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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

Academic appointments

External examiner for the Foundation Degree in Early Years, University of Worcester, 2015 - 2018

Publications

Journal article

Hirst NJ. 2018. Education for sustainability in higher education; Early Childhood Studies as a site for provocation, collaboration and inquiry Education 3-13, >DOI

Hirst NJ, Boyd D, Browder J, Emery S. 2018. Watery Webs of Interconnectedness: Waterways as Pedagogical Sites Croatian Journal of Education-Hrvatski Casopis za Odgoj i obrazovanje, 19

Hirst NJ. 2018. Education for Sustainability within Early Childhood Studies; Collaboration and inquiry through projects with children. EDUCATION 3-13,, 47

Tigistu Weldemariam K, Boyd DJ, Hirst NJ, Sageidet B, Browder J, Grogan L, Hughes F. 2017. A Critical Analysis of Concepts Associated with Sustainability in Early Childhood Curriculum Frameworks Across Five National Contexts International Journal of Early Childhood, 49 :1-19 >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,

Internet publication

Boyd DJ, Hirst N, McNeill C. 2017. an early years resource that can support children, parents and the community to understand and promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The pedagogical toolkit supports and challenges early years practitioners to understand how they can embed crucial ecological values into their practice. Embedded into the framework is the English EYFS (DfE, 2017), the nine themes of Eco-School England, place-based learning, and the three pillars of ESD. The toolkit also supports the fundamental British values. The project has evolved through consultations across England as well as networking opportunities to develop wider stakeholder partnerships. Key stakeholders and a diverse range of providers and practitioners are now committed to working alongside LJMU to develop this pedagogical framework. >Link

Boyd DJ, Hirst N, McNeill C. 2017. ECEFS PEDAGOGICAL TOOLKIT – ACTIVITY RESOURCE PACK

Boyd DJ, Hirst N, McNeill C. 2017. https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Pack-1.pdf

Book

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

Conference publication

Boyd DJ, Hirst NJ. 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

Boyd DJ, Hirst N. DOCUMENTATION AS A LISTENING STRATEGY; USING BEACH KINDY AS A PEDAGOGICAL PLACE EarlyChildhood The foundtions for a Sustainable future, OMEP 69TH WORLD CONFERENCE :18-35

Boyd DJ, Hirst N, Nikiforidou Z. Embedding the EYFS into the Eco-schools Programme; Visualising the journey Diane Boyd*, Liverpool John Moores University, England :61-71

Chapters

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? Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education

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

Poster

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

Report

Bath C, Hirst N, Boyd D, Tracy F, Curtis L, Daly A. 2015. Exploring and Developing Hubs of Early Years Practice and CPD Final Research Report

Hirst N, Boyd D. 2014. Early Years; Policy Advice and Future Research Agendas; A BERA Early Childhood Special Interest Group; TACTYC; Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators Collaboration (February 2014).

Bath C, Hirst NJ, Daly A, Tracy F, Boyd D, Forrester G. Interim Evaluation Report of Exploring and Developing Regional Hubs of Early Years Practice and CPD. North Liverpool Teaching School Partnership; Working in Partnership with the National College for Teaching and Leadership

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

Performance

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

Conference presentation:

Early Childhood Education for Sustainability as a scaffold for transformative learning in higher education, Getting to the Heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Role of Teacher Education in Prompting Critical Engagement and Action, Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network (TEESNet) Eleventh Annual Conference 11th September 2018, Liverpool Hope University, Oral presentation 11/09/2018

Award:

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., MIT Boston USA, https://www2.ljmu.ac.uk/newsupdate/viewarticle/2685/

Fellowships:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA

Media Coverage:

http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/feature/1156516/sustainability-part-3-bees-are-buzzing-in-the-trees, http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/feature/1156068/sustainability-part-2-taking-the-lead, 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

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