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Prof Iram Siraj
Room F9
9-11 Endsleigh Gardens
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6218
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  • Honorary Professor
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education
I worked as an early years teacher for most of the 1980s and have been an academic and researcher for 30 years, holding positions at the universities of Warwick and London. I currently have a substantial secondment to the University of Wollongong, Australia till December 2018 developing research and capacity in to early learning at the $44 million Early Start Research Institute. My work has included advising governments overseas as well as in the UK.

I have lectured in over 40 countries and co/authored over 70 books and published research reports as well as around 200 refereed journal articles and chapters in scholarly texts.

Personal country knowledge

Sweden, Norway, France, Portugal, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Cuba, Caribbean, USA, Uganda, Ethiopia, Egypt: curriculum, policy, pedagogy and quality

Research Summary

I am interested in researching young children's learning and development as it is mediated through their home learning environments, the early years workforce, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment. I am particularly interested in children and families from vulnerable backgrounds and how early education environments can help support their social mobility. I am also interested in what shapes learners' life-course trajectories over time. I enjoy studying these aspects as part of trans-disciplinary teams of researchers using complex multi-method research and analyses, which I believe can lead to more rigorous and credible inferences. Such studies have included the 17 year EPPSE study based at IoE, UCL, the E4Kids study - Melbourne University and several RCTs in the UK, Ireland and Australia which are using evidence based professional development interventions to promote workforce development and support child outcomes in disadvantaged communities.

Teaching Summary

  • Teaching:
    • • MA Early Childhood Education
      • EdD and PhD doctoral research training programmes.
    • Doctoral supervision with a large number of completions since 1998

Academic Background
    ATQ09 - Other UK accreditation or qualification in teaching in the higher education sector  
    Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional).  
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