: Implementing the 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development

Hirst NJ, Boyd DJ. 2017. The Early Years Foundation Stage through a sustainability lens; practical implications for pedagogy. The Cambridge Primary Review

Hirst NJ, Boyd DJ, Browder J, Emery S, Davies JM, Sageidet B, Browder JK. 2016. Transnational Dialogues for sustainability research in early childhood education: A model for building capacity for ESD in universities? 3rd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2016)

Hirst NJ, Boyd DJ, Nikiforidou Z, Miles Z, Luff P. 2016. Education for Sustainable Development:The Environment as Third Teacher in Education for Sustainable Development The aim of this symposium is to explore the concept of environment as third teacher (inspired by the educators of Reggio Emilia, Italy) with a particular focus upon natural environments and learning for sustainability. OMEP European Conference 2016: The Place of the Child in 21st Century Society

Hirst N, Boyd D. 2015. Hirst, N and Boyd, D. (2015) Sustainable Development in Higher Education; Transnational Dialogues in Research in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (TND3) Norway Transnational Dialogues in Research in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (TND3)

Gallard D, Hirst N, Boyd D, Taylor E, Daly A, Wilcott L, Webb E. 2015. The Development of a pedagogical space for Early years & Early childhood studies programmes at LJMU LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference 2015 Book of Abstracts, Liverpool John Moores University Teaching and Learning Conference 2015

Hirst NJ. 2013. Hirst, N. Chit Chat and dialogue: using Pecha Kucha as formative assessment (2013) LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, Liverpool John Moores University. LJMU Learning and Teaching Conference

Journal Articles

Emery S, Davis JM, Sageidet BM, Boyd DJ, Browder JK, Hirst NJ. 2016. Transnational Dialogues for sustainability research in early childhood education: A model for building capacity for ESD in universities? Re: Paper60 - Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development_Vol2_paper60,

Weldemariam K, Boyd D, Hirst N, Sageidet BM, Browder JK, Grogan L, Hughes F. A Critical Analysis of Concepts Associated with Sustainability in Early Childhood Curriculum Frameworks Across Five National Contexts International Journal of Early Childhood, >DOI

Hirst NJ, Boyd DJ, Sageidet B, Weldemariam K, Grogan L, Hughes F, Browder JK. A Transnational study of Early Childhood Education for Sustainability (ECEfS) from England, Sweden, Norway, Australia and the USA; (re) searching education for sustainable development within early childhood curricula frameworks. Hirst NJ, Boyd DJ. International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education,

Hirst NJ. Using Pecha Kucha as formative assessment in two undergraduate modules. (Re) conceptualizing ‘the right lines’ Practitioner Research in Higher Education Journal,

Posters

Hirst NJ, Boyd DJ. 2016. Embedding the English Early Years Foundation Stage into the Eco-School programme; visualising the journey LJMU Festival of Research; Organic Collaborations

Other

Gallard D, Hirst N, Taylor E, Boyd D, Daly A, Wilcott L, Webb E. 2015. The Development of a pedagogical space for Early years & Early childhood studies programmes at LJMU

Chapters

Hodson E. 2011. Hodson, E and Hirst, N The Placement Experience in Basford, J. & Hodson, E. (2011) Successful Placements in Early Years Settings. Exeter: Learning Matters. Successful Placements in Early Years Settings Learning Matters. Exeter 9781844453825

Performances

Hirst N. ‘Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) one year on: What difference has it made’? Dr Ian Barron (MMU) Lynne Clarke (MMU) and Nicky Hirst (MMU) (October 2007) ‘Transforming the Early Years Workforce’ Education Conference: Earls Court Conference Centre London

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Award title: Best paper award at MIT Boston USA The Faculty of Education, Health and Community’s Diane Boyd and Nicky Hirst have been awarded Best Paper at the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2016) held in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston., Awarding body: MIT Boston USA, URL: https://www2.ljmu.ac.uk/newsupdate/viewarticle/2685/

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Organisation: HEA

Media Coverage:

Links #2: http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/feature/1156516/sustainability-part-3-bees-are-buzzing-in-the-trees, Links #1: http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/feature/1156068/sustainability-part-2-taking-the-lead, Media coverage: Nursery World- How to embed sustainability into early childhood education Sustainability: Part 2- Taking the Lead -22nd February 2016 Sustainability: Part 3 – Bees are buzzing in the trees – 21st March 2016

Links #1: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/nursery-pupils-work-eco-friendly-7244581, Media coverage: The development of an ecologically built Bird Hide at Everton Nursery School and Family Centre