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Ms Pamela Oberhuemer
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  • Honorary Senior Research Associate
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

In England I studied Education and German and taught in a London infant school before making the transition to Munich in the mid-1970s. For over 30 years I was an early years researcher at the State Institute of Early Childhood Research (IFP). Since 2010 I have been working as a freelance researcher in various commissioned projects and also holding guest lectures and seminars in English and German universities.In 2018, I was conferred the title of Honorary Senior Research Associate at the University College London Institute of Education (IOE), Thomas Coram Research Unit.

I was invited by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to work on the first two Starting Strong reviews (I and II) on early childhood policies in 20 countries and was rapporteur for the evaluation team on early childhood education and care in the USA (1999) and Ireland (2004). In 2014 I acted as a consultant for the new Early Childhood Teacher Education Programme at the University of Chile, Santiago. Ongoing consultancy work in Germany includes being a member of the scientific board of a project on qualifying for leadership in ECEC at the University of Education in Weingarten.

I am currently an editorial board member of Early Years - An International Research Journal (Routledge/Taylor Francis) and the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy (Springer Open). I was an academic editor of Early Years - An International Research Journal for eleven years.

Besides publishing widely in English and German, I have given invited addresses throughout Germany and  Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK) and also in Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and the United States.

Research Summary

I am a freelance researcher based in Munich, Germany. My research interests centre around early childhood education and care policies, pedagogies and professionalisation issues in an international perspective. Earlier research topics (in the German context) included: the transition from kindergarten to primary school; children’s perspectives on family; intercultural pedagogy; management quality in early childhood services; professional learning concepts and strategies.

Since the mid-1990s my main research focus has been on cross-national studies of early childhood education and care and related professional education/training systems, particularly in the European context. I was lead researcher of the seepro study (Systems of Early Childhood Education and Professionalisation) at the State Institute of Early Childhood Research (Staatsinstitut für Frühpädagogik), commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Family and Youth Affairs and published in 2010 in English and German. From 2015-2018 I was an external researcher for the State Institute of Early Childhood Research in a follow-up project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Family and Youth Affairs on Workforce Profiles in Early Childhood Education and Care Systems in Europe (seepro-r). The research findings were published online (www.seepro.eu).

I co-ordinated a six-country study (published in 2012) on the continuing professional development of the early years workforce in Europe. The research was commissioned by the German Youth Institute (DJI) for WiFF, a nation-wide Early Years Professional Development Initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Social Fund (ESF). Within the same framework I conducted a seven-country research study on the mentoring role of early childhood educators within the workplace-based element of professional education and training, published online in 2014. In 2012-13 I contributed towards an eight-country study on access and quality issues relating to children from disadvantaged backgrounds conducted by The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics and Political Science and funded by the Nuffield Foundation (published in 2014).

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