Dr Justine Howard
Associate Professor
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602830

Dr Justine Howard is a Chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  Her background is in developmental psychology and the psychology of education.  She is also trained in Developmental and Therapeutic Play.  She has wide ranging classroom experience in primary schools and for a number of years worked as a play specialist alongside children with additional learning needs, before training as a psychologist. 

Her PhD was in the psychology of Education, specifically early education and the psychology of play and playfulness.  Her extensive publications are focused on learning and development in the early years, play and learning, the challenge of implementing a play-based curriculum, teacher’s perspectives on their role in children’s play and the therapeutic benefits of play. Justine is regularly asked to act in an expert capacity.  She has been teaching and researching in HE for more than 15 years at UG and PG level and has PhD supervision experience focused on topics directly related to education.  

 

Publications

  1. & Trainee teachers’ perspectives on play characteristics and their role in children's play: an international comparative study amongst trainees in the Netherlands, Wales, Germany and Finland. European Early Childhood Educational Research Journal 23(2)
  2. & Free choice or adaptable choice: self-determination theory and play. American Journal of Play 9(1), 56-70.
  3. & Living in a Broken World: How young children's well being is supported through playing out their earthquake experiences. In Cindy Clark (Ed.), Play and Wellbeing. Routledge.
  4. & Play in Middle Childhood: Everyday Play Behaviour and Associated Emotions. Children & Society
  5. & Play as a resource for children facing adversity: an exploration of indicative case studies. Children and Society 26(6)

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Teaching

  • EDN101 Introduction to Learning and Teaching

    This module will introduce students to key factors that are relevant to effective teaching and learning. It will consider evidence for effective professional practice relating to learning environments, communication strategies and behaviour management. Students will explore the various roles of the educator in contemporary educational practice and theories of teaching and learning. Specific aspects influencing effective learning will also be introduced, for example attention, motivation and expectancy effects. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own educational experiences in relation to effective teaching and learning practice.

  • EDN201 Child Development

    This module aims to enable students to gain an appreciation of key issues within developmental science. They will consider critical and current questions relating to development, for example, nature versus nurture, discontinuity versus continuity and active development versus passive development. Classical and contemporary theories will be presented. Students will consider development across domains from birth through to adolescence.

  • EDN205 Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience

    This module will enable students to build upon the employability skills they acquired from EDN104 Employability and Study Skills in an Educational Context and / or the SEA bronze level award. It is designed to encourage students to enhance their employability through a supported programme of work experience and achievement of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) silver level award. Students will develop key transferable employability skills and achieve specific employability competencies through the production of a Personalised Placement Learning Record.

  • EDN300 Dissertation

    This dissertation module will enable students to pursue an empirical study on a topic of their choice relating to education across contexts according to their academic interest or future career aspirations. It will require students to formulate an appropriate research question and to design and execute a research project that will address their chosen question in a coherent and systematic manner. Students will have the flexibility to pursue a research topic related to education that might be relevant to their career aspirations across the full range of contexts where knowledge and expertise in education is applicable.

  • EDN305 Difference and Diversity in Education

    This module will explore the aspects of difference and diversity that are relevant to educational practice across a variety of contexts. Topics will include, for example, issues pertaining to gender and education, multi-culturalism, social class, poverty and inequality and the impact of adversity on learning and development. It will involve the critical evaluation of research evidence as to the impact of such issues and will consider best practice to ensure equitable and appropriate educational experiences.

  • EDN307 Dissertation in Education

    This dissertation module will enable students to pursue a literature review on a topic of their choice relating to education and/ or their joint honours subject area. It will require students to formulate an appropriate research question and to conduct a thorough literature review in order to address their chosen question in a coherent and systematic manner. Students will have the flexibility to pursue the sustained enquiry of a topic related to education that might be relevant to their career aspirations. Students will work independently guided by a nominated supervisor from the education teaching team.

  • EYPM05 Dissertation in Play

    The aim of this module is for students to undertake an independent study on an approved topic related to play and playwork. This could involve empirical research or a literature review. Students will be given individual as well as group advice and support either in the selection of their chosen focus for literature review or with their research design, data collection and data analysis. All students will be given guidance in relation to the presentation and structure of their dissertation.

  • EYPM11 Play Theory and Practice

    This module is a core component of the MA in Developmental and Therapeutic Play and focuses on developing theoretically justified play practice across multiple professional contexts. The module considers theories of play, definitions of play, and evidence as to the importance of play for children's health and development across multiple domains. We consider a variety of play types; exploring and evaluating the developmental and therapeutic potential of these via practical workshops, group discussions and a critical evaluation of relevant research. We consider whether any fundamental characteristics of play separate it from other modes of action. We also consider the process of play, developmental progression in play and the use of play in observation and assessment.

  • EYXM01 Researching Childhood

    This module will examine and critically analyse the advantages and limitations of various research models and research methods relevant to the social sciences. Students will examine the significance of research for professional practice with children and critically evaluate relevant published research studies. The module serves to prepare students for the completion of literature based and empirical projects. It is a requirement that all students on this module have enhanced DBS clearance.

  • EYXM07 Dissertation

    The aim of this module is for students to undertake an independent study on an approved topic related to childhood studies. This could involve empirical research or a literature review. Students will be given individual as well as group advice and support either in the selection of their chosen focus for literature review or with their research design, data collection and data analysis. All students will be given guidance in relation to the presentation and structure of their dissertation.

  • EYXM12 Understanding and Observing Child Development

    The module will consider classical and contemporary theories of child development. Various aspects of development will also be discussed (for example, language, the self, sociability and cognition). It will consider diversity and difference in relation to children's development (for example, issues relating to culture, gender or disability) and key questions relating to our understanding of children's development (for example, nature and nurture). Students will consider a range of observational techniques and will set up and undertake at least six 1-hour observations of a child and link these observations to theories of child development. The module will be of interest to anyone wishing to gain a detailed understanding of children's development and skills in reflective observation pertinent to professional practice across a range of children's services. It is a requirement that all students on this module have enhanced DBS clearance.

Supervision

  • Empowering the Future, Embracing the Past- Head Start's role in preserving the culture for the Choctaw Nation's youngest members (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amy Brown
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Kemp
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King