Dr Justine Howard
Associate Professor
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602830
Room: Office - 126
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

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. (2008). Formal Response on Behalf of the Psychological Society on the Fair Play Document.
  2. & (2009). The Effective Play Provision in the Classroom Project. Bridgend Borough Council
  3. & (2010). The Welsh Growth Surveillance Initiative: Consulting Children. NPHS
  4. (2010). Measuring Children's Heights and Weights in Wales: Contribution to the NPHS Consulting Children Report. NPHS
  5. (2010). An Evaluation of the Booktime Project in Wales. Booktrust

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Teaching

  • 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.

  • EYXM06 Perspectives on Play

    This module examines contemporary issues surrounding play and child development with a particular emphasis on diversity and difference. The module considers cultural issues that may influence children's play experiences, for example the impact of war and conflict, approaches to parenting, play materials, opportunities for play and play within early years curricula. Gender differences in play and inclusion are also considered. The module introduces students to a range of findings from recent studies of play and considers factors surrounding diversity and difference that may impact on professional practice. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences of play in childhood in relation to the theories and accounts presented. As part of this module students may have the opportunity to observe and reflect on play practice through a fieldtrip to a children┬┐s service provision.

  • 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.

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: Prof Amy Brown
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King
  • The Impact of a Music Education Program on the Emotional Well-Being of Elementary Students in a Rural Community (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Kemp
  • The Impact of a Play Intervention on the Social and Emotional Skills of Kindergarten Children in Saudi Arabia (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King
  • The impact on parental migration to the UK on the development of children up to 11 years old (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Condon