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Dr Rosie Flewitt
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6754
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  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of 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 

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, which 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 Co-Director of The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy, Co-Head of Academic Research in the Department for Learning and Leadership, and a member of the Multimodal Research Centre at UCL Knowledge Lab.

Research Summary

My work focuses on young children's communication, language and literacy development in mainstream and inclusive education, participatory research method,  and multimodality and ethnography. I am co-Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 years), Head of Research in the Department of Learning and Leadership, and on the Leadership Team for the China Early Years Centre.

Funded Research Summary

2017-2018: P.I. with Co-I Dr Kate Cowan. Valuing young children’s signs of learning: observation and digital documentation of play in early years classrooms. £34,350. Funder: The Froebel Trust. 2017-2018.

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 Jones (P.I.), Dr Potter and Dr Domingo.

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

2015-2016: European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET) (£1,662,000, funder European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture). Co-I with P.I. Prof 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 Cremin (P.I.), Prof Swann, Dr Faulkner and Dr Kucirkova.

2011: The iPad: a new direction for early literacy in the digital age? (£4,400, funder Open University). Co-I with Prof Messer (P.I.) and 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 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 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 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 currently contribute to the MA in Early Years Education, Primary PGCE and Early Years Initial Teacher Training.

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