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Dr Rosie Flewitt
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UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6754
Appointment
  • Reader in Early Communication and Literacy
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

EDUCATION
PhD (2003) 'Is every child's voice heard? Longitudinal case studies of 3-year-old children's communicative strategies at home and in a preschool playgroup', University of Southampton (ESRC-funded).
MA in Education (1998) The Open University
Licence es  lettres (Litteratures Anglophones), Universite F. Rabelais, Tours, France
BA French & German, University of Aston, Birmingham 

CAREER
After teaching translation and linguistics at University of Tours, France, I developed a career in educational publishing and broadcasting (Longman/Pearson and BBC World Service). I then became fascinated by how young children learn to talk, and this led to an ESRC-funded PhD and ESRC-funded post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southampton, followed by an RCUK Academic Fellowship at The Open University. I joined UCL IOE in 2013, and am currently Reader in Early Communication and Literacy, based in the Department for Learning and Leadership, and a member of the Multimodal Research Centre at UCL Knowledge Lab.

Research Summary

My research focuses on the complementary themes of:

  • Young children's (0-8) communication and emergent literacy
  • Creative approaches to literacy
  • Inclusive early years pedagogy
  • Multimodality

An interwoven thread that runs through my work is the development of multimodal, ethnographic and participatory methods in education research.

 

Funded Research Summary

2017-2019: Mentor for Dr Natalia Kucirkova, (£231,560 FeC, ESRC Future Research Leaders Scheme) Supporting early language development and interest in reading with digital personalised books.

2016: Understanding and communicating the lived experience of children and young people facing severe and multiple disadvantage in the UK (£150,000, funder Lankelly Chase Foundation) Co-I with Prof Phil Jones (P.I.), Dr John Potter and Dr Myrrh Domingo.

2015-2019: The Digital and Multimodal Practices of Young Children (DigiLitEY) (140,000 Euro/annum, funder EU Cooperation in Science and Technology), with Prof J.Marsh, University of Sheffield.

2015-2016: European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET) (£1,662,000, funder European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture), with Prof C.Garbe, Cologne University, Germany.

2012-2013: Evaluation of the Helicopter Technique of Storytelling and Story Acting (£45,000, funder Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Co-I with Prof T.Cremin (P.I.), Prof J.Swann, Dr D.Faulkner and Dr N.Kucirkova.

2011: The iPad: a new direction for early literacy in the digital age? (£4,400, funder Open University) Co-I with Prof David Messer (P.I.) and N.Kucirkova. 

2007- 2010: Multimodal Literacies in the Early Years (£87,500 FeC, funder ESRC). P.I., awarded ‘Outstanding’.

2006: The experiences of young children with learning disabilities attending both special and inclusive preschools. (£6,600, funder Rix, Thomson, Rothenberg Foundation), Co-I with Prof M.Nind, University of Southampton.

2005-2006: Evaluation of play provision at Sure Start Central Southampton (£12,500, funder Southampton Central Sure Start), with Prof J.Bourne, University of Southampton.

2005: Parents choosing to combine special and inclusive early years settings: the best of both worlds? (£5,000, funder Mencap City Foundation), Co-I with Prof M.Nind, University of Southampton.

2004-2005: 3-year-old children's multimodal communicative strategies. (£28,000, funder ESRC), P.I., University of Southampton.

1999-2003: Is every child’s voice heard? Longitudinal case studies of 3-year-old children’s communicative strategies at home and in a preschool playgroup. (£35,000, funder ESRC), P.I. University of Southampton
 

Teaching Summary
I supervise Masters and Doctoral students interested in early communication and literacy in the digital age, young children's multimodal interactions with multiple media, young children growing up in multilingual communities, and children's rights in a complex world. 

I'm joint programme leader for the MA in Early Years Education (Online), and Module Leader for Researching Early Years and Primary Education (MA Early Years Education). I also contribute to the MA modules Contemporary Issues in the Early Years, Early Childhood Education and the MA Dissertation, and guest lecture for initial teacher education programmes.

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